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post #1 of 10 Old Jan 2nd, 2008, 9:52 am Thread Starter
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Angry Hard Rear Brake Pedal

I've noticed that I've got to press harder on my rear brake pedal then normal to get it to work... I can get the brakes to the point that the ABS kicks in, but I've got to put a lot of effort into it.

I changed the rear pads about 6000 or 7000 miles ago, the same time I bleed the brakes.

I've not had time to look into this yet, but I'm hoping someone else may have had this problem and can save me sometime trouble shooting it.

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Did this start when you bled them?

Could be you've simply fixed a pre-existing 'mushy' pedal.

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It sounds like the pads are glazed. You may have to take them out and score them up. Also check to see if the caliper releases easily when you remove the pads. Good luck!

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Hard Brake Pedal

Thanks for the replies. I'll be getting into the brakes this weekend.

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Thanks for the replies. I'll be getting into the brakes this weekend.
I had a similar deal with my rear pedal after I changed the rear drive. I had gotten the brake line kinked, so when I straighten it out the brake returned to smooth action.

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Lightbulb After Inspection

I took a look at the linkage, the pads, rotors, the brake pedal and everything else in between. The only thing I found was that I was low on brake fluid, almost to the bottom of the reservoir, and one of my Speedbleeders on the rear was weeping.
I added brake fluid and ordered a new Speedbleeder and the 1/2 oz bottle of thread sealant they sell in case I just need to reseal the thread.

Everything moved smoothly and didn't seem to be harder then normal when I work the pedal with my hand.

Maybe its me, or perhaps the brakes are a bit stiffer in the cold weather.

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Lightbulb Update Hard Rear Brake Pedal

It seems the problem with the brake pedal was that the fluid from the leaking speed bleeder got on one of the rear brake pads. I won't know for sure until I get a new set on, but that seems the most likely problem.

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Re: Hard Rear Brake Pedal

Just be advised the thread sealer is only there to seal the threads during the bleed process (bleed screw loose). The bleeder must then be screwed in tight enough to seat and seal the caliper. If it was leaking around the threads it wasn't tight enough.

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Re: Hard Rear Brake Pedal

Mine is hard to press also. I have not checked it out but plan on it after Bike Week.

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The bleeder was tight, but was still leaking around the treads. I ordered a new one and installed it and no more leak. Don't know why it was doin what it was doin. I had tightened the old one down to the point I felt safe. Didn't want to shear off the head of it.

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