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Handbrake lubrication

PostPost by: Robbie693 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:56 am

Hello,

What does everyone use for lubricating the handbrake pad pins? The manual mentions Girling brake grease or something like that, is that the red rubber stuff or something else?

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PostPost by: Jason1 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 12:19 pm

Hi

I would not lub the pad pins with grease as it will collect dust and could contaminate the pads.
The handbrake mech pivot pins are the most important to keep lubed, I use WD40 sparingly and try to keep away from the friction material.

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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:20 pm

A very light smear of copperslip is what I use. Don't overdo it and it will be fine...

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 9:55 pm

Thanks guys,

I found some of the pivots to be a bit stiff so I did as Jason suggested and freed with WD40. Then I worried that i'd washed out any existing lubrication so I applied some lithium spray grease with my finger, worked the pivots, then wiped off the exposed parts including the pivot pins. Seem to be nice and loose now. I used copperslip on the centralising strip bolts and a bit of Moly grease on the rod ends where they attach to the caliper. Basically I tried to keep anything that might drip/melt or whatever away from the new friction material and disks.

Hopefully no one will come along and say 'Oh No! You didn't do that did you?!' (though I'd rather know I'd made a mistake than not!) :D

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PostPost by: alexblack13 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 10:34 pm

That will be fine Robbie. Don't worry! Copper slip won't melt on you though.

No worries. just don't overdo it and be carefull where you spray the old WD... :shock:

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PostPost by: Robbie693 » Fri Aug 05, 2011 11:56 pm

alexblack13 wrote:That will be fine Robbie. Don't worry! Copper slip won't melt on you though.

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Thanks Alex, I'm glad to hear it!

Now just got to pass the MOT

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