My apologies for thinking you were a troll. It would appear was too quick to judge you, for that I am sorry.
However, as far as the brake issues go, I would strongly recommend OEM pads, as EBC and other brands tend to cause issues in these ST's.
You have done too many things (taken apart the SMC) attempted to rebuild it, cleaned it with a scotchbrite pad that may have done more harm than good, etc.
Taking apart the rear caliper, instead of removing the wheel, etc. The rear inboard pad could be resting on top of the little tabs that its suppose to be next too, this could cause your brake issues, as well as using wrong pads (if used) on the front calipers, dry sliding dowels on any of the three calipers, failure of your SMC (getting stuck in the bore) copper paste on the parts, damaged pin hangers, or a poor or incomplete fluid flush and bleed! And of these, or several of these can cause brake issues.
If it were me, I would start over, and clean and detail strip both front calipers (re-build if needed) replace the pads with OEM pads, and start by doing a complete fluid flush, either by hand, or using a check valve of some sort (do not use a pump type system).
Make sure you tap, whack, and wiggle all your banjo fittings, joints, lines, and calipers when bleeding. Be sure to follow the correct service manual procedure, including tilting the SMC during the bleed.
I would also replace the questionable SMC with a complete new unit.
Check the recalls on your model and see if it had a recall on the PCV.
appreciate the advice all the same. One thing have noticed is the little silver clip , that the pads sit in is missing
going to order that tomorrow for starters.
then I will follow your instructions on rebuild
then I will revert accordingly
Tony's in the UK. The Pan-European ST1300 was released on 2002.
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