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Old 09-05-04, 10:35 PM   #1
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Break Screech

Wow I definately do not know what I am doing.

My front brakes squels bad, really bad. In trying to fix it, I some how made it worse. I tried rubbing the pads with some emery cloth and cleaning the rims, but it just made the noise worse.

Off to the Bike on Tuesday with it I think.
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Your caliper pivot could be loose so adjust it. Or, shoes are not fitted to the rim, which means you need to toe in the shoes just a tad-or sand the shoes which you did with no luck. Or, but probably not the cause, the brake caliper is too long and flimsy. I think in all probablity the shoes need to be toed in. If that doesn't work then try taking a very fine emery paper and clean the rims-IF your rims are the shiny silver aluminum type, otherwise use a solvent that is residue free.

If the shoes are new, they may need to simply break into the rim.

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Your caliper pivot could be loose so adjust it. Or, shoes are not fitted to the rim, which means you need to toe in the shoes just a tad-or sand the shoes which you did with no luck. Or, but probably not the cause, the brake caliper is too long and flimsy. I think in all probablity the shoes need to be toed in. If that doesn't work then try taking a very fine emery paper and clean the rims-IF your rims are the shiny silver aluminum type, otherwise use a solvent that is residue free.

If the shoes are new, they may need to simply break into the rim.

I took it to the bike since I do not know how to adjust the Toe and do not really have any tools to do it. At least I know it will be done right, this LBS has always done very good work.
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