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: 95 storm braking problems

01-07-2002, 08:09 AM
I have a '95 Storm that I have recently purchased.

I did some riding over the weekend and the braking performance of the machine got worse over time.

I have found a recall notice for '95 machines with fault coolant tanks that cause braking problems.

Polaris Recalls (http://www.snowmobileworld.com/snowrecalls/polaris/index.shtml)

I don't know if this is the problem or the pads are just really worn.

The lever will go almost to the bar, but the sled doesn't stop.

I can see the caliper moving slightly when the lever is pulled so I think it is operating properly.

Also, does anyone know where I could find a diagram of the braking system so I can replace the pads myself, I don't want to start removing parts without a clear idea what I am doing.

Thanks for your help!!!!

01-07-2002, 09:28 AM
95% chance your pads are bad. Polaris replacements are expensive (80.00?) and come with some crude directions.
Did an Ultra last weekend, wound up pulling off the coolant lines and removing the muffler for clearance. Other than the coolant mess, it wasn't a bad job.

01-07-2002, 12:48 PM
Thanks AL

You wouldn't happen to have copy of the instructions would you! *I tried buying polaris replacements and you were correct.

very expensive and they won't be in for 2 1/2 weeks.

I am just going to by a set of aftermarket pads from the local shop and install them. *I am just concerned that they won't come with directions at all and I have never replaced the pads on a liquid-cooled brake system. *My last sled was a 93 Phazer and it has a very simple brake system.

Thanks for the help!

01-07-2002, 01:17 PM
The wear limit on the brake pads is 1/32". Take a light and shine it down next to the rotor. You should be able to see the pads. You may have to look at different angles for each pad. If it is close to the wear limit they need to be replaced. If not then maybe someone spilt 2 stroke oil on the brakes. It is located very close and have seen this before. If pads are good and no oil on rotor then it would be either your master cylinder or air in the line. Working on these brakes is not very hard. Disconnect the coolant hoses and remove 2 top bolts. Brake assembly should pull right off. If you need to bleed brakes it is the same as a car. It would be a good idea to change the fluid if you are working on it anyway. Only use fluid from a closed container, any moisture will cause you problems. Also when you get it back together make sure you bleed the cooling system so you don't over heat the motor. Hope this helps.

01-07-2002, 02:02 PM
Thanks, that helps a lot!

01-22-2002, 08:33 PM
Well, I found the problem.

There is a relay on the back of the caliper that activates the brake lite. *I replaced the pads and everything, went to pull the lever and squirt!!! Brake fluid coming out of the relay from around the electrical blades.

I went to the nearest polaris dealer (Rickward Polaris in Kearney Ont. 10 min from Burk's Falls) and they had the relay in stock, thank god!

It gets worse though!!! Guess how much that relay costs?http://www.snowmobileworld.com/forums/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif

$98.95 + Tax


Brakes work great now thought and the dealer was nice enough to install it for me and even said that price was ridiculous! http://www.snowmobileworld.com/forums/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/confused.gif

01-28-2002, 10:15 PM
just replace the pads that would be my guess *http://www.snowmobileworld.com/forums/iB_html/non-cgi/emoticons/wink.gif