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Changed front brake pads on 2004 vtx 1300 a clip fell out of backside and i dont know how it goes back in

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I have a 2003 pt cruiser and my brakes keep screaming, my dad checked both the back and front brake pads/drums but said that they were fine but would soon need to change the front pads. he also said that...

Screaming brakes dont mean the fluid is low, the brakes squeaking is due to vibration of the pads and calipers, the brakes could be fine and still squeak, in order to rid the noise you would need to remove the pads and replace the pad hardware clips and then apply some anti squeal to backside of the pads,this helps almost always but some cars the pads are so glazed that they need replacing and rotors machined or replaced, if your dad said they were good for now then its safe. if the noise is something you wish to get rid of then follow the above instructions. good day.

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Replaced front brake pads on my 2007 vtx1300r. now front lever is spongy. bled brakes quite a few times. still spongy. what went wrong. replaced the rear but had no issues.

The brakes must be trimmed to set closer as possible without the pads rubbing the caliper so that there is least movement of the piston when the hydraulics works.
So even if the system is bled and there is no air lock on the system , it is important to set the levers closer to the pads. So use the adjustment of the assembly so as to keep it closer to the pad.
Hence when the brakes are applied there will be immediate tightness to the lever as the pads close contact with the pads and hold on.
So I suggest that since you have overhauled the brakes and changed the pads this must be reset.

Feb 18, 2011 | 2004 Honda VTX 1300 Retro

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Where can i buy a 2004 1300 vtx starter switch cheaper than a dealer

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Jan 26, 2011 | 2004 Honda VTX 1300 Retro

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I have just changed frt pads on my vtx 1300 seem to work ok but when you push caliper brake handlr goes slack

hi do you mean when you push the caliper towards the disc the brake lever goes slack?

if so and the brake is working fine then you prob have no worries

when you push the caliper towards the disc you are forcing the piston back into the brake caliper and as a result the piston then has to be pumped out, so the pad has min distance to travel to make contact with the disc, hence the slack lever,

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Jan 24, 2011 | 2006 Honda VTX 1300 S

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Fan cuts in and out all the time

My 2003 1300 vtx s did this for a long time especially at slow speeds.Ireplaced the thermo switch but to no avail. Later I bobbed the bike {cut back fenders for a older look}and low and behold the fan hardly comes on any more at all.Ibeleive the big oversized front fender was the culprit because my 2004 c with small front fender has never had this problem.

Dec 04, 2010 | 2004 Honda VTX 1300

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Is it very difficult to replace rear brake pads on a honda vtx 1300r

Personally I have never replaced pads on that particular bike but if it is like most rear disk pads, should not be too bad. I just remove the 2 bolts holding the caliper to the frame. Lift the caliper off enough to slide the pads out. Get a small C-clamp or something so you can gently push the caliper piston back in. Then install the new pads and bolt the caliper back on. Be carefull when pressing the piston back in because is might cause your master cylinder to overflow a bit. Once the pads are on the bike, pump the brake a few times until the pedal gets firm. Should be no need to bleed the system as long as you don't open any brake lines.
Hope this helps!

Aug 26, 2010 | 2005 Honda VTX 1300 R

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Can you tell me why my 1300 vtx wears ut rear brakes so quickly? i don't ride them -they dont drag- and i really don't feel that i use them all that much

Normally, front brakes do 80% of your stopping. If the rear brakes are being use more often, then they'll wear out quicker. Seems like the back brakes wear out quicker on many motorcycles. There may be an adjustment cable to take more pressure off the back brakes. You can adjust the front brakes or check for air in the system on the fronts.

Nov 24, 2009 | 2005 Honda VTX 1300 C

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I will let you know in the morning because I am pulling mine. What seems to be your problem

Sep 03, 2009 | 2005 Honda VTX 1300 R

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How to put brake pads on a 2004 honda vtx 1300 motorcycle

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Aug 20, 2009 | 2004 Honda VTX 1300

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Front end sqeaks on my 2004 vtx honda 1300

Sounds like the brake pads and possibly the brake caliper.

Jun 11, 2009 | 2004 Honda VTX 1300

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