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July 19, 2004, 09:53 AM

OK mechanics and equipment gurus here's a question

under hard braking....T1 and T5 at Summit Main, my brakes squeal like a piggy. (da da dum dum...dum dum..dum dum...da)

but on the street, where hard braking is a rarity my brakes seem fine.

how can u tell when u need to change out your pads? At Cornerspeed tech inspection, the inspector said I have the easiest pads to check. but when I look at them all I see is Tokico.

suggestions? comments(other then to tell me I'm a wanker of a mechanic), advice?


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July 20, 2004, 05:01 PM

If the pad is 50% used, it's almost time for them to be replaced. Some brake pads have a groove down the middle. The groove is 1/2 the pad material depth, so if you can't see the groove, the brake pad is due for replacement.

I don't know the Kawasaki ZX-6R calipers specifically. There should be spring loaded retaining pins or plates that hold the brake pads in place. The retainers also absorb some of the pad vibration under braking. Any vibration not absorbed is heard as a high pitched squeal.

You can also get a squeal if the brake pads are worn out and you're rubbing metal to the rotors. However, you'd hear squealing under any braking.

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July 27, 2004, 01:32 PM

Not to jack the thread, but I've developed a huge case of the squeals on my rear brakes recently too. I use the rear brake heavily, so I don't think its a matter of wearing the pads in. Also, only have 600 miles on the bike, so the pads aren't worn out. Any ideas on the cause and how to stop the ear-splitting noise?
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