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Jerky/stiff brake levers

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  • 11-10-2010 5:01pm
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    Closed Accounts Posts: 698 ✭✭✭


    When I pull (Ultegra) my front brake (And to a lesser extent, the back), the lever is a bit stiff and isn't a smooth continuous motion.

    I had this problem before and service solved the problem, but they are slowly starting to get worse again. What did the shop do and how can I prevent this from happening in future? If it's lubrication, what and how do I lube and with what?

    I heard it was water getting into the cables...

    Thank you


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,679 ✭✭✭bcmf


    yep. new cables and housing.The cables are prob sticking in the housing.Some people spray wd40 into housing at the start. I put in Silicone spray.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 698 ✭✭✭nitrogen


    bcmf wrote: »
    yep. new cables and housing.The cables are prob sticking in the housing.Some people spray wd40 into housing at the start. I put in Silicone spray.

    What's the general lifespan of brake cables? Could they snap if I didn't replace them, or would spraying them now fix the problem?

    Also is it an easy job to do yourself?

    Thanks


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 6,679 ✭✭✭bcmf


    best of just replacing them now for the winter. Easy enough. Get yerself a decent cable cutter.There is a guy who I got Jagwires off and they were great.I will pm you his email as I have just ordered a set off him. He deals on ebay but will deal off as well
    lifespan is hard to say.depends on use weather etc


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,245 ✭✭✭07Lapierre


    nitrogen wrote: »
    What's the general lifespan of brake cables? Could they snap if I didn't replace them, or would spraying them now fix the problem?

    Also is it an easy job to do yourself?

    Thanks

    Brake cables should last years and years. When you disconnect the cable from the caliper, move the caliper in and out by hand and make sure the caliper itself is not siezed. when you push the brake pads into the wheel, they should spring back fully when you release them. If they move back slowly, then the caliper needs some lubrication.


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