My rear break has pretty much stopped working. Not in a broken cable kinda way but when I squeeze it the bike wont stop (moving forward or back). Is this something where I just need to adjust the break cable or replace the drum breaks. How can one tell? The scooter has about 5k miles on it.
With 5 thousand miles your brakes shouldn't be worn out but if San Fran is as hilly as I think it is- then maybe. My scoots have their original pads and/or shoes and they have 25-35 thousand miles on them. Brakes are nothing to play with so I would have a pro check them out.
I did the adjustment and it helped a bit but the break lever handle is really hard to pull now (it has about 10mm until it connects with the break) and the tire still spins some and the vespa doesn't come to a complete stop.
You may have leaking gear oil on your brakes. My LX had the lip seal installed backwards by Piaggio. A little gear oil would make the brakes not function at all. Start by looking for oil on your rear wheel. Or have your dealer check it out.
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