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Old 06-05-08, 00:52   #1
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Default How to: Get rid of front brake squeak / Change pads

I was overly bored tonight and decided to take care of the squeaky front brakes on my bike. The same everything will apply if you are looking to put new pads in.

This is my first how-to, so take it as it is or throw some input at me, and I'll try to keep it brief.

Also, I took the pictures putting it back together, you will be able to tell later

Estimated Time: 45 minutes (I did it in 45 making it up as I went along...)

Tools Needed:

5mm allen
8mm allen
Pliers / Vice grips / Really Strong Hands (not recommended)
Hand or stone grinder / File and some ambition

Recommended:

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1. Start by breaking the three circled bolts loose, don't turn the 5mm much, there is a clip on the back of it (also circled)



2. Carefully take the brake line(s) out of the plastic clip on the fender



3. Completely remove the two larger bolts holding the caliper on and carefully work the caliper off the rotor and out



4. Take the clip off the end of the remaining bolt and unscrew that.



The metal clip under it will now fall out and the pads are free





5. I marked the pads left and right so I could put them back in where they came out since I was not replacing them with new ones

6. Grind down the leading edge of the pad (bottom) to a 45ish degree angle. I was fortunate enough to have a power stone grinder, but a file will git 'er done fine





7. Clean everything up

8. *If replacing the pads you will need to compress the pistons or you will not get the pads to clear the rotor when replacing the caliper*

9. Apply a small amount (too much might make the grease wet and runny, not what you want on your pads) of high temp grease (they make stuff specifically for this job, but I used Mobil 1 synthetic high temp) to the piston rings, and the back of the pads where they touch



9. Seat the pads back in the calipers where they will be when resting



10. Replace the clip that came from under the bolt



11. Work the bolt through the first pad, over the clip, through the second pad and then the far hole on the caliper. Make sure the pads are still in the seated position after this is done, they are difficult to move once the bolt is in



12. Tighten that bolt hand tight and replace the safety clip

13. Put the caliper back in place, work the two large bolts in and snug them each down, then tighten to spec - 35 Nm



14. Tighten smaller bolt to spec

15. Replace brake line(s) in the plastic clip in the front fender



16. Repeat for the other side

17. Pump the brakes a couple times

18. Enjoy silent stopping
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NICE WORK , I hate the squeakiness of it all , everyone looking at this sweet new 675 gleaming in the sun , and then red light , sqeeeeeeeellkk
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Thanks, I hated it too. In the other thread I said it sounded like someone strangling a puppy.

Only took me a 1.5 years and 12,500 miles to get off my ass and do it.
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If you can hear it squealing , then you clearly aren't choking the puppy hard enough , oops , I mean grinding 45 degrees and greasing the backside
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Are you sure you needed to replace you pads b/c Those are the cleanest calipers I have ever seen! LOL

Nice job and write-up
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Are you sure you needed to replace you pads b/c Those are the cleanest calipers I have ever seen! LOL

Nice job and write-up
That is exactly what I was thinking. Looked like brand new.
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Not trying to stir the pot here but are you sure thats a good idea putting grease on there?

I would think over time and the elements getting to it that there is a chance of that grease making it's way down onto the pads or disk? I know it's a small amount you put on there but grease + brakes = bad.
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5. I marked the pads left and right so I could put them back in where they came out since I was not replacing them with new ones
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Thanks Josh.. lol.

I try to keep them as clean as I can, they show brake dust so well. I actually have 12,500 miles on the bike and those are the original pads.

jpeepers I'm hoping that it will work out. I've heard its a fairly common solution, both in cars and on bikes. I was more worried about the heat from the brakes melting it than the rain and stuff disturbing it. If any did run I would hope that it would flash off quick enough.
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Just thought I'd update, I'm 250 miles past this project and still no squeak or grease run.
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