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I've gotten into the habit of using the parking brake every time I park the 400. I went out tonight for a quick trip to the local 24 hour Quik Mark after donning the required several layers of clothing since it's a nice 'balmy' 20 degrees. Got on the bike, started it, released the parking brake, and tried to roll the bike back .... no movement. It appears something on the parking brake is frozen ... literally. The parking brake has no tension to it until it gets on the upper end where I had it while parked.

I figure a little warm weather and it'll let go. My question is what is the most likely point that has frozen and what can I do to keep it from happening again other than avoiding using the parking brake (or building a garage). :roll:

Stranded at home,
 

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If you have a hair dryer (and somewhere to plug it in), you could try directing some heat in the area of the rear brake caliper and linkages. I'm not sure if that would free it up, but it might be worth a try.
 

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I thought I'd try it when there was some daylight. My first guess was it might be frozen up in the parking brake area.
 

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Bill, the brake lock has a cable to the rear drum area. Wud guess the cable had some moisture that froze. Try letting the scoot run for awhile; chances are heat from motor and muffler will melt it.
 

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Hey Ted,

Tried that for a bit last night and let it run a bit. I figured I'd hit it with the heat gun (aka hair dryer) when the temp warms up to a bit over (or at least closer to) freezing. While the temp is so low, I'm going to avoid using the parking brake for an extended period.
 

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Frozen Parking brake

Hi Bill,

That's pretty much standard practice with a cage up here.
Nobody uses their parking brakes in the winter.
 

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It appears something on the parking brake is frozen ... literally.

Bill,
Isn't winter great. I unbuttoned the tonneaux cover on my pickup to deliver Secret Santa gifts for the Kiwanis Club here in town. Got done and snaps would not snap and cover would not streach. Had to use hair dryer in garage until it was flexiable enough to resnap. I'll bet the hair dryer will do the trick.

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Personally I would have no other use for a hair dryer :wink:
 

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Bill, I know you're totally scooter-dependant for transportation just now. If you need something like groceries delivered, let me know? I'll be in town through Dec 22 and a bit on Dec 23
 

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Lapine Rider said:
Bill, I know you're totally scooter-dependant for transportation just now. If you need something like groceries delivered, let me know?
Thanks for he offer! My son is how from college and can do the delivery bit if needed. I've been able to handle it on the scoot so far. It's one of the great things about riding a scooter .... the amazing about of storage. You can pack a load of groceries in the trunk with no problem.
 

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OK Montana boy, don't rub it in!

(I happen to remember from an earlier post that you were raised in the great white north.) :wink:

Right now in Nebraska, we are being invaded by frigid Canadian air. It was 0 degrees F when I got up Sunday morning. A little milder today, but starting tomorrow we go back in the deep freeze. I really like our Canadian members, but I wish they'd keep their cold air up there. :?
 

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Well if you "lived" in Canada (Toronto area) your temp. would have been
-22 celcius with a wind chill of -35 c (-31 degree fahrenheit) And I hear that Thunder Bay hit -40c We don't worry about our brakes sticking on our bikes - we worry about our butts sticking to the seat :wink:
 

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For some reason, this post is of absolutely no interest to me.

Hmm. Must be the 77 degree temp we had yesterday...

Now, if y'all just lived in Phoenix, you wouldn't have these awful problems.

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If God intended for man to live in a desert - he would have put casinos there!! :wink:
 

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And plenty of WATER. My daughter lives in Santa Fe...monthly water bill was $56 and the two of them are very conservative...you know; if its yellow let it mellow; if its brown flush it down. Thats what they say out there. Mine runs about $16 monthly.
 

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don't ask me what my summer-time water bill is. I've known a few neighbors that have capped off their outside water nozzles because of neighbors "stealing" water at night.

Geez, what's next, gasoline prices above $2.00 a gallon?

Cold this morning as I rode to work: 40 degrees. Had to put my mesh gloves away and put on my "warm weather" ones.

Yes, I love this time of year. And I only have to drive 1 1/2 hours north to snow ski. Weird.
 

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You all live in paradise over there : 56$ water bill a month? Come on over here an expect spending double the price for the same quantity! gas 2$ a gallon? at the gas station next door of my home I get HALF a gallon for that much...... :cry: :cry: :cry:
 
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