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Why you should take care of your brakes

PostAuthor: faffi » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:54 am

I never stop wondering how people ignore the brakes on their vehicles. In my opinion, brakes is the most important part of any vehicle, the one that can mean the difference between life and death. And while the caliper often is the one that looks the worst, it is very rare that they fail immediately. master cylinders, OTOH, can go from full operation to no function from one stop to the next. I have experienced that with two cars, my brother with two bikes.

To date, I have yet to strip a brake system on any used bike I have bought that was immaculate. One must wonder why don't the owners just replace the brake fluid as per specification in the manual? It would have prevented just about any issue with the system for a long time. Low miles is no excuse to not change the fluid.

Here are a few examples I've encountered over the years.

Exhibit 1: 2001 Yamaha XVS650, 13,500 miles, master cylinder changed at one stage by PO.
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Exhibit 2: 1982 Yamaha XV750, 8,000 miles.
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Exhibit 3: 1977 Kawasaki KZ650, 40,000 miles
This is the good master cylinder piston, the other I had was so corroded it broke in two!
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Re: Why you should take care of your brakes

PostAuthor: mark75 » Wed Jul 22, 2020 5:50 pm

part laziness? and partially the slow, subtle degradation of feeling of proper high-quality braking? - they are still working (meh), but it's what I've gotten used-to ...

part of it may be "out-of-sight-out-of-mind" and "if-it-ain't-broke-why-fix-it" kind-of things.

it's the "reason" why maintenance schedules are put into service (or owners) manuals, and why they should-not be ignored.

just getting rid of those old, rubber brake-lines will really shock ya'

my :2cents: --- end-of-rant :blush:
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