location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500


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location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby Slickfirey » Wed Nov 13, 2013 4:14 pm



Recently my Front Left hand Brake locked on.. I went to redress and found I could NOT push back the pistons in the calliper.. when I applied pressure to the pistons to push them back there was in increase in the fluid level in the reservoir also the foot brake pedal was solid to push.. any Ideas folks.. thinking a blocked pipe or a sticky Master cylinder... where would I find the master cylinder..??



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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby Happytrails » Wed Nov 13, 2013 7:10 pm

Welcome to the forums :D Your left front caliber and rear caliber are linked (I think thats the correct term :roll: ) The master cylinder would be on the right side after the battery. If you take off your side cover you should see it.
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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby Slickfirey » Thu Nov 14, 2013 3:57 am

Hey Happy Trails thank you very much for your reply...!! Has anybody out there experienced problems with (while redressing brakes) the braking system pressuring up...??.. as I said I attempted to push back the pistons on the front left caliper but all that happened was pressure built up and I could not depress the brake pedal itself... i.e.. no fluid returned to the reservoir.. has anybody else experienced this…??

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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby dingdong » Thu Nov 14, 2013 8:14 am

That is a very common problem with brake system that hasn't been serviced regularly. There is a tiny return hole in the master cylinder that gets gunked up. If you plan on opening up the master you might as well get a kit and do it right.
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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby Slickfirey » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:08 am

Hey Ding Dong... thanks very much for the reply... :D have you done any work on a master cylinder on the 1500 wing.... how hard a job is it.... ??

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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:27 am

It depends on how much you get into it. You should? pull the master clean and rebuild..but you can just drain the fluid out of the master and find the return hole and clean it out..very small and hard to see..use a small bore needle/wire??? might require a solvent to loosen the plug..I've done it both ways on various bikes..
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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby Slickfirey » Thu Nov 14, 2013 9:31 am

Hey Wingers this is excellent.... :D this Forum is giving me a lot more confidence in doing repairs myself.... is it easy to locate the master and can it be removed without much hassle.... thinking about tackeling it this weekend... do you need a lot of hand tools...??

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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby RBGERSON » Thu Nov 14, 2013 2:26 pm

Nope..a couple of sockets. 10mm or12MM, needle nose pliers maybe to get clips off..not much else..solvent, plastic bottle bush or kitchen scrub pad to ream the cylinder.
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Re: location of Brake Master Cylinder on SE 1500

Postby dingdong » Fri Nov 15, 2013 8:31 am

Rear master is located just behind your right heel is when sitting on the bike. Follow the brake pedal linkage to the rear and you will find it. You should get yourself a service manual for your bike if you plan on doing your own repairs.


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