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Old 12-03-2011, 06:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Default Brake Problems on an Arctic Cat? Help needed!

Hello everyone,

I've posted on this forum before, and found some very good information, and some very helpful members. I decided to post again on here, since I'm in need of some help regarding a four wheeler, even though it's not a Honda.

My relative recently purchased a 2002 Arctic Cat 375 4x4 quad to use for around the house and for hunting. He bought it relatively cheap, and it's in overall good shape, except for the brakes which are almost non existent.

We decided to order new brake pads for all three calipers, hoping that would do the trick. Well when we replaced the pads, one of the calipers pistons was frozen. So we ordered a new caliper, and finally got it back on, with the new brake pads. Now the brakes are still non receptive. The brake lever goes completely done with no resistance. I topped of brake fluid levels, and even bleed the calipers out a little. I'm just wondering what else could be wrong?

I'm thinking he needs a new master cylinder? But I'm open to other ideas. That part costs around $100, but are there other components that I'm forgetting about? Or something else that needs to be done?

Any help would be greatly appreciated as always.
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Old 12-03-2011, 07:22 PM   #2 (permalink)
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You said you bled the brakes a little. What did you find? Will it push fluid?

It could be the master cylinder but if you were able to truly bleed the system then it should be pushing. If it is, then you could be air-locked and not bled fully.
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I would rebuild the Master cylinder, although you can try to pump it from the bottom up, provided you got the tools to do so.

but I would dare to bet the cup in the Master cylinder is wore, most times If you can get that part/replace it with one the SAME size, your good to go, whats the bore on those brake cylinder?

also I got a ton of AC service manuals..but they only go back to '03
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Old 12-03-2011, 10:46 PM   #4 (permalink)
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Well at-least you got a Honda to pull that cat around !!!!
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I would try bleed them again like steve07 said, sounds like you still have air in them.
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