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View Poll Results: Do you clean the piston(s) and seal(s) area when changing pads
Every time pads are installed 11 47.83%
Most times pads are installed 3 13.04%
On occation 6 26.09%
I have not cleaned the piston/seal area 3 13.04%
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Old September 15th, 2014   #1
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Default Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

I guess this needs to be very carefully worded and very specific as to the question.


Do You thoroughly clean the piston (s) and seal (s) area each time you install brake pads?
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Old September 15th, 2014   #2
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

if the area is fairly clean, leave it alone lest I do some damage
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Old September 15th, 2014   #3
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

I inspect and, if needed, I clean.

I have not rebuilt them and probably would have the shop do that if it was needed.
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

I put on occasion.
However I do spend more time/diligence on the front ones as they are the proper stoppers.
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

Absolutely. Every time. With brake fluid.
And Never Sleeze the caliper bolts.
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

Every 100,000 miles when I change the brake pads whether they need it or not I give the calipers a good looking over.

Never had a problem.
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

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Every 100,000 miles when I change the brake pads whether they need it or not I give the calipers a good looking over.

Never had a problem.
100,000 miles
Surely you jest.

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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

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I guess this needs to be very carefully worded and very specific as to the question.


Do You thoroughly clean the piston (s) and seal (s) area each time you install brake pads?
Yes and no brake piston on ST should be push back in before the cleaning .

Ii is a verry bad thing to have dirt or brake dust in piston seals

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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

Once in a while I clean the caliper pistons but usually I just replace the pads. Piston seals are tougher than many people realize. IIRC twice in 145,000 miles I undertook a proper cleaning and regreasing of the calipers of my ST.
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Default Re: Do you clean the caliper pistons each time pads are installed

I've only replaced the front pads.
Brushed around the seals, to clean the crud away.
Inspected the rear.

Then I apparently used a torch to clean the rear hose and caliper (aka ride induced fire).
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