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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old 12-01-2015, 09:25 AM Thread Starter
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Changing brake pads... first time for me

So, I am going to change the front and rear pads on my nomad 1600 (2006) in a week or 2... this is what I have for info... looking for any advice from the pro's

1. remove calipers, remove hairpin, take out old pads
2. spray brake clean on calipers, wipe clean
3. put a bit of brake quiet on the rear of the pad that goes against the cylinder piston (I think thats what it's called)
4. put some high-temp caliper grease on something...(not sure where to put the grease... on the pin?)
5. A video I saw showed the guy putting some anti-seize gel somewhere in there too... is this necessary? recommended?
6. put new pads in, replace pin, and attach caliper to bike.

I can only assume the rear brakes are the exact same procedure?

Thanks...
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1. Check aerosol brake clean label. Some are not recommended to come in contact with rubber components. (dust boots, for one)
2. Only brake approved greases and lubes to touch ANY brake component, no matter what or where.
3. When you push the pistons back in, open caliper bleeder screw to expel fluid rather than push dirty fluid back up into system.
5. Flush and refill brake fluid.
4. Depending on year and mileage, the hydraulic system may need attention too.
5. Remember that there are brake specific procedures that need to be followed when working on these systems.
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ok, thanks for the pointers!
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As an add:

1. No petroleum products of any kind to come in contact with braking components.
2. Flush and fill clutch while you are at it.
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Ok thank you... follow-up Q...

I will also bleed the brake lines, they reccomend dot4 brake fluid, is this one OK -> Prestone DOT 4 Brake Fluid | Canadian Tire

Also, when they mention attach a clear hose to the bleed valve, any idea what size that hose needs to be? I dont have my bike with me, but I'd like to go buy what I need to do this at walmart or canadiantire. (looks like maybe 1/4 inch?)

bleeding clutch fluid seems to be about the same procedure as brake lines...
thx!

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