We bent a cast iron pipe clamp trying to push the brake cylinder back in, it didn't budge.
Asked by The Ideanator 8 years ago
We bent a cast iron pipe clamp trying to push the brake cylinder back in, it didn't budge.
Asked by The Ideanator 8 years ago
Hello, I know why a cantilever brake lever cannot be used with a V type brake and vice-versa and thought that I could tell the different types just by looking at the the lever. I thought that if the lever has a tag like the first picture, for the nipple to sit in, then it is for a V brake... and if the nipple goes directly in, like the second picture, then it is for a cantilever. Is this always the case? Is that correct? I'm not so sure now. Is there a definitive way of telling at a glance or by measuring, what type of lever I have. I can't seem to find the answer by googling around. Thank You.
Asked by FriendOfHumanity 8 years ago
When oiling my bike the other week, I managed to get oil on the disk brakes. I've tried cleaning them with detergent, and even boiling the pads (apparently this gets the oil out), but have had only very limited success. I was told that the only way to get the brakes back to their previous condition was to replace the pads, and get the disks torched (i.e. with a blowtorch), to burn off the oil. Is this true, or is there another way? (Preferably more DIY / requiring less replacement parts)
Asked by MarzEz 5 years ago
How do I change the rear brake pads and rotor on a 2001 Kawasaki ZR7S
Asked by Tomk747 7 years ago
I just had both set of brakes stolen off my mountain bike. Cost me about $80 to have them replaced. Is there any way I can lock the brakes to the bike so they can't be stolen again?
I've been trying to remove these old cables without cutting them. Instead of just cutting them off, I'd like to know how to remove them. The brakes are the old style, cantilever (looks like the dual pull type). Any suggestions would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
Asked by Olyveoil 8 years ago
Does anyone have (or could easily post or direct me to) an Instructable on adjusting old-style caliper brakes (the kind with two arms on a central sprung pivot)? I found Bicycle Tutor's video on cantilever brakes, but nothing for my specific need. Google came up with mostly cantilever-brake stuff, and the few caliper-brake Web pages were not very clear.
Posted by kelseymh 8 years ago
My rear disk brake is in a sad state. I squeeze the rear brake lever as hard as I can, yet, my stopping power is nil. I wiped down the rotor with rubbing alcohol, but to no avail. It might also be relevant that I ride frequently in snow and slush, and also in dusty areas. The bike is the Specialized ''Rockhopper," 2009 edition, with about 450-550 miles put on it. What can I do to fix the brake so that I won't have to rely on the front brake?
Asked by tincanz 7 years ago
Should brake fluid be replaced after certain time
Assumes only 1 physical input. I am trying to mimic a brake light flasher where the driver presses on the brakes and the brake light quickly flashes for 1 second or so and then just goes to solid. Thanks,
Asked by dubyaohohdee 5 years ago
I want to put disc brakes onto my bike because my other brakes are going bad. Disc brakes are also more effective at stopping you in bad weather.
Asked by airsofter1 8 years ago
I have the Trek 4300. now i was too cheap to buy it with the disc brakes, but after 2 year i realized i would like them. So do i have to buy new tires, and brake lines, and levers. Or do i just have to hook up a disc brake to the brake cables?? How much would this upgrade cost me?
Posted by DELTAWOLF05 9 years ago
I need to put in a new braking system in a Datsun 280ZX that I am converting to electric. Since there is no vacuum from an engine, I was considering using some sort of vacuum pump but I came upon using a manual master cylinder instead, which is good because it does not require extra power besides my leg, but since my vehicle initially came with power brakes, I am not sure if it will be compatible. I will most likely have to replace all the brake lines, because they are fairly old and there is a good chance that they've been damaged. So this gives me the chance to replace them with suitable lines for either type of master cylinder. Does anyone have any experience with this sort of thing? Any input would be greatly appreciated!
Asked by ANDY! 4 years ago
I need instructions to change the brakes in a 95 esscort
Im planning on building a motorized trailer dolly for my travel trailer, however i want to make a dead mans switch for the trailer brakes. I was wondering if I took apart an old cordless drill if I could use the trigger as a voltage regulator to regulate the voltage to the trailer brake system. Without getting into specifics of how it will connect to the regulator, I figure I would have like a bike brake handle that while applied the trailer brakes would be off, but if released that the trailer brakes would be applied incase the trailer started to roll away from you. Any suggestions other than "Go buy a trailer brake controller" would be appreciated! :)
Posted by Thunderbone 7 months ago
I have a bike thats been laying in someone's backyard for a few years and I'm trying to refurbish it and make it nice with a new paint job and some new parts. I'm going to take one of the brakes out. Should it be the front or the back brake? If I take out the back brake there will be a slight problem. You see something is wrong with it and the handle is stuck. I can't even squeeze the brake handle. A little help please!!!
Asked by General Eggs 7 years ago
The back brake right side snapped what do i do
Asked by bjones9 6 years ago
So i have a '95 chevy suburban, and it has a few issues. at the moment, the biggest issue is my brake lights. Basically, when the vehicle is in accessory and i depress the brake peddle, my brake lights come on, YAY! but when i have the vehicle running and i depress the brake peddle, the 15 A fuse blows and the lights go out. now i have a schematic diagram for the whole vehicle (in parts), but im still trying having a hard time finding where my problem is. im sure there is a short somewhere but it is just all really confusing to me. thanks much in advance. note: night time lights work as well as all turn signals.
Posted by DanJames 5 years ago
Why doesn't it save the line brakes (pressing enter) in the "about-me zone" on my instructables account?
Asked by Sorunome 6 years ago
Many sheet metal brakes were made of wood. I would like to know if someone knows how to make one.
Posted by blkhawk 6 years ago
I purchased an old three wheel bicycle from a local secondhand store. It's in great shape, except the fact that it is lacking rear brakes. I haven't had any success in searching for plans, so I was wondering if anyone had an idea or (better yet) previous experience with rear brakes on a trike. I was hoping for a great way to run both rear brakes from a single brake level on the handlebar, and there aren't any forks around the rear tires to attach brakes to, so I guess I could use some help there as well. The rear conversion kit looks similar to the one here. It's a small picture, but it's the only accurate one I could find. Any help would be amazing. Thanks in advance.
Asked by TokyoSquid 7 years ago
My 1993 Toyota 4x4 is rusting out under the frame area! Flaking everywhere. Now my fuel and brake lines are rotting out too. I am slowly replacing the leaky lines, but its messy and time consuming. The standard steel lines don't bend easily, unless you have a bending tool. Is there such a thing as flexible copper brake line tubing? If so where can I get some?
Asked by triumphman 6 years ago
There's a derby goin on. I need to make a brake for my car. I don't know very clearly how.
Asked by ANDY! 8 years ago
i want to add 5 LEDs wired for 12 volt in parallel to my motorcycle running lights. then when brake is pressed they will light up brighter. i think i need to add a resistor to each input ( brake and running light wire) to drop voltage down. maybe 9 volts for running lights (which would be on all of the time) and another 3 or 4 volts for the brake light so added to 12 to 13 volts for bright brake lights. any ideas how do i do this and what size resistor i should use or am i looking at this wrong?
Asked by jmcgrath5 4 years ago
Oops! Just got home today from school and realized that I drove home with the E brake on (around 10 miles). Should I be worried about this? Its mostly 35mph the way home, with 55 for around 3 miles. I noticed no burning rubber smell or anything that would indicate burning (but the windows were closed). I have done this occasionally on the driveway, but usually notice. The car is a Handa Civic, 2003 I think.
Asked by astroboy907 6 years ago
My right brake lights only work when the daytime running lights or head lights are turned on. I checked the fuses and everything is fine, nothing blown. Why won't the brake lights work without the lights turned on? Its a 2005 Mazda 6 if that helps.
Hi, I'm helping a team of students make a brake-assist device for a two-wheeled walker. We were wondering if there are mechanical brakes out there that apply a force proportional to the speed. A circular damper, is how we would describe it, I think. Or something like a gas shock (the things on screen doors and car trunks) but with a circular motion rather than a linear stroke. Anyone have any ideas? Anything that's commercially available, small, and somewhat inexpensive is fair game. Bonus points for things that can be made by hand.. Thanks!
Posted by _mattb 8 years ago
Hello everybody, I am wondering if there is an age that you have to be to buy HEET. (brake line antifreeze) I plan to use HEET as a fuel for my alcohol stove, but I dont have any.
Asked by junits15 8 years ago
Hi i am trying to find some information on how i can make an led work at around 9v constantly on then get brighter to 12v when a switched is pressed so it can act as a brake light for my motorcycle
Posted by smithyblu 4 years ago
With these motor controllers, if you remove power to the motor, do they "coast" freely, or slow down significantly? Is this the type of motor you would use in an application where you would want regenerative braking like a Nissan Leaf (coasting down a hill changes the batteries)?If not, which type of motor and controller would be applicable for that?
Asked by LeeDr850 5 months ago
Good morning.... Quick question regarding motor controllers with the facility of regen braking..... For a project of mine I am creating an EV (with a dune buggy chassis), which needs a system to recharge the batteries when been driven or 'towed' by an external force. I've been looking at a 4QD motor controller, which has the regen braking system already built in. My idea is to use the back EMF to charge the batteries. This in theory is quite similar to regen braking, having done a bit of research, and also with some info from the 4QD site itself. I know that if the back EMF is to great, I risk damaging the motor controller. But if there was a way to regulate the back EMF (either by controlling the speed it is been externally driven or with use of electronic circuitry), could I essentially recharge the batteries using this motor controller???! Thanks in advance, Dave
Posted by D__Humphreys 5 years ago
How much power will it take to light the bulbs?does a resistor need to go in front of each bulb?
Asked by frankentrike 7 years ago
I tried to move my 1984 camaro after it had been sitting for awhile and the back tires wont move. i have been told that maybe the brake is stuck. any other input on what it might be or instruction on how to get the brake unstuck? PLEASE HELP! ANYONE?!
Asked by robinreise 8 years ago
Hi Everyone, I've been searching for a small (20 to 30mm Dia) disc shaped EM lock for a project I'm working on but can't find any. This type of lock's function, where when the electrical power is turned on the magnet activates, attracting a pin or plate, is what I need it to do but I can't find them small and flat enough. I then found some 24V EM brakes for a "Duplicator" (copy machine?) on Ebay where the size may be ok but if they were flatter it would be better. From what I understand these work the opposite way. The brake pad is normally engaged ("locked") to the hub by a spring, then when electrical power is turned on, the brake pad separates from the hub allowing it to rotate. Is this correct? Would it be possible to convert the brake into a lock merely by reversing the wiring or would I need to reverse the direction of the winding? Would that work to then attract a plate when it is turned on? Also, how much could I reduce the voltage and have it still attract a metal plate with a decent strength - say from 1/4" away? Thanks for you help! :)
Posted by Bretina 2 years ago