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How to clean rotor and pads?

Postby bobmij7 » Sun Jun 03, 2007 18:55 pm

First, I have new pads and my rotor is fine.
I have some old ones which i got with a 2nd hand hope mono mini. They are black, covered in sumthing greasy, probably oil or brake fluid...I was wondering, is there anyway to clean these pads with household products. I think I could save a few coins if i managed to clean them. Basically, same question for a rotor, if a rotor gets crap on it, how would you clean it off?

Would white spirit work?

(please, no stupid or sarcy comments, my question wasnt intentionally stupid!)
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Postby nicklouse » Sun Jun 03, 2007 19:05 pm

NOT white spirit.

Meths.

just wash the rotor in the sink then dry then fit. then wipe the braking serface with a clean cloth with meths on.

pads not worth it. buy new.

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Postby Stinkyboy » Sun Jun 03, 2007 19:05 pm

do a search, basic answer is, no

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Postby zzpza » Sun Jun 03, 2007 19:11 pm

i admit to being a bit of a n00b when it comes to bikes, but i have worked on many many cars over the years. i don't see how this would be any different from cleaning car break disks. i would use halfords brake disk cleaner. it's about œ3 or œ4 a spray can.

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Postby merrymongoose » Sun Jun 03, 2007 21:36 pm

just wash in the sink maybe muc off or a special disk cleaner from your local bike shop will work probs

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Postby nicklouse » Sun Jun 03, 2007 21:48 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by zzpza</i>

i admit to being a bit of a n00b when it comes to bikes, but i have worked on many many cars over the years. i don't see how this would be any different from cleaning car break disks. i would use halfords brake disk cleaner. it's about œ3 or œ4 a spray can.

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on bikes there is only one thing to do with contaninated pads and that is bin them.

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Postby mmm_pie » Mon Jun 04, 2007 07:29 am

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by zzpza</i>

i admit to being a bit of a n00b when it comes to bikes, but i have worked on many many cars over the years. i don't see how this would be any different from cleaning car break disks. i would use halfords brake disk cleaner. it's about œ3 or œ4 a spray can.

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by haleybunny</i>

Sometimes it overheats. You have to make sure it's in a ventilated place all the time.
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Postby zzpza » Mon Jun 04, 2007 09:52 am

i wasn't advocating cleaning pads. i am interested how bike brake discs are different from car though with regards to cleaning...

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Postby The Joe Show » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:17 am

Think about it.

Car brakes get a lot hotter, and are a lot more powerful, hence a contaminated pad isn't so much of an issue as the oil/whatever will be burnt/worn off under normal braking.

Bike brakes lack the heat generation and power to do this. So you've really got no choice but to get new ones.

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Postby clarkson » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:55 am

why cant you use white spirit to clean the discs? i use it on mine and have done for the pastr few years with no problemns at all.

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Postby The Joe Show » Mon Jun 04, 2007 10:59 am

White spirit leaves a residue.

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Postby mmm_pie » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:23 am

I find its not as effective as meths or turp as well.

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<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by haleybunny</i>

Sometimes it overheats. You have to make sure it's in a ventilated place all the time.
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Postby bobmij7 » Mon Jun 04, 2007 11:42 am

no mercy shown in this forum...i guess there's no room idiots?

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Postby mmm_pie » Mon Jun 04, 2007 12:05 pm

<blockquote id="quote"><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial, Helvetica" id="quote">quote:<hr height="1" noshade id="quote"><i>Originally posted by bobmij7</i>

no mercy shown in this forum...<b>i guess there's no room idiots?</b>

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Sometimes it overheats. You have to make sure it's in a ventilated place all the time.
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Postby mbukfan » Tue Jun 05, 2007 19:40 pm

pads never seem to get back to form after they get grease on them

car disk brake cleans might not work on bike ones as they may leave some stuff on the disk which gets burnt off on a car brake

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Postby lugsey2k5 » Tue Jun 05, 2007 21:02 pm

same as the rest
petrol or similar will get them disks like new but pads doubt will ever be the same


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