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  • Everyone seems to have their own method of dealing with contaminated brake pads – wipe them, soak them, boil them, bake them, torch them, sand them, file them, fry them, toast them… I opted for the one method everyone agrees works — replace them, and clean the rotors. At ~0.5mm the rear pads needed replacing anyway, might as well do the front pads too.

    Everyone seems to have their own method of dealing with contaminated brake pads – wipe them, soak them, boil them, bake them, torch them, sand them, file them, fry them, toast them… I opted for the one method everyone agrees works — replace them, and clean the rotors. At ~0.5mm the rear pads needed replacing anyway, might as well do the front pads too.

  • I then did some low speed tests and was amazed at how little braking there actually was regardless of how hard the levers were yanked, and how weird the brakes sounded. Looking at the generous build up of dust around the brake pads front and back I must’ve been way too heavy handed with the drops of oil around the pistons, and more importantly nowhere near particular enough cleaning everything up before re-assembly, leading to contaminated brake pads front and back. Dirty bird, DOH!

    I then did some low speed tests and was amazed at how little braking there actually was regardless of how hard the levers were yanked, and how weird the brakes sounded. Looking at the generous build up of dust around the brake pads front and back I must’ve been way too heavy handed with the drops of oil around the pistons, and more importantly nowhere near particular enough cleaning everything up before re-assembly, leading to contaminated brake pads front and back. Dirty bird, DOH!

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