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Old 12-03-2012, 05:33 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Replaced front brake pads the other day. Everything seems to work fine. I've put over several hundred miles on with no problems. But the front wheel feels tight to me. I cleaned the calipers real good. Everybody says it's normal but they haven't felt it. The back wheel is a lot more free. I'm real close to taking it to our local dealer and let them check it. Has anyone run into this?. Any thoughts will be appreciated. Thanks in advance.
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Old 12-03-2012, 05:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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When this happened to me I pulled the pads out again and pushed the calipers back then installed them again.


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Old 12-03-2012, 06:11 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Sometimes if you push caliper pistons back in without cleaning them first, the dirt can cause them to get "bindy" as the pads wear again. If you pop the caliper off, extend the pistons carefully and clean them, then return them, you'll see better performance.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:45 AM   #4 (permalink)
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Thanks guys. I appreciate it.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:27 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Ah Ha! It turned out the axle spacers were reversed. I think they had been like that since I got the bike, or the tech that put my tires on made a mistake. The frt. wheel had always been tighter than I thought right, but with well worn pads it wasn't too awful bad. But with new pads, no bueno. I'm good to go now! Thanks for every bodies help.
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Old 12-04-2012, 04:52 PM   #6 (permalink)
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Excellent news Coot.
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