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Old 03-26-2011, 09:27 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Is the Foot Brake adjustable - Honda Rincon

Can I adjust the foot brake on a 2003 Honda Rincon 650?

The rear hand brake workes great but when I only apply the foot brake, I have little to no braking. Help..
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Old 03-26-2011, 11:26 AM   #2 (permalink)
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i have a 03 rincon too and i looked through my manual and i could not find a rear brake adjustment. have you checked the rear brake fluid? its under the side cover on the right side of your seat. also, maybe it needs to be bleed?
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Yeah, I don't think you will find an adjustment, since you have disc brakes. Like Manny said, check the brake fluid and if it's full, you might need to bleed the brakes.
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Prior to asking the above question, I disassembled the rear brake, pulled the pads & checked everything out. All appears to be in order. I also replaced the brake fluid in the front & rear brakes. The fluid was honey color & had some little white junk in it. The brake fluid in now clear. After I did the above, the brakes work great when using the hand levers. However, when in 2WD & I hit the foot peddle, I have little to no brakes. I was hoping there was an adjestment for the foot brake peddle....
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maybe you possibly have some gunk in the brake lines? not sure just trying to think of some ideas
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Just read the manual, I can't see anything about foot petal adjustment. Looked at mine and I thought the nut below the master cylinder may be the thing but I guess no. Are the bushings or whatever where the foot petal rotates loose?
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I CHECKED THE FOOT PEDDLE LINKAGE TODAY & EVERYTHING APPEARS TO BE IN GOOD CONDITION.
I think I'll buy a MityVac & suck out the brake fluid again. I'm not sure what that white junk was/is when I changed out the break fluid several days ago.

Has anyone ever used a MityVac when changing out break fluid?

As I stated in my prior note, when I changed out the break fluid last week, it was honey color & had some white particles in it. Is it normal for old break fluid (7 years old) to be honey color?
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The fluid darkens with age until it gets nearly black. My Porsche recommends changing every 2 years to maintain optimum braking, brake fluid absorbs atmospheric water and will then boil at lower temperatures when really hard repeated braking (track stuff).

White chunks ????
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I'm not sure what the "white chunks" were in the old brake fluid. The white chunks with about 1/16" long. I think most of the junk came out when I replaced the break fluid.
I can get a MityVac on the Internet for about $30.00. Maybe if I use the MityVac to suck out all of the break fluid again it will clear the lines.... Just wish I could get a good solid foot break petal. What is confusing to me is when I apply the rear breaks via the hand lever I can lock-up the rear wheels. When using the foot petal only in 2wd, I can't lock the rear wheels.

Thanks for all of the help/suggestions. Maybe I'll call Honda & see if they have any suggestions....
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Also check for the wear and tear of your brake pads and change your fluid regularly.
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