Disc brakes maintenance is very important. You wouldn’t want your brakes to fail especially during an emergency. So, keep them in great shape with these disc brakes maintenance tips and guidelines:
- Be sure that the rotors are true. Spin your wheel and watch for wobbles. If the rotor clears the caliper and pads, most likely, the bend is not worth straightening. If you see a warp, straighten with an adjustable wrench. To do this, clamp the wrench along the rotor and bend toward true. See to it that everything the rotor touches is clean. Avoid getting any grease there, as grease reduces grippiness.
- If you hear a squealing sound as you pedal, something is probably loose. Inspect all bolts holding the rotor on, as well as the adapter bolts (if your bicycle is fitted with one) and caliper bolts.
- If nothing is loose, the pads and the rotor should be cleaned. Refer to your manual before starting, as some rotors and pads can be degraded by certain types of cleaners.
- If one lever pulls back farther than the other, equal out the travel by dialing the lever screws in or out. If this does not work, get your bicycle to the shop to bleed the hydraulic fluid.
- Check the hydraulic system for any leak. Check the calipers, levers, and along the housing. If your system is leaky, take it to a bike shop.
More Disc Brakes Maintenance Tips:
- Check your rotor for looseness or trueness before each ride.
- Check level travel before each ride.
- Check your entire hydraulic system for leaks once a week.