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Old 11-14-2012, 03:26 PM   #1 (permalink)
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2006 XL 883 Low Rear brakes will not function.

I am replacing the rear brake pads on my 883. This is the first time I have done my breaks but I followed numerous instructions and now the brake will not function. I applied pressure and the piston will only move marginally. Also, the caliper has wiggle room and I can move it. I checked all the bolts and they are all tight. I am not sure what is wrong. Any ideas?
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Old 11-14-2012, 07:24 PM   #3 (permalink)
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What numerous instructions... what does your service manual say?
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Are you referring to the instructions that come with OEM pads? Have you pumped the pedal a few times? If call you did was push the pistons back in there should be no issues. The pedal does have to be pumped up to feel correct again.
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Are you referring to the instructions that come with OEM pads? Have you pumped the pedal a few times? If call you did was push the pistons back in there should be no issues. The pedal does have to be pumped up to feel correct again.
I found instructions on a Harley forum. I pimped the breaks and nothing. Someone mentioned loosening a thing that had fluid to push the piston in. Some fluid came out. Possible cause?
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I found instructions on a Harley forum. I pimped the breaks and nothing. Someone mentioned loosening a thing that had fluid to push the piston in. Some fluid came out. Possible cause?
Not trying to be a smartass, but how mechanicly inclined are you, and have you ever done brake work on any vehicle? If you loosened the bolt on the caliper, you probably introduced air and now need to bleed the line. If you loosened the top of the master cylinder, you probably need to top off the fluid. If you loosened the banjo bolt connecting the line to the caliper you may need to do both.

Do you have a service manual?

It may be that the only purpose for your life is to serve as a warning to others.
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Old 11-14-2012, 10:16 PM   #7 (permalink)
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Not trying to be a smartass, but how mechanicly inclined are you, and have you ever done brake work on any vehicle? If you loosened the bolt on the caliper, you probably introduced air and now need to bleed the line. If you loosened the top of the master cylinder, you probably need to top off the fluid. If you loosened the banjo bolt connecting the line to the caliper you may need to do both.

Do you have a service manual?

It may be that the only purpose for your life is to serve as a warning to others.
I am moderately inclined.. This is the first time I've attempted brake work
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