worn pads

Discussion in 'Wheels' started by dgray65, Nov 22, 2008.

  1. dgray65

    dgray65 New Member

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    I recently replaced the rear pads on my 01 road king classic and they were worn to the metal on the front of the pad but had 1/8 inch left in the rear . The next day we had a braking problem where I had no brakes for a second then they locked up and caused an accident. Is there a common problem with the rear calipers on these. Any help with this please ! thanks everyone.
     
  2. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    Not a common problem at all. It may have been in the assembly of the new pads and something was hung up until you used the brakes and it released.
     
  3. dgray65

    dgray65 New Member

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    Thanks !! I was hoping someone could enlighten me as to what to look for when i disassemble the rear to make sur it does not happen again and for peace of mind.
     
  4. NEWHD74FAN

    NEWHD74FAN Experienced Member Retired Moderators

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    Make sure when you remove the old pads, to clean the exposed pistons of all the debris. In the attached link Glider uses an ol' shoe string & BrakeKleen (over rags to protect runoff into storm drains)...but read the text all the way through, your bike will thank you and possibly end further "drama" with changing out your pads. :s

    Brake Caliper Maintenance - Harley Davidson Community

    PS dont't forget to use your HD Service Manual regarding lubing of the pins and lightly sanding both the pads & rotors to a satin "random" swirl finish, again cleaning w/ BrakeKleen to ensure the new pads "bed-in" properly in about 100 miles using firm, but smooth braking.":)
     
    Last edited: Nov 23, 2008
  5. TQuentin1

    TQuentin1 Well-Known Member Staff Member Moderator

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    Very sorry to read about your problem, and I hope everyone is OK.

    But this is a very important message to all readers that work on their own or someone elses brakes. After reassembling the brake system and mounting on the bike, it is important to bleed the brakes carefully to make sure all air is purged from the hydraulic system. Then once done, it is VERY important to pump up the brakes hard and try to move the bike with the brakes applied front brakes then rear brakes. DO NOT start the bike and ride it UNTIL you are sure that the brakes are working.

    TQ
     
  6. biscuit

    biscuit Junior Member

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    If you go to the Lyndall Brakes site,you'll find a most excellent article on how and why to service your callipers complete.It's a great read and is perfect for pros and dummies:NOT that i'm alluding to any of you being dummies.:D
     
  7. glider

    glider Veteran Member

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    No need to go to the Lyndall site, it's in the self help forum.:D

    Brake Caliper Maintenance - Harley Davidson Community