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May 4th, 2013, 07:00 AM   #1
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Rear Brake problem and Brake Fluid Question

(07 Berg 550FE) First the easy question, in the manual it states to use DOT 5.1 brake fluid but then on the side of the bike (near rear brake reservoir) it says to use DOT 4 brake fluid only...ok, so which one?

Secondly, just bought this bike and took it on first ride and was only riding for about 40 minutes in the mountains, lots of hills, and i was feeling the bike decelerating quickly and i looked back and my rear brake was smoking! I stopped and the brake would not release itself, i would play with the rear brake pedal and it was like the brake piston would not go down or release. I got home and took brake assembly (near the brake pedal) apart and adjusted the brake piston rod then bleed the brakes and it seems to be better, but i have not had a chance to go to the hills and really try it...any thoughts?

I am new to the bergs, but is the radiator fan kit a must? the bike seems to run hot...

I have been doing a lot of reading on here and thumpertalk and getting some good ideas, but any other "must haves" or "must do's" for this bike? Thanks for the help!

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Re: Rear Brake problem and Brake Fluid Question

5.1 and 4 will mix fine so use whatever you can get.

DO NOT use DOT5 as this is different to the others and won't mix.

as far as the cooking rear brake it could be you've sorted it but just keep an eye on it incase its a sticky piston in the caliper.
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Re: Rear Brake problem and Brake Fluid Question

if it is a sticky piston in the caliper does that mean i just need a new caliper or is there a way to "flush" it to keep it from sticking? Thanks for the reply!
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Re: Rear Brake problem and Brake Fluid Question

if it is its usually just down to dirt or dirt getting past the seal and damaging the piston which causes it to hang up and not return when the brake is released.

you can get brake service kits to do the job if its needed, which it probably isn't if it's now working fine
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