Garage Files: How To Regain That New Brake Feeling

contaminated with oils, even if they have been washed, so a paper towel is best for this job.

12-Use the paper towel to thoroughly clean all the surfaces of the brake. We prefer this handy “flossing” technique for cleaning the inside of the brake, which is likely coated with the lubricating oil you just applied.

13-Before reinstalling your pads, measure their thickness. Anything less than a millimeter of pad material, in addition to the backing plate, and it’s time for fresh ones.

14-Double-check that all surfaces in and around the brake caliper are clean. Frames and brake adapters love to hide small pools of fluids that can instantly contaminate pads. Once everything is clean, it’s time to reinstall the pads.

15-The best method for putting the pads back in is to make a “spring sandwich.” That means you should position the H-spring between the pads and then squish everything together.

16-Once you have your brake-pad spring sandwich, slide the pads back into place.

17-Most brake manufacturers make a plastic pad spacer chip that’s designed to perfectly space the pads before the rotor is installed. These typically come with new brakes, but can also…

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