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    Disk brake rubbing against pads

    After riding around today and coming back home, i was taking the bike out of my car. I have to take the front tire off in order for it to fit. I put the tire back on the fork and spun it and i noticed a swish noise, and i saw that the brakes were rubbing against the pads. They arent rubbbing during the whole rotation but at certain times they rub. I tried messing with the quick release lever and the knob on the other side but now it rubs more!!!

    So i was wondering if there is a certain way i should go about fine tuning the wheel so that it doesnt rub.

    By the way, the bike is a Iron Horse Desperado DS, the brake pad housing says Tektro 0H, and the disk itself says Tektro on it. The fork is a Suntour xct, if that helps.

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    I had the same exact problem yesterday. It drove me crazy during my ride. It was squeeking like hell and made my Diamonback XLS Trail sounds like a $99 bike from WallyMart. I fliped my bike over and fooled around it for a while when I got home. On my disk brakes there are adjustments on each side that will move the brake pads in and out. I move it out slightly and now there is no more squeeking sound.

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    Your rotor may be a bit out of true as well if its only rubbing in certain spots of the rotation. to check this spin the wheel and see if the amount of day light on each side of the rotor between the pads changes during the rotation. If it wasnt rubbing at the end of the ride and the rotor happens to be a bit out of true odds are you can be finiky and get it working without rubbing. first thing I would try is to again take the bikes front wheel off loosen up the quick release ALOT so you know its not interfering with the axles ability to sit flush in the fork then tighten it down and see if it still rubs. If its still rubbing try and find out what side it is rubbing on and if there is any way on your brake to adjust the in/out movement of that pad.
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    Yeah, i just got back from doing some more twisting and turning and i saw that the i could loosen the pads a bit more so that it would be a bit further back then before but with enough power to stop the disk. So i did that and played with the lever on the wheel and FORTUNATELY its fixed now. NO MORE RUBBING!!!!

    I thought i would have to take it in but good thing i kept fidling with it.

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    Second what Eric said about the rotor if it's only rubbing in areas.

    The problem with tweaking the spacing of the pads is if you have to do it often, you'll be changing the distance the brakes have to close to grip the rotor... which can make them squishier or grippier in relation to pulling on the brake lever. My front disc brake does that all of the time when I take the front wheel off. I don't have a rack, so I just take the front wheel off to put the bike in the back of my CR-V. It seems like every time I take it off, it recenters just a bit differently when I put it back on, causing the pad on one side or the other to rub against the rotor. I can only adjust one side, so playing with that may not always work for me. What I do is just loosen the two screws that hold the whole brake mounting on the bike and recenter it around the rotor so there's just a little space on either side. Then I tighten the screws back down and I'm good to go.

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