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post #1 of 22 Old 04-15-2016, 11:33 AM Thread Starter
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Front tire swap - brake problems

I changed my front tire, after replacing the tire my brakes were very poor. The brake handle would go to the handle bar. I could 'pump them up' but naturally that is not normal.

I then tried bleeding the brakes and the problem got worse. Took the bike to the local Suzuki dealer and I'm looking at a $200 bill for them bleeding the brakes.

I asked the tech why simply changing the tire would cause air to get into the system? His answer? "Your best bet would be to have us change your tire."

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You could have bled them for free "it is super easy" and I fail to see how any air could have gotten into your system?

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I changed my front tire, after replacing the tire my brakes were very poor. The brake handle would go to the handle bar. I could 'pump them up' but naturally that is not normal.

I then tried bleeding the brakes and the problem got worse. Took the bike to the local Suzuki dealer and I'm looking at a $200 bill for them bleeding the brakes.

I asked the tech why simply changing the tire would cause air to get into the system? His answer? "Your best bet would be to have us change your tire."

breath in breath out............
My best guess is that one of the brake lines was not tight and when you moved the caliper out of the way it let some air in? possible?

$200 sounds like a lot to tighten the cable and bleed the brakes.
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You could have bled them for free "it is super easy" and I fail to see how any air could have gotten into your system?
I did (see below) ...I've bled brakes numerous times and did it the same way this time...

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My best guess is that one of the brake lines was not tight and when you moved the caliper out of the way it let some air in? possible?

$200 sounds like a lot to tighten the cable and bleed the brakes.
Agreed on both counts... I maintain that something wasn't right with original the set up. If I take a wheel off and replace it the same way it was it doesn't seem right that the brakes would not work....

Again with the I'm REALLY confused that the brakes have a problem from RRing the tire/wheel.

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I guess the bottom line is I should be able to remove and replace the front tire without having brake issues..

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I guess the bottom line is I should be able to remove and replace the front tire without having brake issues..
Yes but if something is loose then you end up with cause and effect.
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Yes but if something is loose then you end up with cause and effect.
True...no disputing that, but since buying the bike less than a year ago I haven't messed with the fluid reservoir or other brake components, other than to move the calipers aside for R&R of the wheels, so I would think it would be a warranty repair rather than on my dime.

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It is a good reminder to everyone to inspect that particular bolt before departing on a ride, maybe all of us have that loose bolt and haven't discovered it yet.

I wonder if the brake lines are attached to Calipers out of the crate, or if dealer puts it on, I would think it would be there from Factory and they only install wheels.
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I changed my front tire, after replacing the tire my brakes were very poor. The brake handle would go to the handle bar. I could 'pump them up' but naturally that is not normal.

I then tried bleeding the brakes and the problem got worse. Took the bike to the local Suzuki dealer and I'm looking at a $200 bill for them bleeding the brakes.

I asked the tech why simply changing the tire would cause air to get into the system? His answer? "Your best bet would be to have us change your tire."

breath in breath out............
The cost is on them if they quoted you the
book rate for a tire change

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I would think it would be there from Factory and they only install wheels.
My point exactly, which is why I think it should be a warranty repair.

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