Can oil-soaked brake pads be saved?


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Can oil-soaked brake pads be saved?

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Has anyone had success getting fork oil out of brake pads?
Both front fork seals gave up the ghost on my last long ride out of state. I will be replacing the fork seals soon.
The oil ran down the forks and got onto the pads. Unfortunately these pads were quite new but they're definitely being affected by the oil now.
I was wondering if it would be effective to soak them in brake cleaner or some other solvent to get the fork oil out of them. The rotors will need to be cleaned too, of course.


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Re: Can oil-soaked brake pads be saved?

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Brake pads are not THAT expensive and are practically no extra labor when doing the seals. But in a pinch, they might be saved, depending on how "soaked" they are. I have used brake cleaner or straight alcohol to carefully clean them. Obviously, outside and away from sparks or flames. Then scuff the glaze off with some 160 sandpaper. Same as you would if they hadn't been oiled, just more attention and time working on cleaning them.

First choice would be new. You could perhaps clean the old ones and leave them in a drawer in case of a sudden need; in which case you'll forget where you put them. :D

BTW, highly recommend OEM seals and bushings. Too much work getting there to not spend the extra couple bucks.
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Re: Can oil-soaked brake pads be saved?

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"and leave them in a drawer in case of a sudden need; in which case you'll forget where you put them" <<<< YES! How did you know? LOL

I did already buy all of the parts to replace the fork seals including new bushings. All Honda parts. Just waiting for the motivation to start the job. :roll:
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I use the excuse "waiting for snow," but I don't think that would be the best plan in Phoenix.
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Re: Can oil-soaked brake pads be saved?

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Short answer, NO.
Long answer, just not worth the risk. Oil could break down the bonding and brake failures are never fun.
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Re: Can oil-soaked brake pads be saved?

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Oil on pads affects stopping distance, and can cause noise. Even if cleaned, oil will still weep out of the pads over time. Replace the pads and be sure to degrease and clean the rotors well. Here we'll put them in a solvent tank and run a round brush in an out of all the holes. Then they get wash in Dawn and rinsed well before reinstalling.

Every thing else gets a good cleaning too. Sometimes forks leak so bad that they'll be fork oil behind the lower center cowl, which, unless the engine is removed, can only be cleaned so well. For that well use cans of Brake Clean (red can), and/or pressurized cleaning solvent. Because fork oil can be such a mess, and cleaning it from other parts is labor intensive, it can quickly double the cost of a fork repair. Be sure to degrease/clean all plastic too.

Be sure to inspect any rubber having to do with your brake calipers. Fork oil causes rubber to swell, and rubber brake parts are not made for that property, and will greatly swell causeing other brake issues. Any rubber swollen parts will need replaced too.


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