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Why dont my brakes work properly?

 
Author Zetec
At petrol station
#1 | Posted: 29 Aug 2013 11:34 
Do they need bleeding?

What are the peoples of 7f thoughts pls
It's all a load of bollocks

Author Eugene

Heading South
Male
#2 | Posted: 29 Aug 2013 11:37 
You are so going to have to provide more info...

What exactly doesn't work?
Does the pedal go to the floor?
Do they feel 'spongy'?
After heavy braking do the wheel nuts feel hot (don't touch the actual disc!)
What's on the real - discs or drums?

Etc...

Eugene
Le Presidente

Author TobyCoulson

On country roads
#3 | Posted: 29 Aug 2013 12:02 
Put your right foot on the pedal and push. Works for me a treat
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Author Wolfie Smith

Planning a blat
#4 | Posted: 31 Aug 2013 12:17 
I heard you don't go quick enough to need any brakes
Power To The People

Author Summit7

Driving through town
#5 | Posted: 31 Aug 2013 16:37 
As Eugene says give us some more info.

Starters is that you can push really hard but nothing happens

Or you push really hard and the pedal goes to the floor and then nothing happens?

Snakey

Author Zetec
At petrol station
#6 | Posted: 31 Aug 2013 22:12 
Push hard & not alot of braking for the effort.
Johnv & me bled it but didnt really get much air out.
It's all a load of bollocks

Author Eugene

Heading South
Male
#7 | Posted: 31 Aug 2013 22:20 
So the peddle is firm, and doesn't travel too far?
If so, the sounds like the pads.
Did you remove and de-glaze them?
And de-glaze the discs too.

Then look at the pad material.
I've recently changed to Mintex M1144 pads, and they are great.

Eugene
Le Presidente

Author TobyCoulson

On country roads
#8 | Posted: 1 Sep 2013 09:50 
I changed to Mintex1144 pads within 6 months of getting my 7 and the improvement was very noticeable. Much more feel and progressive when pushed hard.
Nothing is foolproof to a sufficiently talented fool.

Author sequential 7
Planning a blat
#9 | Posted: 6 Oct 2013 19:50 
Can confirm Eugene's advice, I had changed my pads from 144's to pagids and then back again.

Braking was really crap and unpredictable until I deglazed dics and pads, now they are ferocious!
Mud

Author s47

Driving through town
#10 | Posted: 7 Oct 2013 14:05 
Can be a small amount of air in system - suggest getting a suction bleeder [less than £20 off ebay] this worked for me, Prior to bleeding I tried all types of pads eventually settling on mintex 1144's as already posted, but it was removing that last tiny amount of air that solved my braking problem. Your pedal ought to be solid - no sponginess whatsoever.
hope this helps
Mal

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