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post #1 of 5 Old 09-08-2009, 11:53 AM Thread Starter
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Question about stiff front brake lever

I am planning over the winter to replace all of the fluids on my bike. Lately I have noticed that after sitting for a day or so, my front brake lever seems to be a little stiff the first time I use it. After I use it once everything feels O.K. I'm not sure if the brake fluid could cause this, I'm sure it is original. It might be the caliper hanging up, but I'm not sure. There doesn't seem to be much drag on the front wheel when not applying the brakes. Any thoughts? I did clean and grease the front brake lever pivot, so I don't suspect that is the problem.

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post #2 of 5 Old 09-08-2009, 06:34 PM
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Hard to say

I usually change hydraulic fluids every two years or so. Cheaper than rebuilding or replacing parts. Maybe my imagination, but the clutch and brakes seem a little smoother after the change. The stuff soaks up available moisture, so that may affect how slippery it is.
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Pivot points (clutch/brake levers, sidestand, foot brake, etc) all need to be dis-assembled, cleaned and lubed regularly. I do mine each winter.

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I think I will also pull the front calipers apart to check them as well when I replace the fluid. Thanks for the replies.

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I think I will also pull the front calipers apart to check them as well when I replace the fluid. Thanks for the replies.
Unless you strongly suspect the calipers of having problems, I'd leave them alone. Except on bikes that have been sitting a long time, or have been neglected (fluid not changed in 10 years) the calipers (more specifically, the pistons and seals) are usually OK. Rebuilding calipers isn't especially tricky. But a mistake will have serious consequences. Definitely a case of, if it ain't broke, don't fix it.
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