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SOURCE: do i need to remove my tire to replace my rear

No, you do not have to remove the rear wheel. There are be two bolts that hold the caliper to the caliper bracket. Remove these two bolts and lift the caliper off. This will leave your old pads and associated hardware in the bracket. Pay close attention to how these parts are positioned in the bracket and then replace them with the new pads and hardware. Make sure you put the pads in with the friction surface towards the rotor. I can't tell you how many times I've seen brake pads put in with the metal side to the rotor. Especially on the backside of the rotor.

Now, you've got to get the piston pressed back into the caliper due to the new pads being thicker. Do this with either a "C-clamp" or a large pair of slip joint pliers. Put something around the caliper to protect the paint and don't damage the piston. Remove the top from the rear master cylinder. Watch the level of the brake fluid and don't allow it to overflow.

When you get the piston pressed all the way back into the caliper, carefully replace the caliper onto the bracket. Do not knock the brake pads out of their positions. Install the two bolts and torque to proper specs, about 20 foot pounds or so. Slowly depress the rear brake pedal and let off until you get a good firm pedal. You may have to do this several times. Top off brake fluid in the master cylinder with the proper type of brake fluid. Do not mix DOT4 and DOT5 brake fluid. They are incompatible and will cause you troubles later.

When working on brakes, the job must be done properly. Failure to do so can result in serious injury or death. Check the brakes for proper operation prior to riding the bike and again at a speed of less than 10 MPH.

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95 softail classic started and was warming up and just died and wont start, will fire with starter fluid but thats it, will not keep running, has appr. 30,000 miles

If the bike will fire with starter fluid but won't run on it's own, I'd say you have a fuel problem. In 1996, Harley introduced a vacuum operated fuel petcock. I see that you say your bike is a '95 model but Harley has always been known for crossing over year models with certain parts. Say you bike was built in late '95 and they ran out of the "old" style petcock. They just switched to the "new" style at that time instead of making more "old" style parts. That's where the term "transition model year" came from. So, check your fuel petcock and the vacuum line running to it. Pull the fuel hose off the petcock and spin the engine. Watch for the fuel flow and determine whether it is sufficient. If not, replace the petcock. Personally, I went to a Pingle manual fuel petcock. Of course, you have to plug the vacuum hose as it's no longer used. But, that was the end of petcock problems on my bike. Just turn your fuel on and off manually, "old school" style.

Good Luck

Sep 13, 2011 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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I have a 2005 deluxe injected and my petcock is leaking whats the fix for this PLEASE?

If it's a stock petcock, it should be one of the vacuum operated types. You can get rebuild parts from Harley as far as I know. You'll have to remove the petcock, disassemble, and replace the parts inside. Since these petcocks are prone to problems of not allowing fuel to flow to the carb, I usually recommend that owners having problems with them simply replace their stock petcock with a high quality aftermarket manually operated petcock. I prefer the Pingle petcocks but they are pricey but they are very high quality that you can feel when you turn your fuel on or off. No more problems with one of those.

Good Luck

Jul 25, 2011 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLSTN- FLSTNI Softail...

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Motor cuts out like not getting fuel. How do I clean in tank fuel screen? Is there a fuel filter after petcock?

If the bike is equipped with a carburetor, there is a screen on top of the petcock. No other filter after that unless one was added aftermarket. Take the petcock out of the tank and the screen should come out with it. But, your problem may not be the screen. It may be the vacuum operated petcock itself. In 1996, Harley went to a vacuum operated petcock and they do give trouble such as yours. The diaphragm in the backside of it may have a hole in it allowing it to close at low manifold vacuum or a small piece of trash may be in the needle and seat. Remove the petcock from the tank and take the plate off the backside. Hold the diaphragm up to the light and gently stretch it while looking for a hole.

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Jul 22, 2011 | 2002 Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard

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My bike was running fine and all of the sudden it just started running like heck and wont stay running seems like fuel but put all new gas cleaned out carb bowl and still running very erratic its a 2005...

I've seen the petcock do something like that. In 1996, Harley went to a vacuum operated petcick. They are a constant source fo problems. If your bike has coughed back through the carb recently, there is the possiblity that the diaphragm has been disturbed in the petcock and it is sucking air. If you think this might be the problem, you'll have to drain the tank by loosening the large 24mm nut on the petcock. Catch the gasoline with a large funnel and an empty gas can. Once drained, remove the petcock by disconnecting the large fuel line and the small vacuum line. On the backside of the petcock there is a square plate held on by four small screws. Remove the screws and carefull disassemble the petcock. There is a small spring, a needle, and the diaphragm. Remove the diaphragm and hold it up to a light. Gently stretch the diaphragm and look for holes. If you don't find any holes, reassemble the petcock and reinstall it. Check the vacuum line that runs back to the carb. It gets it's vacuum from a fitting on the backside of the carb and runs to both the VOES switch beneath the tanks and the petcock. Check to make sure that the hose has not come loose anywhere.

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Mar 01, 2011 | 2005 Harley Davidson FLSTN- FLSTNI Softail...

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Were is the fuel filter located on a harley davidson 1998 heritage softail very sluggish an hard to start wont idle properly an back fires at times

Filter is in the fuel tank attached to the fuel petcock. Check your intake gaskts for an air leak. Get the bike running and squirt some brake clean near the intake seals and see if the bike dies or idle increases, but dont squirt too much to get sucked in the air cleaner. Also check the vacuum lines going from the fuel petcock to the carb for dry rotted or loose connections.

Nov 17, 2010 | 2004 Harley Davidson FLSTC - FLSTCI...

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Bike breaking down on hwy. seem to be starving for fule, or jets are blocked.

Have you checked your fuel petcock? In 1996, Harley came out with a vacuum operated fuel petcock that turns itself on and off. It's run by vacuum from the engine via a small hose on the backside of the petcock.

Drain the fuel from the tank by loosening the petcock and catching the fuel with a funnel. Once the tank is drained, completely remove the petcock. There is a square plate on the backside held on with four small screws. Take out the screws and take the rear plate off slowly. Notice how the parts come out of the petcock so you can get it back together correctly. There's a spring, a needle, and a diaphragm. Remove the diaphragm and hold it up to a light. Gently stretch the diaphragm and look for a hole. If you find a hole, replace the diaphragm. Before you put the petcock back together, blow all the fuel passages out with compressed air. Reassemble and reinstall the petcock.

Another thing could be a bad vent in the fuel cap. The vented cap is on the right side tank. Loosen, but don't remove, the cap and ride down the road. If this cures the problem, buy another fuel cap.

Good Luck

Oct 21, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard

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Fuel leaking out the backside of the shutoff valve when running and when i shut it off.

The petcock on your bike is vacuum operated and you probably have a hole in the diaphragm. Drain the tank, remove the petcock. Take the four small bolts out of the square backside of the petcock. There is a spring, a needle and a diaphragm under the plate. Take it apart slowly so you can see how it goes back together. You can gently stretch the diaphragm while holding it up to a light to find any holes in it. You can buy a replacement diaphragm at your local dealer. Reassemble and reinstall in your tank. Personally, since people have so many problems with these petcocks, I recommend replacing them with a high quality manually operated petcock like a Pingel and blocking the vacuum line off.

Good Luck

Oct 12, 2010 | 2001 Harley Davidson FXST Softail Standard

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My 2001 heritage softail is starting to spit a little is , there a fuel fitler on this bike , and if so how do you find and change it

There is a strainer on the petcock inside the tank. It's more like screen and only keeps trash the size of boulders out of the carb, anything smaller passes right through.

With your bike being an '01 model, I would suspect the accelerator pump diaphragm. Over the years, the rubber coating comes off and the accelerator pump doesn't work quite as good as it used to. On the left side of the carb, there is a rod that moves down everytime you twist the throttle grip. If there is gasoline or the tell tale signs of fuel leakage around the hole that this rod goes into, this indicates a leaking diaphragm. To see this, you must remove the air cleaner cover, the filter element, and the backing plate for the air cleaner. Turn off the fuel at the petcock.

To change the diaphragm, I would suggest removing the entire float bowl. Remove the four screws that holds it on, lower it, take it off the bike. Empty the bowl and turn it upside down. There will be two screws left in the bottom of the bowl. These hold the accelerator pump cover on. Remove the screws and there will be a spring and a diaphragm beneath the cover. The diaphragm has a ridge around the outer edge. This ridge goes into a groove in the float bowl. Put the new diaphragm in position, put the sping on top of it and reinstall the cover. Turn the bowl over and make sure there is no trash in the bowl and reinstall it on the carb making sure you get the accelerator pump push rod back into the hole it goes into.

There is one other thing that may be giving you a problem. On your bike, I think it came from the factory with a vacuum operated petcock. These are notorious for giving problems. The diaphragms in them develop leaks and don't open the fuel petcock as they should. I think you can buy a replacement diaphragm for it as well from the Harley dealer. Remove the petcock from the tank, make sure you drain the tank first. Clean the screen I told you about and on the backside of the petcock, there are four screws. Remove the screws, the cover comes off and under it is a diaphragm and a spring. Replace the diaphragm, the spring and the screws. Reinstall the petcock.

I hope this helps, Good Luck.

Apr 14, 2010 | 2000 Harley Davidson FLSTC Heritage...

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Turning off fuel for tank removal 07 1200c

I think your fuel petcock has the newer vacuum operated petcock. If it does, it will have a small vacuum hose connected to the rear of the petcock. Whenever the engine is off, there is no vacuum on the line and the petcock shuts off the fuel automatically.

If your petcock is the manual version, it should be marked where to put the lever to turn the fuel off.

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