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My honda ft 500 is smoking when running and the brakes are reall stiff

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Bad oil ring, also due to age, valve guide seals may be letting oil in cylinder

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Check to make sure your air cleaner is not dirty or plugged. Also make sure your choke is shutting off properly. On Honda's, thin white smoke is usually just an overly rich mixture. Take apart your brake master cylinders, pull out the pistons and make sure the pin holes next to the large brake fluid feeder holes are not plugged with dirt or rust. The tiny holes allow the brake fluid to flow back into the reservoir, relieving pressure on the discs. Relieving pressure at the calipers should free up the wheels.

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