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Old 05-11-12, 07:03 PM
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Brake lubrication

ive taken the bike apart to replace buttom bracket and to just clean everything. I opened up the rear brake to clean, and I see there is a residue in there like some sort of oil. I was wondering what I should use to lubricate it. Would engine oil work?
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What kind of brakes are you talking about? It would be pretty funny if you opened up a hydraulic disc brake caliper and found "some kind of oil"... Reminds me about hearing of people who had squeaky brakes and then sprayed WD40 on them. Based on your post so far, you should step away from the bike and take it to the bike shop before you ruin it.

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It's a mechanical disc brake. Inside the mechanism there are ball bearings that help with the movement. There is some sort of lubricant there for sure that lubricating these bearings. I'd like to clean it out and apply a new film since I go through a lot of mud and water and I dont think it would hurt for the longevity. I'm simply wondering what the proper lubricant here would be. And no it's not a hydraulic brake.
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ball bearings are usually lubed with a dab of green (we use green) grease.
http://www.bikepartsusa.com/bikepart...ategory=search

any good grease will work.

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Pull the pads.
Wash with simple green.
Rinse with hot water.
Let dry.
Reassemble.


Don't lube.
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Originally Posted by ed View Post
Pull the pads.
Wash with simple green.
Rinse with hot water.
Let dry.
Reassemble.


Don't lube.
Why would you NOT lube the ball bearings?
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