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    Help! cant seperate pads

    soo.. i've probably done the most noobish thing of my life and am having a real facepalm moment.. i have juicy 3's and noticed they werent aligned very well and were squeaking a bit. so i took the front wheel off and squeezed the brakes about 5 times... and now i cant get my wheel on cause the pads are almost shut tight!.. how do i get them apart so i can get my wheel on??

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    Wiggle a thin screwdriver between them just dont stab your hand.
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    Your calipers probably pushed out. Yeah, get something in there to pry them apart and if you can get them apart reset the pistons, just NOT with something sharp.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    "Your calipers probably pushed out."

    The calipers hold the pistons; it's the pistons which have moved out of the caliper and pressed the pads together.

    A sharp tool is exactly what you need. Trying to force a blunt tool in between the pads will most likely cause more damage. try sliding the sharp edge of a knife betwen the pads then pressing it in until it starts to open them up. Once you have enough room, you can use something a little sturdier to open them right back.
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    phew.. saved my life. used a flathead screwdriver. thanks!

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    Quote Originally Posted by SteveUK
    "Your calipers probably pushed out."

    The calipers hold the pistons; it's the pistons which have moved out of the caliper and pressed the pads together.

    A sharp tool is exactly what you need. Trying to force a blunt tool in between the pads will most likely cause more damage. try sliding the sharp edge of a knife betwen the pads then pressing it in until it starts to open them up. Once you have enough room, you can use something a little sturdier to open them right back.
    Yeah. my bad. Having one of my daily brain farts.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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    Quote Originally Posted by quick_2
    phew.. saved my life. used a flathead screwdriver. thanks!
    Good job
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    Quote Originally Posted by mountain_bomber156
    just NOT with something sharp.
    Eh? Knives do less damage to your pads if they're really close to each other.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vk45de
    Eh? Knives do less damage to your pads if they're really close to each other.
    Just dont slip.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dogonfr
    Just dont slip.
    It's one of the less dangerous things I do with sharp objects. Just practice common sense and don't hold the caliper... hold the fork or seatpost while stabbing it and you won't stab yourself.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vk45de
    Eh? Knives do less damage to your pads if they're really close to each other.
    I know. It's because of the danger aspect of stabbing yourself that I said that.
    And, the fact that it could damage your pistons if you slip up.
    Good luck with that, mister 300-Mile Turn Radius.

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