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Front brake pads move when taking quick release wheel on/off

Old 10-10-07, 10:11 PM
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Front brake pads move when taking quick release wheel on/off

Title basically sums it up. When i take off my front quick release wheel (to lock it up with my rear wheel), the brake pads seem to move a little bit.
Thus, when i put the wheel back on, the pads rub on the rim and i get really annoyed.

Just wondering if there is a way to stop this from happening in future....

If there are any previous threads covering it please let me know!
Thanks, marty.
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Old 10-10-07, 10:19 PM
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It's common for this to happen when reinstalling your wheel. Grab the front brake a few times and see if it goes away. If not, check you brake adjustment and realign your pads. Sounds like a pretty simple problem that your LBS with fix for free or cheap if you can't pin it down.
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Old 10-10-07, 10:46 PM
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One of the most common causes of this is that the axle isn't getting put all the way into the dropouts on both sides when you re-install the wheel. The axle isn't square in the dropouts, and suddenly the brakes are "out of adjustment." I would check this first. Beyond that, is the tire too fat to clear the brake pads when you remove/install the wheel, even when the brakes are released? If that's the case, you might have to deflate the tire, at least partially, to keep from knocking the brakes out of adjustment when you remove/install the wheel.

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Old 10-10-07, 10:59 PM
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Originally Posted by well biked View Post
One of the most common causes of this is that the axle isn't getting put all the way into the dropouts on both sides when you re-install the wheel. The axle isn't square in the dropouts, and suddenly the brakes are "out of adjustment." I would check this first. Beyond that, is the tire too fat to clear the brake pads when you remove/install the wheel, even when the brakes are released? If that's the case, you might have to deflate the tire, at least partially, to keep from knocking the brakes out of adjustment when you remove/install the wheel.
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Definitely check the alignment before you mess with the pads etc... I had a similar problem when I took a rear wheel off and thought I had put it back on straight ... after messing with the pads/adjusting the wires to make more room for the rubbing pads I realized the alignment of the tire was slightly off vs the holder/frame that caused one side of the pad to rub when it didn't previously.
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Old 10-10-07, 11:24 PM
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You were right! The wheel wasnt sitting correctly (although it appeared to be). Back to normal now

Thanks for the help. I'll practice putting the wheel back on properly.

Time to go for a ride!
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Old 10-11-07, 05:50 AM
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When you put the wheel back on, right the bike, then open and close the QR. Should seat itself if it's not already.
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