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yoyo65
PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 10:58 am  Reply with quote
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The front break on the Schwinn were squeaking alot, so , thinking it the pad was worn down already, I brought it in for servicing.

They said it was only because the disc was dirty and I could just take a power washer to it. They cleaned it at the shop, but this is something I should be able to easily do myself.

I don't have a power washer.
Is there something else I could do?
The brake started sqeaking again the next day so this might be something I would have to do quite often.

thank you
shelli

p.s. the squeak is loud and fairly consistant

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 11:42 am  Reply with quote
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Uh, do it yourself car wash?
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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:03 pm  Reply with quote
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DUH! why didn't I think of that, I work right across the street from one of those DIY car washes. It would take me 5 minutes on my way to work.
I've even used it to wash off our work mats the cashiers stand on.

I probably didn't think of it because I have never taken my car or mini van to one of those. I just wash them in my driveway with a garden hose.

I'm off to clean out the inside of the mini van and Honda. Spring cleaning after a kids and a long winter! What fun!

Thanks for the reminder.

p.s. anybody think this is a bad idea?

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 12:25 pm  Reply with quote
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Is it a disc brake? Does it only squeal when you aply the brakes?
If so, there's a product that goes on the back of the brake pad (it goes on as a blue liquid and then dries) that'll stop the squealing. I'll look around the garage to see if I have any.
-K

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PostPosted: Thu Apr 27, 2006 5:20 pm  Reply with quote
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Quick-dry electrical parts cleaner available at your local autoparts store. Spray both sides of the disc, move tire and spray the spot you missed.

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PostPosted: Wed May 03, 2006 12:27 pm  Reply with quote
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thanks all, you've given me some good ideas!

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I know I am hijacking threads again but it has to do with your husband's Fly150. I took my fly into Motoprimo today for the first service. It was getting harder and harder to start. The mechanic said that it was due to the automatic petcock was bad and it would leak gas down into the carb/cylinder. They installed a manual one so now I have a manual petcock in my fly(LOL). They didn't attach it to anything so tonight I took a band of 1/6 x 3/4 aluminum and bent it so that I could attach it to the rear screw of the air filter panel. I just replaced the screw and metal thingy with a st.steel screw and self locking nut. That way it doesn't flop around. These Auto-petcocks fail 90% of the time according to the mechanic. I would post a picture but I have no Idea how to do it.[/img]

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We've seen a lot of petcock failure in Vespa ET-2s come through Scooterville. Though we haven't dealt with it on the 150cc leader engine ( I would guess that's what they run in the Fly) I'd be surprised if the fuel valve was any different.
When we had the first modern Vespa come through with a flooding problem I contacted a friend who operates a shop in Provo, Utah. He had wrenched at a Vespa Boutique before opening his own place. He told me to replace the Piaggio valve with a reliable (Kymco) alternative. He said if you swap out the Piaggio petcock it will eventually fail again.
I've had an ET come in to service with the manual valve installed. I think that's a pretty lame fix, especially on a warranty bike, but Piaggio parts can be a nightmare to get. Especially the stuff that breaks a lot.
We just did the Kymco implant into two scooters last week. One was Matty's Ital-jet (same engine).
The surgery costs about $ 75 depending on model.
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thank you for the update, nealaustin! I'll have Richard read your post.
tnanks, scootervillian for giving us more info.

So far (knock on wood) no problem with Richard's Fly.

He stopped by Motoprimo yesterday and the guys there told him the origional Fly he had has been leaving many a rider stranded. They can't figure out what is wrong with it. Glad it wasn't just us that was having a problem.

Back to my brakes: I tried the electronic parts cleaner. worked for about a day :(
Tom at Betty's said just to put some W-D40 on it. Any thoughts on that.
I'm wary of taking a pressure washer to it. I would not want to damage anything else.

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yoyo65 wrote:
So far (knock on wood) no problem with Richard's Fly.


Best quote ever. It's a good idea to get checked periodically.

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I'd take a pressure washer to it before I'd spray WD-40 on my brake pads or anything. I know WD is a Water Dispersant and not a lubricant, but friction on my brake pads might not be such a bad deal.

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Just turn up the Ipod.

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Egan wrote:
Just turn up the Ipod.


IPOD?

sorry, I'm WAY behind the times! I had one of those Sony Walkmans when they first came out. I think I ditched the last one I had back in 1996.

It's just so emberassing to have such a squeaky break! I mean, it's LOUD!

I'll probably head over to my parents place tomorrow and pull out dad's pressure washer.

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pads in brackwards?

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Tom Lindsay wrote:
yoyo65 wrote:
So far (knock on wood) no problem with Richard's Fly.


Best quote ever. It's a good idea to get checked periodically.




OMG!! DUH!! Did I really just say THAT?!
Where's the smilie with "bag over my head"?

I think I'll blame it on the fumes from the varnish. I just put another coat in the kitchen floor.

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