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smilingcat2011-02-14 05:13:30 +0000 #1
I've posted my woes on the brake thread. nada!!

I need to replace my brake pads on my SRAM FORCE brake. I've removed the pad with the metal casing off the brake calipers and I've removed the small metal pin that holds the pad in place. The pad is frozen in the metal casing (shell).

Any suggestion of removing the pad short of destroying the shell or having to cut the pad into pieces.

I took it back to my LBS and they couldn't get to come out.

Anything??? Pads need to be replaced and I'm not about to buy another new set of brakes!!
OakLeaf2011-02-14 05:19:09 +0000 #2
I guess what I would try is to squirt some penetrating lubricant between the pad and the shoe, let it set for a couple of hours, then put the shoe in a vise with the open end down (cushion it with blocks of wood or a towel, and clamp only tight enough to hold it), and use a punch and soft hammer to try to knock the pad out.

If you use any lubricant, make sure you clean the shoe thoroughly with brake cleaner or soap and water before installing the new pad.

Also, there will probably be residue from the old brake pad on the inside of the shoe. Take that off with Scotch-Brite and brake cleaner, or if you use a petroleum-based solvent, again make sure you clean it off completely.
Zen2011-02-14 05:32:54 +0000 #3
I read that as wenches and thought this was going to be about pirates.

I'm sorry I can't help.
lph2011-02-14 06:10:40 +0000 #4
Can you insert anything behind the brake pad or is the entire surface frozen to the clamp? I've had a couple of stuck pads, but I've been able to get them out by either working something with a sharpish point into the pad material and just pushing (or hammering on the end of the handle) or by using a screwdriver as a lever between the pad and the back of the clamp.

A picture might be useful.



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