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    Question "Squishy" Rear Brake

    Hey everyone,

    So this weekend I replaced my tires on the bike and I noticed my rear brake was a bit more squishy than previously. Now my rear brake did not provide much stopping power before the tire change and I always felt as if I had to really push on the pedal but now it is more so. I inspected the pads when I removed the caliper and they still have some life in them.

    The question is, should I bleed the rear brake? Replace the pads? Do both?

    I still have stopping power and the front brake still works great but I just want some more response on the rear brake. I have non-ABS brakes.

    Thanks in advance,

    Shawn

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    It may have nothing to do with the squishy-ness, but make sure the rear brake caliper bracket is installed over the holding pin on the swingarm. This is a mistake that has been made a few times when reinstalling a rear wheel.

    As for the brake feel, I'd first clean the disk with brake cleaner in case it got contaminated during handling.
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    I'll definitely double-check the caliper. It reinstalled correct, or at least I thought it did, when I put it back on the bike. Everything seemed to be in place. I did do some cleaning of the rear part of the bike while I had the wheel off, so maybe I got something on the disc.

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    brake cleaner, if no better, then brake bleed, I'm back to a BMW, but my 700 had a pretty weak rear brake.

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    +1 on something on the disk. Probably grease or tire seating lube on the disk and now in the pads.
    Some brake cleaner and a few miles should help clean it up.

    JT

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    Brake pedal adjusted correctly.
    Fluid in reservoir "look" good , no leaks?

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    Quote Originally Posted by frog13 View Post
    Brake pedal adjusted correctly.
    Fluid in reservoir "look" good , no leaks?
    I think it was just some grease on the disc. Sprayed some brake cleaner on there and it felt normal again.

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