Brake Noise?

I need some practical advise!
My 86 LXE is making noise like the rear brake pads have worn through.  I am planning a brake job.  I have done brake jobs on cars but not for years.  I let the mechanics do brake jobs on my cars but I am thinking of doing the brake job on the Cade myself.  Do I need a lift?  Do I have to remove the rear wheel? Is this a difficult job?  Where do I start?

I have looked at Tracy's CD and I have an idea of the parts.  I know that I had better start by crawling under the bike and checking the pads.  I'll do it next week.  Too busy now.  Thanks for your help.

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It's not that bad.  You only have to remove the right bag to get at them.  If they aren't worn, you just might have some dust built up.  A little pressure wash keeps mine quiet.


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Hi Dick,

This is a piece of cake job!  It took me less than an hour.  No need to remove the wheel.  Just remove the saddle bag and you are there.

You might wish to replace the brake fluid while you are there.  This too is a piece of cake to do.  Just hook up a hose to the bleeder valve and stick the other can into a coffee can container.  Open the bleeder valve and depress the brake lever, adding brake fluid to the reservoir as it begins to get low.  Once you see clean fresh fluid coming out the drain hose, close the valve and top off the reservoir.

Make sure that you get the correct set of brake pads.  There were two different sets of pads for that year.  That is probably the most difficult part of the whole thing.

Have fun,
Al A. in CT

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Brakes are an easy fix.  Remove the right saddlebag.  Behind it you will see the brake caliper.  Removal of 3 nuts, is all that is required to lift the caliper off the disk.  

On top of the caliper, is a plastic cover that pops off to expose the retaining pins.  The pins are held in place with a clip that goes through a hole in the pins.  Remove the clips and pins and lift out the pads.  Be careful not to loose the springs that tension the pads.  You will see what I mean on removal of the pins.

At this point I find it easier to disconnect the brake line from the caliper.  This allows the pistons to recede.  Install the pads, pins springs and clips in the reverse order to the dismantling process.  Slide the caliper over the disk (rotor) and reattach to the bracket and stay.  Reconnect the brake line and re- bleed the breaks.

The whole process is very simple all you need is a little common sense
~Murray 86 LX

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If you have changed brake pads on an automobile, the principal is the same.  For the rear brakes, you must remove the right saddlebag and drop the right exhaust pipe.

Remove the brake caliper and remove the brake pads inside the caliper.  You must remove the rear brake master cylinder lid for the next step.  The rear brake master cylinder is located on the right side of the bike, under the side cover.

Once the caliper has been removed from the rotor, raise the exhaust pipe back to it's original position and install the bolt loosely.  This will take the strain off the front of the pipe.

Be very careful during the next step to avoid getting brake fluid on the plastic painted parts of your bike.

Use a "C" clamp to collapse the piston in the caliper.  This will allow room to install the new brake pads and allow room for you to reinstall the caliper over the rotor.

Speaking of rotors, be sure to inspect the rotor for signs of grooves and uneven wearing.  If these conditions exist, you will have to have the rotors turned at a machine shop, or replaced, depending on the condition


Removing and replacing the front brake pads is also fairly simple.  The principal is about the same as above.

The front brake master cylinder is located on the right handlebar.  Remove the cover while collapsing the front caliper pistons with a "C" clamp.  Use extreme caution to avoid getting brake fluid on the plastic parts of your bike.  Brake fluid will destroy your plastic.

When changing the front pads, place the bike on the center stand.  You will need a floor jack and a small block of wood.

Place the floor jack under the engine, between the pipes.  Be careful not to place the jack under the oil filter.  Next, place the block of wood on the floor jack, between the jack and the engine.  Raise the bike up, until the front wheel is off the ground.  Do Not raise the bike up too far, because you will raise it up off the center stand and the bike will fall over.


As of the year 2000, the cost of brake pads is about $25 to $30 per caliper.  The front wheel has 2 calipers and the rear has 1.  In other words, the front will cost between $50 and $60 for both calipers and the rear will cost from $25 to $30.  These prices are based on you doing the work yourself.