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Old 4th June 2009
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Aim a flashlight in there, and look between the pad's backing plate and the disc. You'll see a smaller, thin bit of material in there. You can eyeball .04" OK; if in doubt, you can pull the pads out for a look, then measure with a caliper. If they're fine, and you don't like the squeaking, there are a couple products out there to stop it. One is a high-temp sticky stuff, the other is high-temp brake grease. Both form a tiny cushion between the caliper piston and the pad.

I have 16K on my originals; they look to be 1/2 gone, maybe more. I'm a gentle braker who rides mainly in the country.
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