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post #1 of 25 (permalink) Old 06-23-2016, 09:42 AM Thread Starter
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I've got a 2012 cc that I bought used about a month ago with 3400 miles on it and I've got about 4500 on it now. I was never very impressed with the front brakes, but the last time I took it out it got really bad. So I bought some new front pads and installed them, then took it for a ride last night and it brakes much better.

My issue is that the right side (if sitting on the bike) pads were worn all the way down to the metal (see pic), but the left side had maybe half the wear on them.

So why would the left and right side calipers grip so unevenly?

Is this a known thing or is it just my bike? Maybe something to do with the abs?

My next plan is to replace the brake fluid and bleed them really good, how likely is it that this could be the issue?

Also, how many miles do you guys typically get on a set of pads?

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Make sure caliper slides are free and not binding ....

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Make sure caliper slides are free and not binding ....
These are fixed calipers. The pistons on the one side are sticking
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These are fixed calipers. The pistons on the one side are sticking
That's what I meant .........

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4500 miles on a set of brake pads isn't ideal.
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4500 miles on a set of brake pads isn't ideal.
I was thinking the same thing , I have 20,000 on my steed and after doing a pre-ride inspection on Sunday , my pads still look like new ...

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I was thinking the same thing , I have 20,000 on my steed and after doing a pre-ride inspection on Sunday , my pads still look like new ...

Something seems a miss... I would look at the possibility of a warped or bent rotor as well.
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could of been pads were not flat to begin with.
If rotor was warped the other pad would show some kind of sign.
I would flush the old brake fluid out. You can get a bottle of brake fluid at auto store cheap.
When putting in new pads you should lay a piece of sandpaper on a flat surface and run the pads over the paper a few times. They break in quicker that way.
I have in the past countersunk the hole the pin goes thru so the pads slide easier. The stamped shrap holes makes me think the pads will hang up on them

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Well that's no good.... I don't think I have a warped or bent rotor because I don't feel any kind of pulsating. I'm pretty sure the pads that were on there were the bike's original pads, but I guess one side could have been improperly installed and binding. Or I got an effed up caliper somehow...

I was also thinking I could possibly have a bubble in the line at the fitting of the left side caliper causing the right side to work twice as hard?

I'm no bike mechanic, but I'm not incompetent either, so I'm pretty sure I installed the new set correctly. That being said, what should my next move be?

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Keep an eye on them for even wear .

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