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Old 03-12-22, 07:30 PM
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Mechanical disc breaks sticking during adjustment

To start, I want to apologize for yet another thread on disc breaks. Im new to them and found it confusing to piece together a solution from previous posts.

Anyway, I am trying to adjust my mechanical disc breaks so the pads donít rub against the disc. My thinking was i should rotate both pad adjusters fully counter-clockwise until full clearance so i can then individually tighten each side until first sign of rubbing. Then, i would subsequently loosen until first sign of clearance. I would do this for both sides, one after the other.



However, when i loosen the pads after meeting initial resistance, i cant loosen them enough to achieve clearance again. Itís as if the pads get stuck hugging the disc. If I loosen the entire way, still rubbing, until i remove and reinsert the wheel again.



Has anyone experienced this before or perhaps have a hunch on what is happening here? Would be super appreciative of any help.



Thanks so much,

Reese
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Old 03-12-22, 08:53 PM
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I swear people do this on purpose.
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Old 03-12-22, 08:56 PM
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I swear people do this on purpose.
huh?
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I assume you have this type of mechanical disc brakes?

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I assume you have this type of mechanical disc brakes?
yes thats right! Sorry for not stating that initially!
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yes thats right! Sorry for not stating that initially!
While videos are okay, sometimes itís better to just read. I have the feeling that your caliper isnít aligned properly. You shouldnít adjust the pads independently but as a unit. The inner (fixed) pad should only just clear the rotor while the outer (moving) pad should have a little more clearance. Also make sure the wheel is fully into the dropouts before making any adjustments.
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Originally Posted by Ban_all_cars View Post
huh?
Misspell 'brake'. Not provide any info about the specific BRAKE they're working with.
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