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Ok guys and gals I made a rather rookie mistake when cleaning my bike the other day. After washing it down I went into my normal lubing routine but forgot a step. I lubed the stantions of my fork to coat them well but I forgot to wipe off the excess lube. When the fork compressed the lube built up around the wipers and dripped down the fork getting lube into my brake pad and rotor. I rode the bike around for a while doing some starting stopping sprints (like you would to break in new pads) and Ive gotten the brake back to about 75% power. I was wondering if it is possible to get the brake back to full power with just use or are new pads needed. Also if I soaked the pads overnight and cleaned the rotor with degreaser/ rubbing alcohol would that help? The brakes are Hayes MX-2 HD Mech Discs with 8" rotors.

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Eric
 

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Couple thoughts

First off, don't introduce any more liquids, including a degreaser, to the pads. Wipe the rotors down with a clean cloth, then with rubbing alcohol. That should take care of the rotors. The oil in the pads might be able to be burnt off very carefully with an open flame. I believe there are other heat based methods to burn off the oil, but none come to mind at the moment. Once you've extracted the oil from the pads, a light sanding might help, too. Other than that, you'll need to buy new pads.

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i have baked them in a toaster oven that i dont use for food but did it at 350 for 1 hour and then sanded the pads and they were fine. i still would buy new pads but you can bake them out and ride them a few times to make sure all is good.
 
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