Join Date: Apr 2002
Location: Fairfax, VA, USA
Re: Odd behaviour from brakes
Also, look inside the master cylinder reservoir and check that the small fluid return hole at the bottom of the reservoir is open -- if it clogs, pressure in the brake circuit cannot be relieved, so the calipers won't release (same symptom as an internally collapsed/failed brake hose).
When you do this, put a paper towel over the top of the reservoir, and a plastic trash bag over the tupperware under the grip. You will no doubt squeeze and release the front brake lever with the reservoir cap off -- when you do, if the main hole between the reservoir and the master cylinder piston bore is not plugged, you'll get a brief, strong fountain-like spurt of brake fluid shooting up a foot or more into the air, then onto your tupperware or windshield. I had this happen with my '02 LT -- when it was in for warranty brake work, the tech allowed a "spurt," which permanently marred the right windshield winglet. The paper towel over top of the reservoir minimizes the spray.