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  1. #1
    Now known as Dan Gerous
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    Feb 2004

    XT pad touches rotor

    I' m new to disc brakes and I just got a new bike with the 2004 XT hydraulic brakes. They feel great but I did notice that the rear brake when idle has the outside pad touching the rotor. The wheel still turns but not for as long as if it didn't touch.

    When looking from above the caliper, the inside piston (closest from the spokes) is flush with the caliper body while the outside appears to come out just a bit (1mm max.).

    Should I care? Or should I take off the pads, the reservoir cover and push the piston back in (if I try without taking off the reservoir cover, it just keeps coming back to it's same slightly out place). I'm kind of afraid to open that thing.

    Dr.J, now known as Dan Gerous

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    Opener Up!

    That is almost exactly what you need to do. It happend so often for me I dont even bother to the pads off, but it probably better. Just make sure you poistion the bike so it will not fall over while working on it. You will also need to reposition the brake lever to a horizontal position before opening it.

    If you download the maintenance PDF from Shimano it will tell you exactly what you need to do.

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