Date: Thu, 16 Apr 1998 21:47:13 -0400
From: John & Margaret Strowe <>
Subject: Re: Brakes burning on '86 900 after changing pads wrote: > > On one side, the piston-side pad was completely worn off, > but the yoke-side pad was much less, and unevenly, worn. > Can this be a problem with the yoke, or the piston assembly, > or both, or what? On the good side, the yoke moved pretty > easily in its groove, but on the bad side it needed to be > pounded. Is that unexpected? The piston is actually a dual piston in a single cylinder. One piston pushes on the piston-side pad, the other piston pushes on the yoke which pushes on the outer pad. Either the yoke is frozen or the piston is frozen. Either will prevent the pad from being pushed against the rotor. > After we finished up, on the test drive, the brakes started > smoking on one side. When I disconnected the hand > brake on that side, they stopped. Does the hand brake > normally need to be readjusted after changing the pads? The handbrake is self adjusting. However, I have had the problem where the lever that enters the piston assembly binds. When this happens, the handbrake will not release and the brakes will burn. You should probably remove the yoke and handbrake lever, clean up the shaft on the handbrake lever and replace the seal. That should get it working freely again. John

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