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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-26-2019, 11:01 PM Thread Starter
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Front brake lever on a non Ducati

Iím not sure if this where I should put this but here goes..

On my Cleveland 250 the front break lever has gone slack. Rear break is fine. It just seems like something got disconnected to where the lever no longer speaks to the front break. Any idea what might cause this? I ordered a new lever from EBay before to replace a broken one. That was over a year ago. No issues until today so this is an ďout of the blueĒ issue. Any ideas what it could be?
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post #2 of 9 (permalink) Old 02-28-2019, 07:34 PM
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Is it hydraulic? You probably need to change fluid and bled it. If cable, lube and adjust, or replace if cable broken.
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post #3 of 9 (permalink) Old 03-01-2019, 02:18 AM Thread Starter
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The front is hydraulic, rear is drum. Thanks for cluing me in. I just found a YouTube video on how to flush, fill and bleed a hydraulic brake. If it's as straight forward as the video says, it seems easy enough. If I mess something up, I'll be back. Lol.



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Disk or drum is the type of brakes.
Hydraulic or cable is how they are actuated. A separate thing.
The drum brake could be hydraulically activated, but is probably cable.
I'm guessing, I don't know this bike. You can tell by looking.
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Well I feel silly. I was going on the specs of the bike. I took a photo. I’ve seen reservoirs that showed the fluid level. I haven’t cracked this open yet.
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Thinking again, the rear is probably not cable. Hydraulic, or just a lever arrangement.
Clutches are sometimes cable operated.
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I read up some more on the brakes and the front is hydraulic disc and the rear is hydraulic drum. I opened the front lever reservoir and itís well low. I bought some DOT 4 hydraulic fluid to refill it per one Cleveland maintenance manual I checked. I just went over another one and itís says DOT 3! Whatís the difference between them? From what I can tell DOT 4 is synthetic. Are the two interchangeable?
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Dot 3, 4, and 5.1 are all interchangeable. The difference between them is the boiling point with 3 being the lowest and 5.1 the highest. If you mix DOT 3 with 4 it lowers DOT 4 boiling point to that closer to DOT 3. Whatever you do so not mix DOT 5 with the others because it is silicone based (I believe) and they are not compatible at all. That said it would probably be preferable to completely replace the fluid with new fresh DOT 4. Hope that helps.
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Dot 3, 4, and 5.1 are all interchangeable.
Thatís exactly what I needed to know. I picked up the DOT 4 a couple of says ago but before I used it I wanted to make sure it was the right one. Iím going to get the brake sorted tonight now youíve set it all straight. Thank you for explaining the difference. And also what not to mix!
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