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Any way to get oil out of brake pads?

XdtesZombie2010-06-30 22:26:24 +0000 #1
So I blew a fork seal and am getting it fixed next week and figured I would get some race tech springs put in at the same time.

Until then one of my forks is leaking and getting oil on one of the pads and rotor.

I suppose I could just get some new pads but these ones are almost new.

So I was wondering if anyone had a really good trick to get the oil out of these ones?
syncro2010-06-30 22:36:27 +0000 #2
propane torch might allow you to burn it off. you could also try the oven as well if you want. soak em overnight in brake cleaner first then hit them with the torch - just don't torch the pads in a bowl full of brake cleaner. pad them dry first, then outside with the torch. it's saved me a couple times on the mtn bike but it may or may not work for you.

and this goes without saying, do so at your own risk.
grey ghost2010-06-30 23:04:06 +0000 #3
I wouldn't try it, pads are cheap, just get some new ones. I doubt they'd ever be the same even if you were able to get most of the oil out (which is unlikely if it has soaked into the friction material).
243Pete2010-06-30 23:18:59 +0000 #4
Best to just replace them... after all brake failure is something that no one should ever experience.
TechyIam2010-06-30 23:51:55 +0000 #5
No flames please. (ie. what are the temperatures of a flame?)

Clean both pads and rotor with Simple Green thoroughly.

Be warn that if you go riding when the pads and rotor are still wet, you mostly likely will have dramatic reduction in braking power. So, it may be wise to wait for them to dry (and start off riding at low speeds until they are completely dry, and prepared for the needed longer braking distances), and never forget that you still have the rear brakes. As always, test your brakes before you depend on them.

Braking power will gradually return, especially with more than one application. After the initial thorough cleaning, subsequent applications merely entail spraying Simple Green on the rotor section by section via rotating the front wheel until the whole rotor is sprayed. Then wipe the rotor dry. Repeat the previous two steps until wiped white tissues come out practically white. In fact, more often than not, braking power can be improved to the extent beyond what they were before.
Pee Wee2010-07-01 00:33:45 +0000 #6
Don't know what your time is worth.....but spending it cleaning pads or installing new ones. Either won't get you spending time eating hospital food.

I was really hoping this question was actually a joke, but it's not winter again is it?
PRSmechanic2010-07-01 00:30:42 +0000 #7
Replace them.

IF you torch them, you ruin them getting them that hot (glazed) anyway.

The pads soak up the oil, and cleaners remove oil from the surface only, so the oil will have to work it's way out everytime the pad gets hot. As in not work when you really need them?

Like PeeWee says, how much do you like the taste of hospital food?
gpzmitch2010-07-01 01:06:57 +0000 #8
Dump them and get some new ones, not worth the effort nor risk.



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