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Offline The Reaper

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Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« on: April 23, 2018, 01:22:25 PM »
Just cleaned my front and rear brakes, but my back wheel is now not spinning freely, almost as if the brake is binding slightly. There were no issues before. 
I have taking it apart again, the piston is moving fine. Any ideas as to why this is happening? The pads are fairly new.

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #1 on: April 23, 2018, 01:50:52 PM »
Did you top up the rear fluid level at any time?  Doing so and then pushing the pistons back would cause the pistons to creap back out as there is nowhere for the fluid to go.

Or you've managed to incorrectly assemble the caliper onto the wheel.

Or the near side rear pad is not correctly located in the forward carrier.
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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #2 on: April 23, 2018, 02:00:20 PM »
*Originally Posted by KildareMan [+]
Did you top up the rear fluid level at any time?  Doing so and then pushing the pistons back would cause the pistons to creap back out as there is nowhere for the fluid to go.

Or you've managed to incorrectly assemble the caliper onto the wheel.

Or the near side rear pad is not correctly located in the forward carrier.

No, fluid is between lower and upper levels.

Have checked and double checked and the caliper is on properly. I have followed Muddysumps guide.

Pads are correctly located in the carriers.

Wheel does move ok, but not as loosely as before.

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #3 on: April 23, 2018, 02:29:43 PM »
hmmmm,

  • Chain tensioners matching marks?
  • Axle nut too tight?  Loosen and spin
  • Both spacers installed?

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #4 on: April 23, 2018, 03:46:06 PM »
*Originally Posted by KildareMan [+]
hmmmm,

  • Chain tensioners matching marks?
  • Axle nut too tight?  Loosen and spin
  • Both spacers installed?

Havent touched any of that. Which is why Im stumped!
I think the problem is with the n/s pad as I can wiggle the o/s pad slightly and it will move.

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #5 on: April 23, 2018, 05:35:53 PM »
UPDATE - after spending a whole afternoon buggering about with it, I *THINK* I may have found the issue. The retaining clip that goes at the top inside the caliper was slightly bent, after playing with that for a bit the wheel is now running more freely. Still not perfect though so I may just order another one and replace it.

On a plus note, i am now an expert at taking off  and reassembling a rear caliper!
I will be going for a test ride a bit later on and will see what its like.

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #6 on: April 23, 2018, 07:17:09 PM »
Is the sliding caliper free & sliding as it should?
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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #7 on: April 23, 2018, 07:39:18 PM »
*Originally Posted by Paulhere [+]
Is the sliding caliper free & sliding as it should?

It does move yes, but to be honest Ive never really paid any attention to it so no idea how much it should move.

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #8 on: April 23, 2018, 08:32:37 PM »
Have you ever watched 'Muddysumps' helpful Tiger servicing videos, including one on the rear brake?
If not here it is, could help you see what's playing up?

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Re: Rear wheel stiff after cleaning brake pads
« Reply #9 on: April 23, 2018, 08:45:08 PM »
*Originally Posted by Stevie.P [+]
Have you ever watched 'Muddysumps' helpful Tiger servicing videos, including one on the rear brake?
If not here it is, could help you see what's playing up?

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I did say above that I followed Muddysumps guide.  :001:

 


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