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post #1 of 6 (permalink) Old 06-15-2008, 09:45 PM Thread Starter
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I am halfway from Naples FL to western NY and discover a noise when the front wheel rotates. I first noticed a slow speed, going through a toll barrier. I then put the bike on the centerstand, had someonw sit on the rear seat and had the front wheel off the ground. Yup, I can hear a dragging sound. I think I may have a caliper that is frozen against one of the front rotors. Any thoughts or similar experiences. Bike is a97 Aspincade with 33k on the clock. Brake seems to be functioning OK, soft stops, hard stops. Thanks in advance!


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I think you are right with your assumption that it is a frozen caliper . The GL1500 has 2 front rotors (brake Disks) , on operated by the front brake and one by the rear brake pedal (dual braking). It is fairly common for the caliper to become "frozen" and cause a scraping sound as one (or more) brake pads are constantly in contact with the rotor. Take off both rotor covers and check that the calipers are able to slide feely. They should move in and out towards the rotor, only slightly but it should be noticable. If they don't, remove them and re-grease them (some use copper grease but I use silicon grease as I find it lasts longer) before reasssembling.

If not the calipers it could be that you have picked up a stone or similar bebris which is trapped but this is unusual .

Also check that your pads are not too worn by the constant rubbing on the rotor.

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I too discovered a noise on my 1995 GL1500 SE awhile ago. Slow speeds mostly.

Observe you speedometer. Is it rock solid? or does it bounce around a little, this could be the start of the speedo cable going bad. I letmine go too long and had to replace, not only the cable but the speedo hub on the front wheel as well.

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Just wanted to say thanks for the tips and apologize for the late reply. I took the rotor covers off and blew the brakes out. This seemed to quiet the problem. A couple of days later, and 800 miles later, same noises. When I arrived in Buffalo NY, I noticed a new Honda dealership out in the Lancaster area. I stopped in without an appointment. They took my GW in immediately and recommended replacing the front pads. This solved the problem. The price was quite reasonable. Many thanks to Ray Laks MotorSports!!

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I also had a strang sound while in motion, so I removed the speedo cable, lubed it up, and put it back. No more sound.

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I had the same problem on my GL1100I on the rear caliper. Come to find out the piston in the caliper were really hard to push back in. So after dis-assembly of the caliper the inside of the piston bore had gummy brake fluid and residue.

The pistons should fall in the bore without seals in place. If not the piston or bore need to be polished.

With the seals in place it will taker a bit of effort to push the pistons back in but its shouldn't be a stuggle...

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