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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 09:31 AM Thread Starter
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Brake pedal staying down - 1983 GL 1100

Does anyone know what would keep the brake pedal pressed down on an 83' GL 1100? The pedal does not return to the top after being pressed. The brake seems to work and doesn't lock up or anything, it just does not return. If I pull it up it works again. I don't see anything brake fluid leaking anywhere either.

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post #2 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-28-2013, 09:40 AM
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Most likely the brake pedal pivot has gotten gunked up. Look where it goes into the frame area and spray with some PB blaster or similar and work back and forth.

Correct fix would be to remove clean and relube.

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Yep, same happened on my 82 1100 also.

Best to remove, clean, grease, the pivot and lever. It can be a bear to get up in there and work on it. Not much to do but tight space to work in.
For mine I could not get to it well enough to get the lever off at the time.
I pulled the pin and washer off the pivot and working the lever up and down sprayed cleaner all over it from both ends and as working the lever slide it in and out as much as I could. Then once it was working freely and seemed to be clean I smeared grease on both ends best I could and worked it up and down sliding in and out much as I could to work the grease up into the center best I could so the whole pivot was hopefully greased.
Put washer and pin back on.
Been about 3 years now and it still works fine, probably good for another 25-30 years now. LOL

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I'll have to give that a try. Thanks!

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1973 Suzuki TM125
2001 Honda Reflex 250 Scooter
1984 Yamaha Venture Royale
1982 Honda CB 900
1994 Harley Davidson Sportster 1200
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The pivot rod will probably look like this, or worse...

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post #6 of 6 (permalink) Old 07-01-2013, 01:42 PM Thread Starter
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Yep it was a bit gunked up. Gave it a good cleaning with WD-40 and it was good to go. Thanks guys!

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