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    OEM brake pads

    I did a similar bedding process on a new bicycle hydraulic disk brake per manufacturer. Specifically they recommended a number of stops from about 15 mph before trying a panic stop (or downhill braking presumably). So this sounded quite reasonable, especially considering I didn't replace the...
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    OEM brake pads

    Me too. That is a pretty fine grit, so I doubt it. Not as fine as someone might use to polish, but pretty close and it looked and felt polished which is where I stopped despite still seeing lines on the piston that looked like dirt. Not replacing the fluid (which looked new in the syringe I...
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    OEM brake pads

    The pads came early today and I successfully installed them. It did not take me 10 minutes, probably close to 2 hours all in. First timer and a lot of stuff to figure out. For example, the shop manual helpfully says to "Make sure the retainer and pad spring are installed". No pictures. Yes...
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    OEM brake pads

    From the other thread, here is what I had read about grease: As Lou said, get some grease for brakes which you can pickup at an auto parts store. Don't get the grease on the pad surface. Auto parts store will probably have it in a little packet which 1 packet will be plenty since you only need...
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    OEM brake pads

    I managed to get the pistons clean and shiny with sandpaper strips and a dental mirror. Next I got very lucky with piston retraction. I had a vague memory of picking up some free C-clamps at a rural garage sale 12 years ago (also scored a free hedge clipper that I'm still using). Rather small...
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    Looks like a good amount of rear pad left, but more than half gone. At least I can see pads unlike the front! Fronts arriving tomorrow (Friday) but late evening no doubt. So Saturday morning I'll finish I hope as I have somewhere to go. Might feel too cold with a high in the mid 70s for the next...
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    OEM brake pads

    Thanks! I'll hang on to the rears and check those out more thoroughly next week. Until the last few days, I tended to use rear brakes only for the last 50 feet before stopping.
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    OEM brake pads

    Well, darn. EBC FA140HH are the wrong pads - got at least two parts store to agree. They only tab I still have open says FA196HH. Input please?
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    OEM brake pads

    I hit metal on a 2001 PT Cruiser at about 130K. Manual transmission downshifting and early slowing got them there. What a horrible noise. This is only the second time in 50 years of owning vehicles that I have had to deal with brakes. Except bicycles and I don't use brakes a lot on those either...
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    OEM brake pads

    Indeed. I'm quitting for tonight and will resume with better morning light and fewer mosquitos. I'm extremely reluctant to push the calipers back in without a full cleaning. There could be some pitting, which to my mind is sort of OK, better than raised spots against the seals. Using some 220...
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    OEM brake pads

    Interestingly, the shop manual seems to think you can replace the pads without taking off the caliper. Crazy! Caliper came off easily, put it right back on again to get leverage on the pin head. My open ended 8mm wrench just torqued even more open slightly rounding the bolt head. Which came out...
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    OEM brake pads

    So from info from thread I linked on post #3, if correct I learned that the reservoir has some sort of a bellows arrangement to allow for fluctuations in volume. So it might be OK to leave cap on as yes, I've never touched it before. And yes, I will be wrapping towels et cetera around the...
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    OEM brake pads

    Lots of good tips here, not dissimilar from the thread I linked. There was at least one recommendation that instead of bleeding brake fluid, use a turkey baster to remove fluid from reservoir and replace with clean oil. That is supposed to dilute any water. This resonates with me because I...
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    OEM brake pads

    Thanks all! Will go ahead and change them. Actually what impressed me most was how far out the piston appeared to be. And on the inside pad there is a metal piece (shim?) very close to the disk. The backing plate is invisible to me on the bike but easy to see on the EBC new pads.
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    OEM brake pads

    Pictures below of my front pads. Looks different, no indicators. What say all?
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    Thanks Dave. Maybe I shouldn't have taken him at his word, but it just reinforced my own guess. Will check out visual indicators before changing the pads. It does seem odd to hear noise only at low speeds. Guess I have to take the pads off for clean up at a minimum anyway? Or can I ignore low...
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    Thanks but have the manual. Too slow for the recommendation, the EBCs will be here tomorrow. Probably late so I'll attempt to change them on Wednesday. What was it that bothered you about the EBCs? I stopped by a Honda shop last week as I guessed the OEM have an audible indicator. Appears to...
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    OEM brake pads

    Thanks for the search tip. Yes, some very helpful threads about brake pads. Haven't read any yet that identify OEM pad material so thanks a billion for that. For others with questions about installation, this thread has good tips on the first page.
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    OEM brake pads

    Have a 2012 NC700X, 26,000 miles and the front pads are worn out. This seems excessively fast for my riding style (slowing down before braking). Are the OEM brake pads organic? Half an hour online search here and Google failed to identify OEM pad material. Lots of buying choices with OEMs the...
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    Question Chain maintenance

    I've only replaced the chain once at 15K. Current chain is 10K and it looks like it will go to 20K. Nothing special - just random brands of spray wax lubes. I relube seldom, just when I can hear increased chain noise or actual squeaking (as I do on my bicycles). So some caveats besides random...
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