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Brake pad install.(5 posts)

Brake pad install.JL
Nov 17, 2002 5:12 PM
I'm replacing my brake pads in my 2001 Ultegra brakes. I'm using the Ritchey pads and I'm having a real tough time getting them all the way in. One (out of 4) went in OK. Anyone have a suggestion to get them in all the way? Zinn isn't helping much with this one.

Thanks.

John
re: Brake pad install.pmf1
Nov 18, 2002 6:21 AM
I only use Shimano pads, but I have had problems with them before as well. First, make sure you are putting them in correctly. Are the arrows on the pads are in the right direction? Next, make sure you're inserting them into the rear end of the brake.

Sometimes I still can't get them in and use a wide (adjustable) set of pliers. Put one end on the brake pad, the other on the brake itself and squeeze. I've had some luck using chain lube on the sides as well. As a last resort, try it. Make sure there isn't any on the part of the pad making contact with the rim, or you'll have problems.
ThanksJL
Nov 18, 2002 8:04 AM
I wasn't taking off the holders. I broke down and removed them one at time and pushed down. I think I have them all in now, but the wrench thing may help with the tougher ones.

Thanks.

John
Thankspmf1
Nov 18, 2002 8:15 AM
I never remove the holders (thats the part the pad slides into, right?). That's one of the nice things about the newer brake pads vs. the older 8-speed ones. The older ones were both rubber and metal part all in one. Changing them meant monkeying around to make sure the pads were propoerly aligned with the rim. I always found that to be a PITA.
ThanksJL
Nov 18, 2002 8:39 AM
I tried the wrench thing already. It worked great. I was able to push in 2 others without removing the holders. They were not quite in as far as I thought they should.

Everything looks good now.

Thanks.