How Do You Diagnose Motorcycle Brake Problems?
One of the most important, and often neglected, components of a motorcycle is its brakes. When the brakes fail, a motorcycle is left with very few means to stop itself. Brake problems present themselves in many ways, often appearing in the form of a soft brake lever pull that prevents the brake from operating at its full potential. Locked or non-functional brakes can also develop, becoming major problems if left unchecked. Identifying these problems and pinpointing the cause can be done at home, but requires a basic understanding of how hydraulic brake systems operate. Inspect the entire brake circuit for leaks or punctures that may cause a loss of hydraulic pressure. This includes the brake lines and all of the fittings on the caliper and master cylinder. Punctures and leaks can allow air and moisture to enter into the circuit, creating a loss in hydraulic pressure. Pull in the brake lever. Does the lever feel firm or does it feel soft and mushy? A soft brake lever is a sign that air