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    New question here. Is Front disc brake drag normal?

    So being new to hydraulic brakes or even disc brakes for that matter Iwas curious about something. My front disc seems to drag on the inside pad. Its not major but when you spin the front wheel you can hear it slightly dragging on the pad. I took a look and it appears to be the inside pad (closest to hub). I checked and it dosnt seem to have any adjustments.
    FYI the brakes are Tektro Auriga Comp.

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    There are two bolts...one above and one below the caliper. Loosen these bolts to adjust side to side of the caliper. The easiest way is to loosen the bolts enough for the caliper to move freely side to side (but no excess play), squeeze brake lever several times, holding it the last time, and tighten the bolts before releasing the lever. This will usually center the caliper...or at least get it close.

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    not normal... brakes are always adjustable.

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    hhmm I was able to center it but its still dragging, possible its just a design flaw? Thanks for your help though, I'll add this to my mental rolodex.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonhead08
    hhmm I was able to center it but its still dragging, possible its just a design flaw? Thanks for your help though, I'll add this to my mental rolodex.
    sometimes you have to move it by hand to get it just right

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    I found that adjusting discs are really ez, but it becomes impossible if your rotor is not true. Check if this is the real problem.

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    I actually considered that. I suppose to bring it in next week for post break in adjustments so I'll have them check it then.

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    You may have a sticky piston or the axle may be moving around in the dropouts.

    It may also be a single side piston caliper that will require the fixed side to be adjusted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dragonhead08
    hhmm I was able to center it but its still dragging, possible its just a design flaw? Thanks for your help though, I'll add this to my mental rolodex.
    try the same thing that mtbiker72 advised but put a business card between the pad and the rotor (put it on the side u think is rubbing)...so loosen the bolts, put a business card in, squeeze the levers a few times, squeeze and hold the lever, tighten the bolts while still squeezing the lever, then remove the card.....

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