over hauling a calliper is easy enough even a master cylinder can be refurbished if the bike wont hold a break a kit can be bought . back to the calliper . corrosion behind the piston seals can push them out causing the break to seize up use a home made scraping tool ith a right angle on it made from a wash up liquid to clean out the seal grooves . the sliding bush can corrode too and seize the break . I have had this happen clean with sand paper and re grease I used copper slip works ok but i have heard red silicone or rubber grease as its also know as is good stuff for the job its also great for fitting fork seals . if the pistons only have light corrosion out at the end a rub with wet and dry sand paper bring them up good again . a good clean and grease up should sort you out . if you need new pistons don't buy economy pistons from wemote they are rubbish destroyed with rust after 2 years of year round riding . fine job I kept my old pistons a quick clean up and popped them back in and good to go again for another year or 2 . a well serviced break is a strong break . pads loose their vitality and stopping power over time some never had any to start with . ebc hh sintered pads give a good break without even a braided hose on a 25 year old Transalp 600 :thumbup:
As stated above the first and easiest thing is to whip the pads out and give them a thin coat of copper grease on the back face. Only a small amount and steer well clear of friction surface and rubber seals. Only if this doesn't work would I worry about a strip down.
For info mine have just started squealing and this is exactly what I will do when I have a spare half hour. At this time of year any grease gets washed away leaving the pads dry and this can cause it.
Inspect the pads and change if required. I always use good quality pads and i never worry too much about costs given the safety criticality of the area. you don't want to be responsible for swmbo doing down the road
My mistake, bit far for a South East meet up then:toothy9:
Good luck with the brakes. I also have to look at mine because the squeal like yours (swmbo's). I hope to get some time at the weekend around decorating and hopefully my new crash bars will arrive so hope to get them fitted too.
This is the first bike I have splashed out quite a lot of dosh on.
Its got the essentials:
Not so essential:
Fuel end can
High touring screen
Home made satnav mount + 12 volt socket
Home made larger side stand foot
Using old tank bag and throw over panniers and ready for next trip :thumbup:
Must be a keeper
Just started making plans for another trip to Germany but this time probably to the Harz mountains. Living near Harwich I can use the overnight ferry or the Channel Tunnel is less than 2 hours away for a longer but cheaper ride.
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