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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 07-30-2019, 09:46 AM Thread Starter
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Wheel smoking after tire change!

Hi! I took my Suzuki boulevard c50 to a mechanic to swap out the tires. Here, about a week later, I went on my first longish ride for about 10-15 miles. When I got home, I noticed the wheel was smoking pretty bad! Could this have been caused by something done incorrectly by the mechanic changing the wheel, or is it more likely something I have done? The bike has 10k miles on it.
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Either the mechanic over tightened the axle bolt, or they failed to set the rear brake correctly when they put it back together. Either way, they owe you a free repair. Get it towed .
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wouldn't put it off...

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I'm betting on the brakes.
Adjusting them in the air, then setting the bike on the ground changes the adjustment due to the suspension.
I'd also further verify this by looking for discoloration of the brake drum.

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If the drum is a light golden color, brakes were dragging. You'll need a new hub.

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The rear brake is a mechanical connection as opposed to hydraulic. When reassembling the adjuster bolt at the end needs to be set properly - there is a curved portion that needs to seat in. Frequently the mechanic will just place the hub back on and the bolt can seat incorrectly, adding about 1/2" of pull to the brakes and causing the pads to engage just enough to cause friction but no braking. You may have noticed that your brake pedal was too tight or was higher than normal. If you went on a long ride you've most likley glazed the pads and toasted your drum.

I'd go back to the mechanic - hopefully they will own it but since you rode it a long way they may not.


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