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Old 06-17-12, 07:12 PM
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How to fix broken/detached Brake lever

I had tripped over while cutting downhill corner and the bike fell at an angle that removed my brake lever from the hook. The hook does go back in with some effort, but does not stay there. I assume the 2 loose bolts has to make sure that the brake lever is stuck back in the hook.
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Can someone advise the best thing to do. Will this require a mechanic to fix it. Or will I have to go for a complete replacement of the brake lever (hope not. Just bought this baby)...

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Old 06-17-12, 07:18 PM
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Looks pretty broken to me, there is clip in there lose and a metal thingy too. What you have to do is to let the guys know what lever brand and model you are talking about, w/o that they cant tell you anything. Many levers, many manufacturers... etc.
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Old 06-17-12, 07:39 PM
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Thanks ultraman6970. Yup. Looks bad. I had been to one store, where the sales guys suggested the mechanic may be able to fix this. Ofcourse, he was a sales guy and had not much idea about this. Looking at the other lever, I guess the nuts somehow keeps the lever from coming out of place.
I will have to take it to the store again. Will update this.
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My advice would be to remove and disassemble the lever to check it out.

If you can see damage, chances are it's toast.

If not, you should be able to figure out how to reassemble it. If you can't, you prolly know someone who can, or you could take it into the shop then.
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It looks like the lever was forced open pulling the plunger rod and lockring with it. The plunger rod fits into the back of the piston and the lockring holds it in place. If the ridge that holds the lockring is in place you can just snap it back together; if not than I see a replacement in your future.

Edit; The lever is a Deore M595 and a replacement is about $50..This looks like a good deal https://www.amazon.com/Shimano-Deore-.../dp/B002U96O22

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Thanks everyone. Got this fixed in the local bike store (15$). The piston had to be just pushed inside. The bolt with 2 holes had to be pressed together and with it all the 3 units inside. Took a little effort, but was easily fixed in the end.

Thanks again everyone.
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Thanks everyone. Got this fixed in the local bike store (15$). The piston had to be just pushed inside. The bolt with 2 holes had to be pressed together and with it all the 3 units inside. Took a little effort, but was easily fixed in the end.

Thanks again everyone.
"The bolt with 2 holes"? I assume you mean the lock ring; Glad is was the first scenario
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Yupp. Thanks a ton...
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Hey mate. I'm having exactly the same problem. Trying to press the lock ring into place but seems I'm not finding right way to do it. How did you do to press the lock ring inside the unit, any specific tips or advice?

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Hey.. The lock ring has to holes which needs to be pressed together and pushed inside. You will need something tat can fit the 2 small holes so that you can pull it towards each other.
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I bought myself a lockring-tool and after some effort I managed to fix it. As you said it turned out to be quite an easy fix in the end.. Thanks for you reply!
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ur welcome.. Enjoi your ride...
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