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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2008, 03:32 PM Thread Starter
 
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Disk brakes?

I recently had some insurance work done after being t-boned. One of my disk brakes on the front took some damage but the other front disk was fine. They only replaced the one disk and now I can pull the handle all they way and it won't lock the tire. Is that from having two different disks with different amounts of wear?
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-28-2008, 03:53 PM
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Two different disks should not make much of a difference. Sounds more like the cable is not adjusted correctly, or there is air in the system. This would give you weak pressure on the disk. The calipers should adjust to each disk and give you good breaking power. The air gives you sponge breaks like what happens on cars with air in the system. Does the brake lever get hard to pull, the more you pull, or does it go right to the handle. If it goes to the handle I would say you have air in the system. The other thing is did they get some grease on the disks, this would keep the bike from stopping also.

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I would try bleeding the brakes, both of them. Sounds like you might have air in the lines.

Can you tell if the caliper is squeezing when you pull the lever?
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Who is "they" ?? , as in "they" only replaced the one disc. (there is no K)

Guessing you mean a dealer's service department?

How many miles have you gone on the new brake?

New brakes take time to "bed in" ..but sounds like they just did a lousy job of bleeding the brakes...so I'd take it back and make them do it right.


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I've gone about 20 KM on it. When I pull the lever till it bottoms out on the throttle the calipers only move the smallest of distances, it's almost not noticeable. The did only replace the one disc. If I repeatedly pump the lever the feeling doesn't change.
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Take it back to whoever did the work and make them fix it. Again, sounds like they did a lousy job and it should all still be covered by insureance...

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Ditto.

Sounds like low fluid/air in the lines. "They" aren't done working on it yet....
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