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post #1 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 08:26 PM Thread Starter
 
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my rear brakes went out tonight...need some input

So basically my rear brakes went out tonight and I adjusted it as much as i could and it grabs a little but when I'm riding it's not enough to count. what should i check first/do first? Thanks guys!
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post #2 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-18-2007, 10:07 PM
 
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I might help if you will give others an idea of what make & model to yr of bike you are riding.
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post #3 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 09:11 AM
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make model how you ride? I had my rear brakes go out before and basically the pads broke and crumbled. never had a problem came to a stop and bam no rear brakes. but it could be master cyclinder etc...
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post #4 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
 
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oh sorry ....1998 gsxr 600. Yea, i was thinking that but i still have pad left on them.
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post #5 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 11:00 AM
 
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air in the lines? if they are hydraulic? but...they are most likely cable...you could have snapped a cable???
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post #6 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 11:04 AM Thread Starter
 
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I think they are hydraulic though....there is brake fluid in the little plastic box above the brake lines...or atleast I thought this was brake fluid.
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post #7 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-19-2007, 12:39 PM
 
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At a time like this one can forget to put said info down. Okay with that make & model to yr the bike is with hydraulic brake pads front & rear.

You might be a bit heavy on the rear brake & so the pads on the rear have gone.

If you are heavy on the rear brake pedal then check the rear tyre & if it has some flat spots that is a sign of hitting the rear harder then needed. Which could be a fault of the rear brake pedal is set up a bit high, so when hitting the brakes you are accidently pressing the rear brake pedal.

Mind you if it is a 'used' bike then good chance the prior owner(s) were rear brake end artists as we use to call them.

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post #8 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 08:27 AM
 
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How much travel are you getting from the rear brake lever?
Any signs of leaking brake fluid?
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post #9 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 12:51 PM Thread Starter
 
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i can push the lever all the way down and it brakes a little just not much. It's also adjusted as much as i can get it. I think i am gonna bleed my brake line and see if that fixes it. I was just wondering if anyone else has delt with this and bleeding the brake line has fixed it for them. There are no signs of leaking at all.


--- also my pads are still good so replacing the pads won't help me.
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post #10 of 14 (permalink) Old 08-20-2007, 06:00 PM
 
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This may sound stupid... Did you by chance adjust them the wrong way???? hope bleeding them helps.
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