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    Squeezed Lever with Tire Off

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    Somehow compressed my brake lever on my bike and now the pads are squeezed too tight to fit the rotor back in. Brakes are XT. Is this somethig I can fix or am I LBS bound? Love to be more self sufficient but brakes have me terrified. So any good recomendations on vids or sites about brake maintenance appreciated.
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    Remove the brake pads and spring, and gently press the pistons back into their bore. There will be some resistance, but they will push back. Usually a plastic tire lever works well for this.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Jordya
    Hi-
    Somehow compressed my brake lever on my bike and now the pads are squeezed too tight to fit the rotor back in. Brakes are XT. Is this somethig I can fix or am I LBS bound? Love to be more self sufficient but brakes have me terrified. So any good recomendations on vids or sites about brake maintenance appreciated.
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    Jordy
    I just stick something wide and flat (and not sharp) between the pads and pry them open.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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    yes do what ▲↑↑↑▲ say.....
    I took the brake apart and then pushed the pistons in....
    and got brake fluid all over myself...then i had to take it to the shop to get the brakes bled.
    so if u can get a tool to fit in between the pads or piston... do it ur self.... its a 5 minute job

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    Quote Originally Posted by in the trees
    Remove the brake pads and spring, and gently press the pistons back into their bore. There will be some resistance, but they will push back. Usually a plastic tire lever works well for this.
    If he really grabbed it, then he probably wont be able to get the pads out.



    Flathead screwdriver for the win.

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    Quote Originally Posted by kanyewesttx
    its a 5 minute job
    Yes, and that is allowing for 4-1/2 minutes finding the tool.
    15mm is a second-best solution to a problem that was already solved.

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