Brake levers not operating


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Bud18
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Brake levers not operating

Post by Bud18 » Wed Jan 24, 2018 9:29 pm



Hello all,

On my bike the front brake handle moves but there is no tension whatsoever there is a little fluid in the resivior but as freely as it operates I’m wondering if i should Get the whole new handle or do a rebuild kit?

Now the rear brake pedal won’t even move, maybe locked up? I beleive I will Try the rebuild kit for it

Back history on bike it’s new to me been sitting for a good year if not longer



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Maz
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1993 Suzuki GS500E

Re: Brake levers not operating

Post by Maz » Thu Jan 25, 2018 2:53 am

I would suggest you first try bleeding the front brake, although if the bike has been sitting for a year, it may be prudent to strip the calipers and check/clean the pistons and replace the seals as well.
The rear brake pedal has more than likely seized on its pivot - a very common problem. Ideally, remove the cotter pin and washer from the pedal pivot, and try tapping the pedal up and down with a hammer, whilst spraying some releasing fluid on the pivot. It will eventually start moving. The pedal can then be removed completely allowing the pivot to be cleaned up before re-greasing and re-assembling.

Maz
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Bud18
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Re: Brake levers not operating

Post by Bud18 » Thu Jan 25, 2018 6:19 am

No hammer was near by haha and ok thanks i will Certainly give that a shot

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Re: Brake levers not operating

Post by Bud18 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:37 pm

Well the foot pedal was froze got it moving but it’s still stiff however i did bleed the front brakes and the brake fluid is bypassing somewhere I’m going to assume the master cylinder but before anything it going to get more brake fluid and try again i think I can Get it back to normal hopefully but the rear is gunna need caliper seals i think at least. Both sets of brakes are now locked due to me messing with it :/

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Re: Brake levers not operating

Post by Bud18 » Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:40 pm

I did Manage to pump a lot of water from the brakes on front so i might be looking at a brake overhaul

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Re: Brake levers not operating

Post by Maz » Sat Jan 27, 2018 2:49 am

Bud18 wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 8:40 pm
I did Manage to pump a lot of water from the brakes on front so i might be looking at a brake overhaul
You need to get the pedal off completely. The pivot will need to be cleaned thoroughly and the rust removed before re-greasing and refitting. If there has been water in any brake circuit, you will be wise to strip and clean the master cylinder and calipers, so you may as well fit new seals, at the very least.
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Re: Brake levers not operating

Post by Bud18 » Sun Jan 28, 2018 5:31 pm

Got the rear brake moving a little better trying to get the cotter pin out is Real snotty . It is very rusted. I did Manage to pull all the calipers and removed the dust cover found a good bit of corrosion, going to get some break fluid tomorrow and maybe next weekend begin to remove the pistons so i can Get the rebuild kits all the while I’ll try to get that roll pin out of the main pivot on the bike



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