Do I need to rebuild my calipers?


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PuppyWing
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Do I need to rebuild my calipers?

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Hi everybody. I have a 1983 Aspencade I'm restoring. It came with the standard issue hard-to-move rear brake pedal and I have been working on freeing it up with success. The issue is when I move the brake pedal up and down, an oily fluid drips from around the middle of the chassis. I'm assuming that is brake fluid. What is happening here and what do I need to do to fix it?


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Wilcoy02
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Re: Do I need to rebuild my calipers?

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Sounds like you need to replace the brake lines.
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Re: Do I need to rebuild my calipers?

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Pull the right side side cover off..sounds like the master or the splitter is leaking.
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

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RBGERSON wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2017 7:48 am Pull the right side side cover off..sounds like the master or the splitter is leaking.
I checked but didn't see anything. I tried to open the brake fluid reservoir but it won't budge. Do I need to push down and turn? The fluid is dripping off the left muffler and can be traced coming from a higher spot. I never worked on a motorcycle before so I don't know what I'm looking at.
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Re: Do I need to rebuild my calipers?

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The cap just twists off..no pushing down.try some goose necks??? left side how far back I thought you said center bike? If so could be the connection at the caliper line..a caliper leak would be on the tail pipe part. Look at a parts fiche for your year at eh rear break master, to see possibilities
HAD LOTS OF GOLDWING 75-83
NOW INTO 1500'S..RIDING A 1998 SE

FAIR WINDS,
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Re: Do I need to rebuild my calipers?

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RBGERSON wrote: Sat Dec 09, 2017 2:23 pm The cap just twists off..no pushing down.try some goose necks??? left side how far back I thought you said center bike? If so could be the connection at the caliper line..a caliper leak would be on the tail pipe part. Look at a parts fiche for your year at eh rear break master, to see possibilities
I thought it was center also. I didn't know the muffler was so close. The first weld point is saturated. The bike has decorative chrome side pieces so it obstructs a clear view but I can see there is a reservoir there. I think it's starting to make sense. Where's a good place to find brake lines? Also, are you referring to a gooseneck wrench?
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Re: Do I need to rebuild my calipers?

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Yes he is talking about a wrench.

this site has brake lines. viewtopic.php?f=9&t=11422

Go to the top of page and look at "how to articles" for brake questions.
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Thanks everyone. I'm glad I joined this site.


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