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post #1 of 4 (permalink) Old Jul 1st, 2019, 02:49 PM Thread Starter
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Poor brakes after changing discs and pads

I changed my front discs and pads on my R50 last week and finally got around to doing the rears today. Everything went fine but after finishing, I noticed the handbrake now requires at least another 3 clicks to fully engage. The brakes pedal also has more travel than before. Finally, I noticed the level of fluid in the reservoir is very high, although in fairness i didn't see what it was before i started. I didn't remove the reservoir cap before starting.
Does anyone have any ideas why the handbrake seems to have been affected, and the pedal travel? The fluid doesn't look terrible but i'm pretty sure it's going to be old. Any pointers in the right direction would be much appreciated.

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Have you pressed the brake pedal hard several times to adjust the rear calipers?

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Gerry, thank for the reply. Yes i went out for about 2 miles. Anyway, i came home and had a look through the forum and saw a few posts about spongy brakes after changing pads and discs so guess i need to get them bled. I also took one side apart to see for any obvious problems and put it back together, which for no reason seemed to have a positive effect. I'll update after i've had them bled. Thanks again
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Bleeding is not the answer, assuming you havent opened the bleed screws. Are you certain you have seated the rear pads properly? They have little spring clips which are hard to engage. Thats my experience anyway!
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