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post #1 of 8 Old 05-04-2018, 11:50 AM Thread Starter
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Freezing rear brake pedal '12DL 650

So on my drive to work this morning the rear brake froze/locked up so I could NOT push it down. That was a bit scary since I was doing a flanking maneuver through busy traffic... lol. It then happened again a few times and I really had to ram the pedal to get it to engage. Something is definitely off...

Anyone had this happen?

I'm going to check it out tonight. Maybe the pads are worn or the rear brake cylinder is wore out? 28k miles now, so stuff is likely to start wearing out here and there.

Curious if anyone had this happen and what you found the issue was.

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Had something similar happen, I could press it down with some effort but it wouldn't release with the spring force alone. Either way, if the lever doesn't move easily, the pivot point is probably dirty and dry.

To clean it, you'll need to remove the footpeg mount assembly, detach the spring, remove the snap ring and pull the lever off. Clean the shaft and cylinder well, and apply a ton of grease. Then reassemble.

It's a bit of a pain. I think I've read of someone who installing a grease fitting into the lever.
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I've had the rear brake stick in a partialy engaged position, so the brake would drag a bit. Took the caliper off, sprayed the cylinder area down with brake cleaner. Cleaned and lubed the pin, and sleeve bushing, and pin bolt with SilGlyde. Problem solved.
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Both. Pull the peg, lube the pivot. Pull the caliper and clean with quality brake cleaner, pop the pads and work/clean the pistons, clean and lube the pad pin. An hour later, all should be right with the world.
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Thanks everyone who commented. I've had a very busy weekend with family visiting so haven't gotten to inspect the bike, but hope you all are right and all it will take is some cleaning/lubing to get it back to normal. I'll update the thread once I get to inspect it.

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So on my drive to work this morning the rear brake froze/locked up so I could NOT push it down. That was a bit scary since I was doing a flanking maneuver through busy traffic... lol. It then happened again a few times and I really had to ram the pedal to get it to engage. Something is definitely off...
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You know that there's a front brake right?

Works better too!
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You know that there's a front brake right?

Works better too!
Lol... sure, thats what saved me, but using just the front in a middle of a sharp maneuver definitely throws the bike off balance, and makes for a very scary experience.

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In winter, my '07 Wee experienced rear brake lever sticking. It needed lube, and was hard to get to it. At that time GW mentioned adding a grease fitting to the lever, which I didn't do.

Fast forward to my '12 Wee. Damage to lever caused lever replacement. I installed a grease fitting in the new one before install. Now nice and easy to lube, and a thorough lube job done too.

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