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post #1 of 19 Old 07-25-2019, 01:25 PM Thread Starter
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hello My fellow VStrom Masters ,
I have oil from my oil leaking in to my rear brake pads and My rear brake does not function at all , It engages beautifully but does not stop the bike.
I am sure that there is a low of engine oil get in to it.
My replacement was around 1500 miles ago with Galfer .
I know that the safest action would be to replace them Which I am going to do.
While doing that which areas should be cleaned form oil ? when installing new pads?
are the oily brake pads useable after cleaning and what to use to clean? is burning them on flame advised?
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What's the manual state? I suspect replacing them is the safest bet... oil will absorb deeper into the pads and cleaning them won't solve this.

What's the source of the oil leak?
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1st, ensure the source of the oil has been corrected.

2nd, remove caliper and pads from caliper and clean up excess oil.

3rd, get some green or red scotch-brite and brake clean and de-glaze the rotor (see YouTube)

4th, brake clean the pads maybe even a few times.

5th, put it back together and see how they feel.

A set of pads are cheap in the US so I wouldn't hesitate to replace them but the above should be suitable until new pads arrive.
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1st, ensure the source of the oil has been corrected.

2nd, remove caliper and pads from caliper and clean up excess oil.

3rd, get some green or red scotch-brite and brake clean and de-glaze the rotor (see YouTube)

4th, brake clean the pads maybe even a few times.

5th, put it back together and see how they feel.

A set of pads are cheap in the US so I wouldn't hesitate to replace them but the above should be suitable until new pads arrive.
All this and add sanding the pads on a flat surface. Cheap fix and it usually works fine.
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You can also try to use a degresser to see if it will get the oily substance off.

Simple green or Royal Purple degresser.
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Remove the pads and use this on pads and disc once the oil leak is fixed. This product is residue free.
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Thank you all, I already bought a new one to istal , then I will clean the used one as much as I can and save it for future use.
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Thank you all, I already bought a new one to istal , then I will clean the used one as much as I can and save it for future use.
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Don't forget to clean the caliper. If you are talking about motor oil fouling the brake pads, it can have an adverse effect on the rubber boots and piston seals in caliper. Be very careful about using Brakleen on rubber parts - it will kill them. I would use something like simple green or a mild degreaser w/ a tooth brush to get rid of the oil. If by oil you mean brake fluid, nothing to worry about. In fact, when rebuilding calipers, we lube the piston w/ clean brake fluid and push it in against the rubber seal.
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how the hell do you get oil all over a rear brake caliper?
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Leaky base gasket, excess chain lube, leaky rear shock... but I'd bet rear master cylinder and/or lines and caliper.
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