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Hi All,

New guy From Somerset, Ky (Lake Cumberland). Just bought a 2001 500 Auto, and I've got a rear brake problem. The foot brake just don't work, I thought it needed new pads so I got a new set and still nothing. So next I bled the line and still nothing. Could it be a bad master cylinder?
 

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Welcome aboard Big Mac. When you say the rear brakes don't work, are you saying they don't work with either the hand or foot levers? If that's the case, I might be suspect of the caliper itself as the front handle and rear pedal use separate hydraulic systems.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Sanny651 @ Feb 6 2007, 09:29 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
Welcome aboard Big Mac. When you say the rear brakes don't work, are you saying they don't work with either the hand or foot levers? If that's the case, I might be suspect of the caliper itself as the front handle and rear pedal use separate hydraulic systems.[/b]

I meant just the foot brake, the hand brake works fine.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Molsondrinkr @ Feb 6 2007, 09:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
welcome call

Could also be a seized caliper. Had that on my 650.

In general, I don't think the brake setups on the older Cats is that great to start with.
Mine sucks.

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But with a seized caliper wouldn't the brake padel be really stiff?
 

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Could it be out of adjustment? Aren't the older foot brakes cable actuated?
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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Big Mac @ Feb 6 2007, 07:36 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (Molsondrinkr @ Feb 6 2007, 09:34 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}>
welcome call

Could also be a seized caliper. Had that on my 650.

In general, I don't think the brake setups on the older Cats is that great to start with.
Mine sucks.

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Molsondrinkr[/b]
But with a seized caliper wouldn't the brake padel be really stiff?
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I would have thought so, but mine wasn't. I bled it to. I'm not sure if the 500's and the 650's have the same type setup.

You will be able to see it though. Assuming there isn't a lot of air in the line and you pump it, the caliper should have some movement. Mine did not move at all.

I guess if it has been through mud and water, it can get messed up.

Just something to check anyway.

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you dont have a master cylinder on a back foot brake on that bike, all it is is a cable that when you push down the pedal pulls the cable and "try's" to close the calaper but they dont work very well if at all? the first year cat put a hydraulic foot brake on the 500 is 2006. you can try to take up the slack in the cable but then you stand the chance of braking it when you push hard on the foot brake sorry to "break" the bad news to you but i hope it helps.
 

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<div class='quotetop'>QUOTE (BOSSLOADER @ Feb 6 2007, 10:14 AM) <{POST_SNAPBACK}></div>
you dont have a master cylinder on a back foot brake on that bike, all it is is a cable that when you push down the pedal pulls the cable and "try's" to close the calaper but they dont work very well if at all? the first year cat put a hydraulic foot brake on the 500 is 2006. you can try to take up the slack in the cable but then you stand the chance of braking it when you push hard on the foot brake sorry to "break" the bad news to you but i hope it helps.[/b]

The Auto's have a master cylinder the Man.'s have the cable type system.

Looks like I'm going to have to put a new master cylinder on it bang your head
 

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I personally never use the foot brake. The hand lever works so much better, even on the 07's.

Mitchman
 
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