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CRiegel Offline
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Disk Brake piston resetting problem
Hi everyone,

I am new to this forum and also new to biking.
I recently bought a new bike (Kona "Dr Dew") and just finished putting it together 3 days ago. Today while taking it out for the first ride I noticed some rubbing on the front disk brake. I tried to fix this by taking in and out the brake pads and then using a pad spacer to re-align them, In the middle of the process I had to push back the piston in order to get the pads back in.

My problem is that now when I push down the brake It has no power and the brake lever goes all the way back without getting tight, I am also hearing a squishing sound when I push it down. I think it is a problem with the piston after I pushed it back, however I have no idea how to adjust this. Any help anyone could offer would be very appreciated!]

Thank you!!

Criegel
Aug 22, 2011 01:07 AM
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GeorgeET Offline
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
Hmm, do you see fluid leaking anywhere?? Sounds like air got into the system and you need to bleed the brakes. Check manufacturers info. Also make sure the piston seal is in place and the piston is not cocked.

IMO cable brakes work for me.

Never Give Up!!!
Aug 22, 2011 10:26 AM
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CRiegel Offline
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
(Aug 22, 2011 10:26 AM)GeorgeET Wrote:  Hmm, do you see fluid leaking anywhere?? Sounds like air got into the system and you need to bleed the brakes. Check manufacturers info. Also make sure the piston seal is in place and the piston is not cocked.

IMO cable brakes work for me.

Thanks for the advice!

Is it that easy to get air into the system?, like I said I just bought the bike brand new 3 days ago.

Also im not quite sure what the piston seal is or what it looks like?

I dont see any fluid leaking, as far as I can tell.
Aug 22, 2011 01:07 PM
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
Did you use the right tool to get the piston back, or did you use a screwdriver??
Aug 22, 2011 06:19 PM
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GeorgeET Offline
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
I believe your bike uses Shimano components. Check their site for info, and Parker tool site. Google.

If you got it from a dealer take it back to him.

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Aug 23, 2011 10:10 AM
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
(Aug 22, 2011 06:19 PM)bobtravers Wrote:  Did you use the right tool to get the piston back, or did you use a screwdriver??

I used a flat head screwdriver
Aug 25, 2011 12:27 AM
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
Maybe you ripped a bit of the seal near piston, did you tried to spread it back while your pads were in there or did you push the piston back with the end of the screwdriver??
Aug 25, 2011 03:50 PM
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RE: Disk Brake piston resetting problem
(Aug 25, 2011 03:50 PM)bobtravers Wrote:  Maybe you ripped a bit of the seal near piston, did you tried to spread it back while your pads were in there or did you push the piston back with the end of the screwdriver??

The pads were out, I pushed it back in with the side of the screwdriver, leveraging it against the caliper.
Aug 25, 2011 09:16 PM
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