Question about 2003 Harley Davidson XLH Sportster 883 Hugger
Ok, on disc brakes, the pads always have slight pressure on the pads. When I say slight, that's exactly what I mean. The pads slight pressure on the rotor is designed to keep the rotor and the pad clean and free of water. Thus good braking in wet conditions. There are no springs or anything to 'pull' the pad back away from the rotor.
Now, as for warpage. Since the disc brake rotor on a motorcycle is a very thin design, a bit of warpage is not uncommon. The only way to accurately check for warpage is to check the rotor with a dial indicator. Your local shop can do this for you but as long as you're not getting a "surging" feeling when you apply the brakes, you're fine.
From what you have described in your post, there's probably nothing wrong with your brakes. If you have any doubt however, you need to have an experienced mechanic check the brakes on your bike. Defective brakes can cause serious injury or death. Do not ride a bike that you are not certain of the servicability of the brakes.
Posted on May 09, 2010
Testimonial: "thank you so very much for helping me. I feel a little better about it now. I just wish it wasnt making that rubbing noise. Is there an easy inexpensive way to make it go away?"
This could also be the quad ring in the cal. it self not fully returning the piston to it's position. However to check your rotor for warpage you will need a dial-inticator with a magnet base place the base on the axle and dial needle on rotor and zero it out turn the wheel and watch the needle max runout is .008 thousandths or you could use a striaght edge and feeler gauge, but you will have to remove the wheel
Posted on May 09, 2010
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
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