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squeaky!!!(3 posts)

squeaky!!!doc (tro)
Jul 21, 2001 9:20 PM
I'm trying to fix my rim brake problem...the rear brake is fairly loud ...however the pads ARE toed in....I believe this is the result of my attempt to clean the wheel with steel wool (the kind with the pink soap in it)...I then used degreaser and water and thouroughly dried it...any ideas?

-help please
re: squeaky!!!DINOSAUR
Jul 22, 2001 6:43 AM
I don't think it's a good idea to use steel wool on al rims. You must have created a multiple of tiny little microscopic burrs that are not visible to the naked eye. Combined with soap is probably causing your pads to squeal. You probably have little particles of steel wool embedded in your pads. Try just using a degreaser such as Simple Green full strength on your rims and replace the brake pads. Kool stops work good. IMHO I can't think of anything else..
re: squeaky!!!DINOSAUR
Jul 22, 2001 3:41 PM
Thinking about this somemore, I was still asleep when I entered the last post. You should never use steel wool on your bike or component. Use a light grade metal sandpaper. I sanded off some burrs that were on the inside of my rims awhile back, just make sure you get rid of any metal shavings.