Mushy brakes FIXED!

Discussion in 'Polaris Slingshot Problems and Issues' started by ethermion, Jan 20, 2016.

  1. ethermion

    ethermion Well-Known Member

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    Just got back from a very, very cold ride to my dealer.

    Symptom was soft first press, firm second. Multiple bleeds and flushed made no difference.

    This time Polaris said to remove all three calipers, compress and expand them, then reinstall. Bingo. I knew right in the parking lot. 130 mile ride back, and every brake press was perfect.

    Happy as a pig. Hope this info can help others. @DocG and I rode out together, and they were working on his rig when I left. Hopefully the same trick works for him too.


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    I'd like to understand a little better exactly what they did. Cause if they compressed them and expanded them, they wouldn't be able to get them back on unless the compressed them again. Not trying to be funny, but I need to do something with my brakes in the spring. I replaced the pads with the Hawks people were recommending and I didn't see much difference.
     
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    Dunno anymore. Was done under warranty, and it cost me nothing. I know the calipers all came off at the same time. Sounds like they worked the Pistons in and out to the limits of their travel, but just guessing.

    Massive difference. Night and day.


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    It unloads the Ackermann spring.

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    Working your piston in & out to the limits of its' travel is always a good thing.
     
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    They must have reconnected the grounding strap for the lightning rod as well.
     
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    Ignore that last comment. Tripod made me say it. lol :asshat::asshat::asshat::asshat::asshat:
     
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    So they did each caliper in turn with the brake line still connected, or all three removed together and on the bench then reinstalled and bled?
     
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    Pretty sure they left the lines connected. I will try to confirm tomorrow. Never hit the bench as best I know. If your local dealer is not scum, they should have access to the same info. The procedure came from the mothership. My dealer does not wing it.


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  10. DocG

    DocG Let's ride it like we stole it!

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    Confirmed mushy brakes are fixed! I don't believe they disconnected them, but they did bleed them.

    This dealer is AWESOME by the way, so if you are in distance of Petersburg WV, go to them (versus the dealer in Woodbridge, VA).

    Plus they checked all my items without the threat of a $190 diagnostic fee for each item I wanted looked at, and they did it with a "down home" customer service smile too!

    (Oh and @ethermion didn't tell you that the last two hours of the ride going there this morning was in a temp of 9 degrees - me with electric gloves, him without - and he did get a tad bit cold.)
     
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    DocG Let's ride it like we stole it!

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    Very Constructive Comment

    Thanks, that'll help out others ;)
     
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