My Breaks Are Really Soft
Problems with brakes, whether it's the front, back or both is not a minor issue that should be put on the back burner. Besides being an alert pit bike rider, fully functional brakes are the primary safety device of any pit bike. If you notice a problem with your brakes being soft or taking time to engage when the brake pedals or handles are depressed, there are a few steps you should take to solve the problems often associated with low brake pressure.
- Check the brake lines fittings for any leaking brake fluid. Most brake pressure problems occur when air enters the brake lines or if fluid is lost through the brake system. By visually checking the brake lines, each connection and surrounding area for signs of leaking fluid, you can minimize your search for the problem.
- If you don't instantly notice a loose fitting or signs of brake fluid leaks, clean all lines and fittings with carb cleaner or degreaser product. Make sure all lines are completely dry then apply the brakes and see if you can find any signs of leaks coming from the brake lines or fittings.
- Next, check your brake fluid reservoir and check your brake fluid level. If the level is below the “fill” line, fill the brake reservoir with recommended brake fluid for your brand of pit bike. Close the brake fluid cap, test your brake pressure again.
- If you've followed the first three steps and still don't see any leaking fluid, it's probable that your brakes need to be bled. To bleed your brakes, you'll need an 8mm opened-end wrench, and a collection can of some sort to place next to the bleed screws on the brakes. Note: If you're not comfortable with bleeding brakes, please have a professional mechanic accomplish this for you.
- To begin the brake bleeding, push down on your brake pedal or handle until you have pressure, and hold. Then loosen the bleed bolt and let the air out of the lines and then tighten the bolt quickly. Pump the brakes and see if you have pressure again. If not, try this a few more times. You also probably need to put more fluid in your lines after completing the brake bleed. Check the level. If it is low, put more fluid in and then bleed the brakes again. Continue this process until your brake pedal pressure has returned to the way it was before you noticed the soft pedal condition.
If you've checked and repaired any leaking brake lines, bled the brake system and still have issues with soft brakes, it's likely that the problem is with the brake pads or brake caliper and should be replaced by a certified pit bike mechanic.