It's important to always keep an eye on the wear of the sideburns, especially after you've run many kilometers.
Note the tweezers from above #
The quickest way to tell if your pad is still in order is to look at the caliper from above. From this angle, checking how much friction material is still available to be used up may not be a very reliable method with more used pads.
This happens because, in some cases, the brake caliper is not perfectly aligned with the disc, which can cause irregular wear on the gum. In this case, the metal part of the pad can start touching the disc without you noticing it, causing lack of brake and damage to the disc.
For this reason, it is often worth taking the insert out and taking a look at it, a process that is usually quite simple.
Take out the insert and take a look at it #
YOURE GONNA NEED IT:
? 5 mm allen wrench
? nose pliers
For the example below, we used a JAK brake caliper equipped with Jl-01D pads. In this case, the process is very simple, but even in other brands the work is very similar.
- Loosen the screw or cotter pin that holds the brake pad;
- Grasp both pads at the same time and pull them out, but pay attention to how the assembly is assembled. Some inserts are right-sided and many have a press-clamp;
- Note how much material is on the insert and that it has not been damaged in any way. The tablet cannot be less than 1 mm thick;
Example worn tablet:
- In case it is necessary to make the change, you will find a large selection of pads for all types of brakes in our E-commerce. Also, it's worth checking which insert is compatible with your caliper;
- After checking your insert, replace the “cotter pin” and open the end so that it does not pass through the hole again;
- Hit the brake a few times to make sure everything is right.
It is very important to remember that the front and rear pads will wear out at different times. Mainly depending on the terrain you ride, the material of the pads and above all, your riding technique.