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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 04-19-2019, 05:36 PM Thread Starter
 
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Brake pedal goes to the floor occasionally

Recently every once in a while my brake pedal goes to the floor but when I let off and press again, I have e brakes. I've checked and cleaned calipers, checked wheel bearings, bled brakes. I did notice a slit in the reservoir diaphragm. Wasn't sure if that's supposed to be there. Any help is appreciated
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post #2 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-22-2019, 05:29 PM
 
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Did you ever find a cause of this? I just got back from a weekend trip and had the same thing happen. Brakes worked fine one minute, and the next the pedal was going all the way to floor and brakes barely worked. I got it all cleaned up but thats as far as I have gotten. I am going to throw some new brake pads on the front and change out the brake fluid as it looked pretty worn.
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Yes mine was actually the a arm guards pushing on the caliber when I would turn sharp. I bent them and ground the edges down some. Hasn't happened again.
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post #4 of 12 (permalink) Old 10-31-2019, 12:55 PM
 
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The same thing has happened to my machine a couple times. Iíll have to check that out, thanks for the information.


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dont forget to bleed the rear brake on the rear diff. 2 of our 3 teryxs in our group had spongy brakes and even after a new master cylinder it tuned out there was air in the rear brake. have no idea how it got air in there, the brake systems were untouched and unopened but after a quick bleed pedal was hard and brakes worked perfect.

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Yep. I just rebuilt my master cylinder and put fresh fluid in. Also bled them. Everything is working great. Now I have a ripped cv boot. Lol Always something.
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I'm glad I am not alone on this. My brakes are doing the same thing. First time I noticed it was on an extreme hill climb and when I started rolling backwards, I had no brakes! As soon as I got up and level again, brakes were fine.

Now it does it on almost any incline. I was going to bleed/replace the master, but I'll check the arm guards too since mine are fairly large. Thanks for the tip!

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No problem. I have large guards as well. I found out by driving in the yard and turning all the way in both directions. One side at a time and then trying the brake.
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No problem. I have large guards as well. I found out by driving in the yard and turning all the way in both directions. One side at a time and then trying the brake.
Thanks for the tip, I'll try that. The reason I was thinking master cylinder is because normally if you need to bleed, your brakes are soft all the time. Mine are firm as new most of the time and then go to the floor without warning! Then you move a bit and pump them again to find them firm as new again

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I also rebuilt my master cylinder a few weeks ago because of leaking onto my floorboard. Brakes are like new now. Good luck bud
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post #11 of 12 (permalink) Old 11-17-2019, 08:49 AM
 
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I’d look for the caliper getting caught and pulling back. The one pump but the caliper back in place If it only happens occasionally try to mimic what you were doing when it happened. I don’t think it is air in the system because it would do it all the time than
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Iíd look for the caliper getting caught and pulling back. The one pump but the caliper back in place If it only happens occasionally try to mimic what you were doing when it happened. I donít think it is air in the system because it would do it all the time than
Are you talking about the caliper at the wheel? If it got stuck, would that not keep the brakes on?

I tried the turn the wheel hard test to see if my a-arm sheilds were the problem, but they don't appear to be. Mine only seems to do it on inclines. I've never had it happen on level ground, but I agree, if there were air in the system, it should do it all the time. I'm still leaning towards the problem being in the master cylinder.

Has anyone talked to a Kawasaki Mechanic about it yet?

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