Feb 21, 2006

Disc brakes fading away?

If your disc brakes are losing their strength – evidenced by increase in lever travel, or the lack of bite, there’s a quick solution. Take an industrial rubber band or similar elastic strap and bind the lever to the grip. Leave overnight. The constant pressure in the hydraulic system forces out any trapped air, giving you almost the same benefit as a brake bleeding session. You could also use zip ties, but the rubber band will pull the lever harder if the system allows, a zip tie would need manual intervention. If this does not help, though, you need the brakes serviced. That means a disc pad check/replacement, caliper rebuild, brake hose change…

1 comment:

L. Ajay said...

Hi, I got a 7-year-old CBZ, I recently changed brake fluid. Now the problem is the disc touches the pad off and on and makes a constant shik-shik metallic sound, like when one arc of the disc is touching the pad or somewhere, which disappears after I just press the lever slightly. Then again after 10 mins the same noise starts, wat do U think, I should bleed air (not done it) or do I have a bent disc.