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post #1 of 94 (permalink) Old 06-03-2008, 07:53 AM Thread Starter
 
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Hey guys... Another horribly basic question for you. What does it mean when your front brake squeeks some when you pull it? It's not real loud but I'm not sure if that's like a sign that they need to be replaced (already)?
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Brakes should last a loooooong time on bikes with just street use. Early last year my front brakes started squeaking on me a little bit. I kinda let it go for a while and it went away. But if your bike has a lot of miles, it could mean you need to get some new brakes.

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You can look at the brake pad and tell if it needs to be replaced, but you might have to take it out of the caliper. If there is pad left above the metal plate on which it sits you can continue to use it. The thinner it is the closer to replacing it you've come.

Car pads have a metal "hook" that gives you an audible warning but I've not seen that on bike pads.

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Is around 1,900 miles considered a lot? I don't know how to take that kind of stuff apart and look at it unfortunately, so I would have to go to the damn dealer (which sucks). But I like the idea of doing nothing and hoping it will go away... Maybe that'll work? Thanks for the help!
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1900 miles is nothing. You've got a ways to go before you need to worry about brakes.

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1900 miles is nothing. You've got a ways to go before you need to worry about brakes.
Do you think there could be something stuck in there, like a rock or something? Don't laugh if that's a stupid question (I really don't know shit).

I'm just worried because I just had to drop $800 on car repairs yesterday because of a small problem that I let go for too long (which ended up f-ing up more stuff). I don't want to neglect the bike like that.
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No, not likely. You could give the bike a nice wash and go over the caliper with a clean cloth. 1900 is nothing so if your pads were new when you got it those are a non-issue.

No grooves in the rotor surface, right? In case you don't already know, the rotor is the large doughnut thing that the pads squeeze onto to slow the bike. Don't take that the wrong way if you already knew that.

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No grooves in the rotor surface, right? In case you don't already know, the rotor is the large doughnut thing that the pads squeeze onto to slow the bike. Don't take that the wrong way if you already knew that.
I'll have to go look in a minute, I'm not sure. But yeah, I know what a rotor is but I totally don't mind you guys spelling it out for me either, trust me.

That's actually part of what I just messed up on my damn car. Hey, while we're on it... $800 bucks for one wheel hub, one new rotor and rear brakes a normal price? J/W
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Hey, while we're on it... $800 bucks for one wheel hub, one new rotor and rear brakes a normal price? J/W
Yeah. It's a Ferrari, right?

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Hey, while we're on it... $800 bucks for one wheel hub, one new rotor and rear brakes a normal price? J/W


A hub assembly? How old was the car? I replaced mine at ~160k miles, for example. They are expensive (~$100-150 ea from a supplier) but easy to install, esp if you're already doing a brake job. Brake pads actually cost ~$50 for one set (all the fronts or all the rears). Rotors run $30-50 each. All those are uninstalled costs. No idea what the prevailing stealership rates are, sorry.

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