Question about 2001 Harley Davidson FXSTB Night Train

1 Answer

When applying the front brake, the lever gets harder and the caliper sticks, which causes the front brake to smoke

Posted by on


1 Answer

  • Level 2:

    An expert who has achieved level 2 by getting 100 points


    An expert that gotĀ 5 achievements.


    An expert whose answer gotĀ voted for 20 times.


    An expert who has written 20 answers of more than 400 characters.

  • Expert
  • 101 Answers

More than likely from what you have described, the pistons need to be removed from the caliper and inspected. They will need either a thorough cleaning or replacement. Make sure you replace the seals and o rings in the caliper while you have it apart. It also probably would be a really good idea to go ahead and rebuild the master cylinder. The internals in that are probably just as old as the caliper parts.

Posted on Sep 25, 2009

Testimonial: "Great and quick response. I will start to rebuild both units and let you know how it went."


1 Suggested Answer

  • 2 Answers

SOURCE: I have freestanding Series 8 dishwasher. Lately during the filling cycle water hammer is occurring. How can this be resolved

A 6ya expert can help you resolve that issue over the phone in a minute or two.
Best thing about this new service is that you are never placed on hold and get to talk to real repairmen in the US.
The service is completely free and covers almost anything you can think of (from cars to computers, handyman, and even drones).
click here to download the app (for users in the US for now) and get all the help you need.
Good luck!

Posted on Jan 02, 2017


Add Your Answer

Uploading: 0%


Complete. Click "Add" to insert your video. Add



Related Questions:

1 Answer

What would cause the front brakes to get so hot it pops the tire.

-siezed caliper
-collapsed brake hose, restricting fluid flow causing opposite brake to work harder building excess heat

May 08, 2014 | 2000 Dodge Caravan

1 Answer

Sticking brakes

Hi,if you are talking about the front calipers,I serjest you buy some brake cleaning fluid,first open the bonnet and undoe the cape from the brake resiver and put a absobent rage around the top so you dont get brake fluid over eneything, take road wheele off,then spray the pistons that push the brake pads on to the brake disk (rotor)then get a screwdriver and pu between the pads and the brake disc and gently lever the brake pads away from the brake disc untill the piston is neerly in the brake caliper,then go inside the car and apply the brake then check level of fluid in resiver if ok go back to wheele caliper and repeat about free times (on bothe sides. that should cleer the dirt thats cousing the pistons to stick.(make shore that the rubbers on the calipers are not damidged if so you should replace them)hope this was some help.

Dec 26, 2013 | Mercedes-Benz 190-Class Cars & Trucks

1 Answer

Why is my front brakes bighting the disk it seems as the bike is holding back

Have you confirmed that the front brake is the actual problem? If it is, it means that the hydraulic pressure is not releasing when you let go of the lever or the caliper itself is sticking on its mount or the piston in the caliper is stuck. To check for a hydraulic condition, apply the brake hard, release it and open the bleeder; if fluid spurts out, the hydraulic pressure isn't releasing and the first item to suspect would be the rubber brake line having an internal collapse. If that test shows the hydraulic pressure is releasing, take the caliper off and press the piston in as if you were changing the brake pads. If the piston retracts smoothly, you can rule it out as the cause of the sticking. Lastly, while the caliper is out, check the sliding surfaces and make sure they're all clean. Apply some brake grease on the sliding surfaces to ensure they don't bind and reassemble. Safe riding.

Jun 27, 2011 | Honda XB9SX Lightning CityX Motorcycles

1 Answer

Drivers side front brake pads sticking, smoking bled allready no help

Sounds like you need new calipers and or the rubber portion of the brake line that goes from the steel brake line to the caliper. This part of the brake line (rubber part) can colapse inside acting as if there is a one way valve in the line keeping pressure on the caliper piston as if the brakes are applied.

Nov 28, 2010 | 1991 Cadillac DeVille

3 Answers

Pulls sharply to the left when brakes are applied.

Front disc brake calipers are hanging up or a faulty suspension or steering part.

Aug 10, 2010 | 1994 Chevrolet G20

1 Answer

Front breaks are smoking

caliper is sticking or pads are sticking ,proportioning valve with vehicle jacked up and supported and wheel removed inspect pads and rotor for damage excessive wear if good- turn hub/rotor by hand have someone assist u by stepping on brake observe brake caliper stop then release brake piston should release slightly from pad try turn hub again w/out touching brake if stuck in place replace and caliper released replace pads if caliper still clamped remove caliper and inspect for leak or damage compress caliper and try brake again if does if sticks again replace caliper

Oct 13, 2009 | 1988 Dodge Ram 50

4 Answers

Front brakes lock up causing hot and smoking front brakes.

This sounds like the master cylinder isnt releasing pressure I would change master cylinder.

Jun 15, 2009 | 1997 Chrysler Town & Country

2 Answers

Caliper is sticking

the ABS valve in the ABS hydraulic control unit is leaking pressure and causing brake to apply is the most likely thing wrong..

May 16, 2009 | 1997 Pontiac Grand Am

1 Answer

Front brake caliper sticking

ello m8,, the pistons on the caliper sond bit seized,one caliper at a time,, undo the bolts that hold the caliper on the fork, , take off the brake caliper from the wheel ,, get your self some copper grease ,or for now any grease,, pull in the brake lever as if u were braking, and see if the piston moves in the caliper, pump the lever a few times, untill it moves then smear some grease round that piston or both pistons, then prize the piston back in ,,pump the lever again a couple times then put back on the wheel then bolt it back up,, do the same to the other caliper ,,try that 1st mate,, cheers

Apr 29, 2009 | 1996 kawasaki GPZ 1100

Not finding what you are looking for?
2001 Harley Davidson FXSTB Night Train Logo

190 people viewed this question

Ask a Question

Usually answered in minutes!

Top Harley Davidson Experts

Arnie Burke
Arnie Burke

Level 3 Expert

4825 Answers


Level 3 Expert

4348 Answers


Level 3 Expert

79186 Answers

Are you a Harley Davidson Expert? Answer questions, earn points and help others

Answer questions

Manuals & User Guides