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Is it common that you hear a slight rubbing sound on the front rotor. just bought the bike. breaks seem good.

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In a word ... yes.

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I have a 2007 Harley Super Glide, my front breaks are constantly rubbing on the rotor, could they be on to tight??

Noise in front wheel area Harley Davidson Forums
1) Does the noise stop, change, dissipate when you apply the brakes?

2) Does the noise increase with tire revolution and/or engine RPMs? If so, which one? Tire or engine RPMs?

3) Does the sound change during cornering?

Can't hear it at speed? Be careful and disengage the clutch at 'speed' to listen for it.

If I were a betting man (I'm not) I'd say it's either a rotor or a brake pad. The rotor could be warped, the brake pad could be improperly installed. Or it could be that what you're hearing is the drilled rotors that you're not used to. I assume you have drilled rotors. Not familiar with your bike.

Another (very) possible scenario is an out-of-round tire or a separted ply on the tire. If so, that can get dangerous. Be careful.

If possible, lift the bike and turn the front wheel by hand. See if you can pin down the noise. If you can't, steady your hand on something and hold the end of screw driver (or anything that's straight) about a 1/4" from the tire tread and see if it's out of round while someone else turns the tire. This can also show a separated ply. Usually.

As always, be careful.

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I hear a slight rubbing/grinding sound coming from rear brake pedaling the bike. What could it be and how do I fix it?

Most likely the break pad is rubbing intermittently as it rolls because the rim is bent. If its a OEM spoke rim then it wont take many curb jumps to bendit. Most mountain bikes from a walmart or academy wont be anything more than the basic for streets. If you are going off road on real mountain biking trails then you would be better off getting a stronger rim but these can be pricey. Another cause can be that the tensioner springs near the break pads need to be adjusted so you can pull the pad away from the rim. Problem is that it will take some of the stopping power away. Not recommended. Most high end mountain bikes have an actual rotor type disc break like a motor cycle that's on the inner rim so that way even if the rim gets a little bent or wet, the performance of the breaks is still up to par. To check if your rims bent, turn the bike upside down and set it so you can spin the back wheel really fast with the pedals. Then look at the tired from directly behind it. If its bent, you will see the wobble.

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When I make a left turn only, and break, it sounds like something is rubbing or grinding. If I turn left without breaking, I don't hear anything. No noises when turning right or braking while driv

If the problem is as bad as it sounds, you may be close to parking it until fixed.
Normally, if you turn left, your are "loading" the right side, and visa-versa.
Think of it this way.
Picture a car going fast around a turn. The wheel on the inside of the turn might actually lift off of the ground, it is "unloaded".
With that thought in mind, look closely at the right front wheel. Start with the brake pads and /or rotor ( what the brake pads rub on to stop the car.)
Check the rotor inside and out. A good flashlight will do.
Pull the right front wheel and see if the pads are worn out or the rotor is no longer smooth, but "torn up" on the inside or the outside.
If the pads and the rotor is fine, next look at the wheel bearings.
This will be a bigger problem, probably a shop needs to check this out.

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Check the brake rotor backing plate to see if it is rubbing against the brake rotor, check the brake pad condition at the same time, it may be the low brake pad sensors that you are hearing.

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2006 dodge ram crew cab 4x4 Just had new pads and rotors on front end and still have a slight rubbing/grinding sound but only seems to be from driverside front.

If you start to hear it about 30 - 40MPH and the noise changes if you steer to the left or right than it may be worth checking the wheel bearing.

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Disc brakes rub slightly anyway, but your rotor might be a little warped, so you are getting more rubbing than you should. How hot is the rotor getting after a short ride? (don't burn yourself, they do get hot after use). Is the rotor discolored blue/brown anywhere from overheating? How are the pads? If the pads are worn down significantly, the pistons may not be returning fully into their bores, and they are holding the pads against the rotors. Hope this helps.

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check the rotor to be sure it is flat (not warped).and that the brake caliper has free movement when released.

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04 ElectraGlide standard new brake pads rub on rotor all the time

nothing to worry about unless it's causing some serious drag. it's probably that you never noticed that your brakes made some noise in the past. could just be the pads you had installed. every bike i've noticed has the pads running on the rotors, with new pads you notice the sound more until they wear in a little.

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Front end squeaking possible rotor rubbing something.

Have you checked the metal clips that olds the brake pads in the front galiper bracket. They usualy rust, break loose and come in contact whit the disc, creating a squeaking noise. Those should be replace since they are needed for the brakes to work properly

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Vibrating front end under braking indicates a warped rotor or stuck piston. However, your bike is new enough this should not be an issue. Has it been dropped before? Are you noticing odd wear marks on the rotor? It should be more noticable at high speeds though, so that seems a little odd to me. Can you get the front end up somehow and spin it freely, try to pinpoint exactly where the noise is coming from. Maybe check to see if something got stuck between the brake pads and the rotor? You'll need to remove the whole caliper to do it correctly, so make sure not to squeeze the lever if you do. Once you get it back on/reinstalled (just slips over the disk) then pump the lever a few times to restore pressure to the system, otherwise your brakes won't work the first time you try.

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