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Old 05-03-07, 07:22 PM
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How the hell do I get my hydraulic brakes open!

I took of my front tyre to put my bike in the car and forgot to put the plastic separator between the Shimano hydraulic brake pads.

They closed up and i don't know how to open them. Does anyone know how to help?

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Old 05-03-07, 08:32 PM
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Hello liamtwy, I hope you have gotten your brakes back to working by now, but in the meantime,

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Originally Posted by liamtwy
I took of my front tyre to put my bike in the car and forgot to put the plastic separator between the Shimano hydraulic brake pads.

They closed up and i don't know how to open them. Does anyone know how to help?

Cheers

Liam
Hey Liam. There is a trick that works ... sometimes. Remove the pads. Then, if you can get a wrench (round end of a boxed wrench) between the piston(s), push them back that way. If that doesn't work, you may need to bleed the system. Good luck, and welcome to the forums!

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Thanks for the welcome!

I'll check out the forums and uses those suggestions.

Cheers

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Bac,

Cheers mate, i just tried your suggestion and it worked perfectly! thanks alot, you pick up something new every day!

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Originally Posted by liamtwy
Bac,

Cheers mate, i just tried your suggestion and it worked perfectly! thanks alot, you pick up something new every day!

Liam
I love it when a plan comes together! I've used that trick a few times with good results.

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