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post #1 of 6 Old 09-12-2008, 09:51 AM Thread Starter
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Bleading the rear Brakes

Just changed the rear tire. Rear brakes are mushy and not grabbing at all. Trouble shooting guide says that there may be air in the lines.Brake light comes on like it is supposed to. Any insight would be greatly appreciated.
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post #2 of 6 Old 09-12-2008, 04:28 PM
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bleeding the rear brakes

were the brakes working before you removed the wheel???
no bleeding should be needed with a tire only, change.
did you unbolt the brake hose fitting?
'mushy and not grabbing' sounds like possibly you have both brake pads on the same side of the disc, maybe?
that condition would be accompanied by grinding noises though which you didn't mention.

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Yeah, brakes were working just fine before. Did not unbolt the fitting. No grinding noise either. Pads are on each side as well. Maybee I just need to take it to the Kaw dealer.
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Have you checked the level of fluid in the master cylinder for the rear? I would try bleeding before going to the dealer (=$$$$$).

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Try checking the fluid level & bleeding the brakes. It sounds like you have air in the system. A dealer will charge you some big time bucks for something simple you can do yourself.
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post #6 of 6 Old 09-13-2008, 09:56 AM
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You might also want to check the hose to see if there is a pinhole leak anywhere. Could also be debris on the pads, try some break pad cleaner. If you expanded the pads in order to get the rotor back in it may be as simple as pumping the break to refill the calipers. Let us know what you find. :-)

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