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    Brake Noise and break pads

    I recently purchased a used 2011 Raleigh Talus 4.0.

    My rear wheel/disc makes a squeaking or moaning type sound. My brake handle that goes to my rear brake is loose and it takes a lot of squeezing to engage the rear brake.

    I had a friend tell me the noise is probably because I need new brake pads. Is this what's making the noise? Will any 72mm pads work for a replacement( Tektro Novela Mechanical Disc, 160mm Rotors). And will this fix the amount of movement it takes to engage the rear brake.

    Any help is appreciated.

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    what type of brakes do you have?
    take the pads out and look at them, are they used up?
    pictures would help us help you.

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    I'd start by tuning them. The Novela may have a barrel adjuster - I forget. It has a big set screw on the inboard side. And your brake lever should have a barrel adjuster. Sight through the brake caliper, along the rotor. Hold a piece of white paper on the other side if it helps. You can use the barrel adjuster and set screw to adjust the inboard and outboard brake pads, respectively. You want the pads as close as possible without rubbing.

    If the brake pads aren't worn out but you need to readjust the position of your caliper, find the instructions for the SRAM/Avid BB7 on their web site - they're pretty universal to mechanical disc brakes.

    If your rotor's warped, sorry, they do that. You can fix it if you like but IME it's a waste of time unless it's really bad.
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