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    New question here. Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brake Maintanance

    hi all.
    i have Shimano Hydraulic Disc Brakes and to be honest i have never had them apart as of yet.
    need some advice on what i need to do and what pads i would need for them.
    also Require bleeding i would think so how often would this be and what fluid should i use.

    if it makes it any easier the bike is a whislt miwok 1380d
    Whistle Miwok 1380D 2013 Mountain Bike | Cycle Solutions

    thanx all
    Mick

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    I looked around to see what model Shimano brakes they are and couldn't find it. Is the model on the levers or calipers? If not, unless someone else here knows what model brakes they are, you'll need to pull the pads out and either compare them to online photos or post a photo of them here. If you take them out, be very careful not to touch the pad material or rotors with your fingers.

    As far as bleeding, if you recently got the bike and the brakes feel ok you probably won't have to bleed them for a while. No need to worry about that unless something doesn't feel right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jsilva View Post
    I looked around to see what model Shimano brakes they are and couldn't find it. Is the model on the levers or calipers? If not, unless someone else here knows what model brakes they are, you'll need to pull the pads out and either compare them to online photos or post a photo of them here. If you take them out, be very careful not to touch the pad material or rotors with your fingers.

    As far as bleeding, if you recently got the bike and the brakes feel ok you probably won't have to bleed them for a while. No need to worry about that unless something doesn't feel right.

    As far as I'm aware - theyre Shimano M395 hydraulics - though it doesn't mention the model number anywhere on them :-)

    They appear to be Shimano's budget kit.

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    Here's a thread where someone asked about replacement pads for the M395:

    Shimano M395 brake pads - B01S?

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    thanx guys.
    all i can see on the hose cable is the following

    Shimano SM-BH59
    but cant see anything about pads

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    Nearly all Shimano components have the model number either printed or stamped on the components themselves.

    Look more closely at your own bike, OP. The caliper model number will be in the format BR-Mxxx and the lever BL-Mxxx.

    On some of the basic models, "Resin pad only" (ie organic) is printed on the rotor, although, some people use sintered (ie metallic) pads instead of resin pads on the understanding that it may wear down the rotor quicker and produce different braking characteristics.

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    ok, found it, and wow it was small and hard to read.

    anyway levers are shimano SLX
    Discs Have SM-RT30-S
    and resin pad only KH

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    Shimano SLX what? What about the calipers?

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    ooops my bad.

    Shimano SL-M430 Alivio Shifter
    and looks like BL-M665 , writing is really small and i think that what is has on them.

    quick pic taken so hope that helps.

    larger image here
    http://oi40.tinypic.com/2e5pcmc.jpg

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    That photo looks a lot like the M395 lever and nothing like the M665. Where is the M665 text located? I'm guessing you have the M395, but you should post a photo of the caliper (the part that squeezes the rotor) just to be sure.

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    to be honest you could be right.
    the writing is that small i cant quite make it out.

    here is the image you requested so hopefully that helps
    http://oi41.tinypic.com/4t22xz.jpg

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    Definitely looks like an M395. I say go for the B01S pads as talked about in the thread I linked to above. But don't replace them until they need it.

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    Agreed. I haven't had too much practice with that model, but my Deore 525 hydros have been in service since 2003 and the last time they had a fluid change was 2005 just for the fun of it. Unless some catastrophe happens or they feel really stoggy, the fluid should be fine. If there is a pad spring between the pads, they do sometimes have to be spread a bit to get the return force back.
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    forgot to ask were would i obtain the pads and bleeding kit for future reference.

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