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Old 11-03-2012, 07:17 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Master Cylinder repair kit, still no front brake

Hey everyone

I just put in a new repair kit for the master cylinder for the Hand brake, put it back together, pumped air out of the line an still no brake.. Anybody have an idea of what could be wrong still?

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Old 11-03-2012, 07:48 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Piston could be stuck. You got resistance on the lever? Or lever goes all the way to the grip?
Resistance with no brake = stuck piston.
Lever fade to grip = air or you rebuilt it wrong.
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Old 11-03-2012, 08:22 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Uh, did you hook up the cable?
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Uh, did you hook up the cable?
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Old 11-03-2012, 09:47 PM   #5 (permalink)
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If you can pump it up and get brake, you've got air in the line.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:20 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Uhh yes the line is hooked up and yes there is brake fluid before you ask that. . The lever goes all the way to the grip. Before I installed the repair kit I would have brake one day on the next nothing. I'm going to open it back up tomorrow and also check the caliper.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:29 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Uhh yes the line is hooked up and yes there is brake fluid before you ask that. . The lever goes all the way to the grip. Before I installed the repair kit I would have brake one day on the next nothing. I'm going to open it back up tomorrow and also check the caliper.
Not trying to insult you.. so don't take this the wrong way. Are you bleeding air out by pumping the brake, cracking open your bleeder and before you get to the grip closing it back up again?? If you let off too soon your pulling air back in. I am betting you did the correct assembly ya just need to get the air out. Sounds simple but lots of time not so much.. been there done that.
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That could be where I'm going wrong. I tried pulling the air out with a vacuum pump.
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And not offended btw. Open to any help, I miss the obvious things like everybody else.
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Old 11-03-2012, 10:38 PM   #10 (permalink)
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That could be where I'm going wrong. I tried pulling the air out with a vacuum pump.
Actually this is the best way, but I am still betting on air. Run some more fluid through it. I had a stubborn one once that about drove me nuts but bled it with no vacuum pump.

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