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I have a 2006 1200 sportster. The rear brake quit working. No leaks. Decided to bleed the line and still nothing. Talked to harley mechanic and said to take caliper apart and clean. did that and still nothing. Took to harley mechanic because it appears something is bent. He looked at it and is completely baffled because nothing is bent but caliper is still crooked. So what do i do now?

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I am haveng the same problem but myn is new I just put on there and yet stil nothing when bleeding it .....if there is someone with an answer or suggestion plz email hicocaoralesma@gail.com thanxs

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Replace it! it is worn out, Ride Safe!

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