brakes

Discussion in 'Sportster Models' started by Painter61, Oct 13, 2010.

  1. Painter61

    Painter61 Member

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    back brakes some times are tight when i push on them then some times they have some give to them. shiould i bleed them or is it a claiper problem
     
  2. Jack Klarich

    Jack Klarich Expert Member

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    Try cleaning the caliper pistons first then bleed the brake:D
     
  3. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Jack has you covered...look at this procedure from the Self Help Tips tab...

    http://www.hdtalking.com/brakes_tires_and_wheels/2887-brake_caliper_maintenance.html

    I usually remove the calipers carefully, and pre-rinse with clear water in a pan...don't want that going into our storm drains. Use a shoe lace to clean the exposed pistons so when you push them back into the bores they are clean going in.

    Bleeding rear brakes can be tricky because master cylinder is not the "highest" point, so air bubbles can be stubborn, do not be afraid to have help pressing the pedal while timing the opening and closing of the bleeder valve and tap and wiggle lines to dislodge air bubbles.

    http://www.hdtalking.com/brakes_tires_and_wheels/3128-brake_bleeding_tips.html
     
  4. Safehaven

    Safehaven Active Member

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    How do you pre-rinse something? ;)