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Old 07-09-06, 04:27 PM   #1
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Brake fluid on pads

Okay, I have ran several searches and not found anything quite this specific.

I just finished bleeding my Juicy-5's and I can only assume that some fluid dripped down the caliper body from behind and on to my rotor. When I went to try them out, they howled like a beaten dog and were very weak. I rode up and down my street for a while trying to burn the stuff out by going really fast and then clamping down on the lever. They are getting stronger and they seem to be quiet again, but I don't think they are up to full potential.

Do I need to replace the pads or will it eventually burn out?
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Old 07-09-06, 04:33 PM   #2
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Never touched disc brakes before, but I've heard you can clean the rotor and pads with alcohol.
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clean rotor with brake clean or alcohol and get new pads
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make a note for next time, remove pads prior to bleeding.

you may have gotten lucky, take the pads out and look for any signs of crumbling or degredation of the compound. comtamination usually shows up as discolouration, or a blotchy looking pad.
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Clean the pads with alcohol as mentioned before and try cooking them.

Put them on your oven @ 350 degree for 15 to 30 minutes, hopefully the heat will evaporate the brake fluid and your pads will be good, not as new but should work.
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Sounds easier and safer to just get a pair of new pads =P
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Pisses me off though. My LBS doesn't stock EBC greens for Avid Juicy's. Neither does any online dealer I can find. They're all back ordered.

I just ordered a couple sets of Kool Stop's.

I haven't ever heard of Galfer or Goodridge and I don't want to go with the stock Avid's again.

I'll see how the freakin' Kool Stop's work out, I guess.
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try this before you start replacing stuff...it wouldn't kill to have some on hand anyhow.
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Ew...Brake cleaner doesn't work as well as Rubbing alcohol. Poor rubbing alcohol on the rotor, and wipe it off with a dry cloth. Then do the same with the pads, and then use sandpaper on them, and then more rubbing alcohol. Worked great for mine.
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MX_599 is right on NOTHING beats CRC Brakleen. It will salvage most any braking surface. Buy it at any good auto parts store.
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These pads are tizzoast! I took them out and the inside is crumbling to crap. Oh well, I'll get new ones in a couple days.
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well i would have inspected and cleaned them before i rode them with fluid. but oh well, now you have an excuse to buy some sweet new pads!! be sure to take the opportunity to upgrade
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You mean downgrade, right? I had EBC Greens. Everyone has those on backorder, so I had to get some Kool Stop's.
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i have alot of experience with juicy's and ebc pads, youll be ALOT happier spending just a couple extra bucks on gold compound pads instead of greens.

im in the UK, greens dont last very long on our trails, a set of golds will last me about 500 miles of grit sand and mud. plus i dont know how, but golds feel so much better through the lever too.

i also had a problem with a set of greens, one pad wore down to the metal in 2 rides while the other pad was fine, bad batch aparently (may be the reason nobody has any in stock) EBC's customer service sent me 2 sets of gold and 2 sets of new greens for my troubles cant complain really!
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Wow, I had no idea. Price was never an issue. I just heard that for "all around" riding I should be using greens. It even say's on EBC's website that the gold's are for wet weather. I be livin' in Kansas, Toto. I don't ride MTB's in the mud much anymore b/c our trails around here have too much of a dirt bed and not enough rock or clay in the soil causing pretty bad rutting.

When it's muddy, I hit the pavement.

Either way, if golds are better for dry weather too...I need 'em. I have a full set of Kool Stop's on the way, but I went by my LBS today and they had a set of EBC Red's. Dadgum, dood's! Them Red's got some grip!!! I don't know how long they last, but they grab like a drunk old man in a strip joint.

I have a tendancy to grab the living snot outta my brakes now and then just b/c I'm still in awe at how powerful they are. It's kinda like when you're in the car right before the airbag goes off. They probably won't last me long.
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What, did you just read the origional post and then offer this stroke of genious? I have purchased 3 sets, man.
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Do I need to replace the pads or will it eventually burn out?
you asked a question, and i answered succinctly by saying "get new pads."
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True, but 1 hour later I had posted that I had already gotten to that conclusion by ordering new ones and 1 day later I had posted that I replaced them and gotten proper results. Thanks anyway, it's not that I don't appreciate it...it's just a little redundant. I guess it's good for reinforcement even though I already did the work.
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