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  1. #1
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    May 2006

    can't put my rear wheel back on...

    I removed my rear wheel to clean my bike and install a new chain after 1 year hiatus from biking (injury related). But i was unable to put my rear wheel back on, due to the fact that both pistons on the my avid Juicy 7's are now almost touching.

    Any suggestions on how to fix this? Do I have to rebleed the brake?

    thanks in advance

  2. #2
    Lionel Hutz, Esq.
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    Mar 2007
    Get a clean flathead screwdriver. Work it between the pads and carefully pry them apart. This is normally the result of the brake lever being squeezed while there isn't anything between the pads. In the future, wedge something 1/8" between the pads when you take the wheel out. All brakes come with a wedge like this. You could easily make one or go to the LBS and get one - or at least get an idea of what you need to make.

    Wouldn't be a bad idea to just take the problem to the LBS and ask them to fix it. They probably won't charge you and you could watch so you know what to do next time. Wouldn't hurt to buy something while you're there as a sign of goodwill since they'd be doing you a favor.
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  3. #3
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    Nov 2007
    Use something like a butter knife to insert between the pads. You might chip the brake pad if you use a screw driver.

    No rebleading should be necessary. Just check the resevoir to make sure the fluid is at the correct level after the pads are back to there normal position

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