Time for new brake pads?


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Zman457
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Time for new brake pads?

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Howdy everyone,
I'm the second owner of a 96SE with just over 26k miles.
Took the bike to work today and when I got there the bike really didn't want to roll/coast "free" in the parking lot. It seems like maybe the rear brake is dragging. The bike rolled fine backing out of the garage. The pedal seemed unusually soft when I left the house but firmed up after a couple of pumps and felt unusually firm when I got to work. I only used the brakes 3 times on my 25 mile mostly highway commute. It's not stopping any different and no unusual noises.
I'm guessing that it's time for new fluid and pads, and possibly a deep cleaning of brake system? I'm still at work now so I haven't had a chance to look at anything. It will be a couple of days yet.
Should I get a jump start on getting new pads heading to my place? Any other possibilities you can think of?
Hard to concentrate on work when I have more important things to think about.

Thanks


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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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Just got home. I didn't touch the brakes until I needed them. Used them 4 times, pedal seemed a little lower than normal and brakes seemed fine. Got home and the bike seems to roll just fine and nothing seems hot.
Hmmm?
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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A 1996 with 26,000 miles. That is 28 years. Did you replace the brake fluid when you bought it? If not, I'm betting it is way overdue.

The pads, if OEM pads, should be good for about 40,000 miles or so. I doubt they are due for replacement.
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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Remove & Rebuild the Caliper, replace the pads

I'd also grab a suction tool and a one way bleeder and suck out the old brake fluid
replace with new

maybe also drain & refill your diff gear oil
grab a good light and check your tire while your back there :-)
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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bbrackett wrote: Mon Aug 29, 2022 8:27 am Remove & Rebuild the Caliper, replace the pads

I'd also grab a suction tool and a one way bleeder and suck out the old brake fluid
replace with new

maybe also drain & refill your diff gear oil
grab a good light and check your tire while your back there :-)
ding ding , we have a winner! also, replace those pads. just how long is the glue supposed to last? delaminaion of brake pads does happen, so does lip skids.
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:-( I think you need new glasses ?? :-)
I did suggest replacing the pads :-) :-(
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didnt miss that. saw that. i got one eye and saw that! its why i said you were a winner.
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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wish you well kind sir
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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I'd do the brake fluid first. Sometimes that helps a lot just getting all the old out. Took me several rides to finally get the pedal to act like it's supposed to due to old fluid.
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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I agree with the above suggestions that you need to flush and replace the old brake fluid. Also while at the master cylinder, poke a small wire (1 piece from a wire brush works) through the tiny return hole in the master cylinder. It will be under a little tab that you can remove by popping it out with a screwdriver. If it is plugged the brakes will start to drag after a few stops when the fluid gets warmer. There are two holes at the bottom of the master cylinder.... one of them (the return) is really, really small and is the one that gets plugged with old fluid if not changed regularly and and if sitting idle for long periods.
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Re: Time for new brake pads?

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Thanks for the heads up on possible plugged holes in the master cylinder.
Tearing the bike apart has been on hold due to a bathroom remodel. I would much rather work on the bike that's for sure.
I'll let you all know what I found when I can get to it.

Thanks again, Eric


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