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post #1 of 11 Old 11-29-2014, 06:02 PM Thread Starter
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Hello All,

Seeing as there are so many mechanically inclined people on this forum I figured I'd go ahead and ask.

I'd like to clean my break calipers, seeing as its the beginning of winter here in Vancouver, they are getting very dirty and the pads are touching the disks as well...

It would be my first time doing this so what tools would I need and what should I look for when opening up the calipers etc ?

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I've found simple green or oil eater and a toilet brush attacked to a cordless drill does a nice job without having to remove the caliper

If ur dead set one pulling it off just use a screw drive to push the piston(s) back in the caliper(watch the reservoir for overflowing) also the pad material will chip off if pryed on to hard...I usually wedge the driver between the pads then turn it as if removing a screw, this will help keep from putting uneven pressure on the piston or on the edge of the pad material

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If you want to REALLY get them clean:


You'll need to re-bleed the entire system, of course.

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They are brakes, not breaks... just sayin.

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They are brakes, not breaks... just sayin.
Whoops. I just noticed. I wrote this on my phone. It has yet to learn motorcycle mechanic talk... :P

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OP, edited title for ya.

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empty a large can of brake cleaner on it all, much easier.

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So I took my break pads out today and cleaned them up along with the caliper . Just a bit of rub and scrub really with a tooth brush to get the dirt off. When I put the pads back in I pushed the pistons or whatever they are called inside the caliper. Once I cleaned and tightened everything back I took the bike for a spin and the first few times I pressed the front brake there was nothing.... Then the pressure to the brake started comming back. I'm hoping this is normal behaviour yes?

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Yup, normal. Next time you'll remember to re-pressurize the lines (pump the lever several times until you feel feedback) before you head out.

Those first few times you were pumping the lever you were pushing the pistons back into position. The reason it takes several 'pumps', is that one pump of the lever does not equate to the full distance of movement of the piston. Just a couple millimeters, maybe. So it takes several pumps to get the pistons back into contact with the back of the pads to where they will start to press the pad into the rotor.

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Yup, normal. Next time you'll remember to re-pressurize the lines (pump the lever several times until you feel feedback) before you head out.

Those first few times you were pumping the lever you were pushing the pistons back into position. The reason it takes several 'pumps', is that one pump of the lever does not equate to the full distance of movement of the piston. Just a couple millimeters, maybe. So it takes several pumps to get the pistons back into contact with the back of the pads to where they will start to press the pad into the rotor.
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