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View Poll Results: Do you replace rear brake pads with the wheel on or off?
Wheel on - Easy to do 12 75.00%
Wheel off - Allows caliper to be cleaned 4 25.00%
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Old September 15th, 2014   #1
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Default Rear pad replacement - Wheel On or Off

When you replace the rear pads do you do so with the wheel on or wheel off the bike?

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Old September 15th, 2014   #2
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Default Re: Rear pad replacement - Wheel On or Off

Lets get some idea on who is doing what during pad replacement.
Starting with the rear pads.


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Old September 15th, 2014   #3
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Its so much easier to get the wheel off with the pads out as the caliper moves freely and they are simple to drop out so it's always pads out first for me.
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Default Re: Rear pad replacement - Wheel On or Off

Maybe it is poorly worded but what I'm looking for is are you taking the time to remove the wheel in order to replace the brake pad or are you simply removing the old pad and sliding the new pads in.


In the end what this is aimed at is who is cleaning the caliper/pistons, lubricating the pivot points and how often is it being done.

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Maybe it is poorly worded but what I'm looking for is are you taking the time to remove the wheel in order to replace the brake pad or are you simply removing the old pad and sliding the new pads in.


In the end what this is aimed at is who is cleaning the caliper/pistons, lubricating the pivot points and how often is it being done.

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Ah, well I'd say the wheel has to come out far more often for tyres than for the pad replacement anyway, but I would always take the pads out to get the wheel out anyway, and that in itself would make me have a quick goosey at the pistons, I tend with most caliper pistons to press them wider to make sure they are free, a toothbrush with brake fluid is my chosen cleaner and I never dress the pad backs with anything.
Specifically, I would never fit new pads without ensuring the pistons are clean and free.
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Default Re: Rear pad replacement - Wheel On or Off

No need to remove the wheel, you have to remove the calipers to pull the wheel, once that is done pulling the wheel adds no more access. So pull the calipers at most, even that is not required if you are not going to clean.
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Considering the wheels come off every 7-8k miles for new tires and its easy check and replace the pads and clean the calipers at that time...I would say that yes, I do remove the wheels.
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When I'm just replacing brake pads, I leave the rear wheel on as it is easier.

When I'm also replacing the rear tire, I'll check and replace the rear pads (if necessary) and inspect and clean the rear caliper then.
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I don't remove the wheel or the caliper if only replacing the pads. I use some large pipe cleaner type brushes and some brake cleaner spray to clean the piston before pushing them back.
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I don't remove the wheel or the caliper if only replacing the pads. I use some large pipe cleaner type brushes and some brake cleaner spray to clean the piston before pushing them back.
Me too. Pad replacement and/or brake service and tyre replacement often do not coincide.
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