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    Oil on brake pads - clean them? Trash them?

    Installed new Hope Mini Motos on my bike, did a ride, and my fork blew out and oil went all over my front wheel including my new brake disc and pads.

    Can I clean them with something? Automotive brake cleaner? Citrus chain cleaner? Simple green? Or do I need new pads?

    The front brakes did NOT work after getting sprayed. Lots of lever pressure, very little bite.

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    Try the brake cleaner. It worked on mine when I got a little brake fluid on 'em.
    No moss...

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    Easiest thing to do is soak'em in alchohol and light'em with a Bic. Some say brake cleaner and a torch work better but do you already have those things?

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    I've torched mine, and then sanded them down... They worked OK after that so I just threw them in my pack as backup pads (and used a new set)...

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    I would replace them.

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    Bummer

    I got fork oil on mine, and they were never the same even with brake cleaner and sanding. Never tried cooking them. New ones work great.

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    thanks for the ideas. I'm rebuilding the fork tonight and will try some brake cleaner followed by a torch. If that doesn't work, I might soak them in water and see if free oil floats to the top and that would tell me that I didn't get it all.

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    What exactly does setting the pads on fire do... (besides the fun factor)?

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    burns off any surface oil and the alcohol

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    You can get most of the oil off the rotor and pads with brake cleaner, but the way to get all the oil off is to burn it off with a torch. Alcohol doesn't burn hot enough. Works great on the rotor and sintered metallic pads, not so great on semi-metallic pads.

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    I tried buring off oil from Hayes pads. stuck them in the fireplace until the copper glowed and the flames stopped. They seem to work ok... but the material seems much more delicate now. I expected them to disintegrate on the first ride, but they've been ok with very limited use... wouldnt depend on them or put them in the front.

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    oven

    put them in your oven set at 400 for 20 minutes. seriously.

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