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Offline julianhj

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Sticking front brake lever
« on: October 31, 2020, 09:24:41 PM »
I've noticed my front brake lever is not fully returning, meaning that on occasions the brake light switch is remaining activated. Is it a case of lubricating the bolt that retains the lever, and if so what is recommended? If not, what else might need doing? The brake is responsive, though the pads are getting close to the limit. The bike has recently been serviced and the fluid level is fine.

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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #1 on: November 01, 2020, 10:40:57 AM »
Unscrew the pivot bolt and clean and grease it, if that does not work then perhaps a return to your servicing dealer.

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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #2 on: November 01, 2020, 10:43:02 AM »
Thanks, any particular type of grease?

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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #3 on: November 01, 2020, 11:07:36 AM »
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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #4 on: November 01, 2020, 11:22:31 AM »
*Originally Posted by romanrick [+]
Unscrew the pivot bolt and clean and grease it, ...

:0461: ... this is one of those minor tasks rarely thought about but I do mine every major service (12k) period. Grease and lubrication are good but adversely the lube also holds onto dirt and becomes claggy and thickens with time.
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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #5 on: November 01, 2020, 01:41:54 PM »
*Originally Posted by julianhj [+]
I've noticed my front brake lever is not fully returning, meaning that on occasions the brake light switch is remaining activated. Is it a case of lubricating the bolt that retains the lever, and if so what is recommended? If not, what else might need doing? The brake is responsive, though the pads are getting close to the limit. The bike has recently been serviced and the fluid level is fine.
Hopefully, it's just the brake lever pivot that's stiff. However, it's the spring inside the master cylinder that pushes the lever back and, if the pivot isn't to blame, then it might need the master cylinder to be overhauled.
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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #6 on: November 01, 2020, 01:50:11 PM »
Bit late now, needs a strip down as said. Hopefully not the master cyl.

I give all the bikes pivots a wash out with WD40 then a squirt of aerosol grease, every few weeks. Give it some TLC it can be therapeutic.  :183:
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Re: Sticking front brake lever
« Reply #7 on: November 02, 2020, 09:04:02 PM »
General purpose grease is fine, better to take the  pivot pin out so grease goes where it's needed, and it only takes a few minutes. Do the clutch one as well, while you're at it.

 


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