How do you replace the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter?
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 1
Fitting brake pads is relatively easy and can be done by anyone with a basic mechanical knowledge. With lots of different styles of brake calipers on the market we will show you the most common type. Just be aware that this guide may not be 100% accurate for your exact model but the principles will be very similar.
You need to start by removing the brake calliper. Most mopeds and scooters have two hex bolts holding the caliper either onto the fork leg for front brakes or to the crankcase swing arm on rear brakes.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 2
If you undo these two bolts you will see that the brake caliper literally just slides off the disc allowing you to hold it in your hand.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 3
Before removing the old pads you will need to compress the piston back into its start position which will give you the most room to work with, this will become more important when the caliper is being reinstalled.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 4
*IMPORTANT* before proceeding remove the lid from the brake fluid tank, this will prevent pressure from building which will stop fluid squirting out of any over flow drain
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 5
So to compress the pistons in the caliper lever the pads against each other, most people will make good use of whatever they have around them at the time whether it be a large screw driver or spanner, just be careful not to damage anything. Just place it between the two pads where the disc went and lever the piston back in slowly.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 6
The majority of pads are held in either by one or two pins that go through one side of the brake caliper through the pads and then back into the other side of the brake caliper. Some pins have a thread on them and can be unscrewed with an Allen key where as other have a small retaining clip on the end and once removed can be tapped out. Whichever type you have you should be able to work them out pretty easily.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 7
Once the pads are out you will see a silver or bronze looking spring clip that sits between the pads and the calliper. You need to take note of the way this goes or leave it in place. If your caliper is extremely dirty then clean it with some brake cleaner. Now you should be ready to fit your new pads into the caliper.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 8
Using a small amount of copper grease carefully apply it to the metal back plate of each pad before putting them into place.
Replacing the brake pads on your Moped or Scooter step 9
Whilst holding the pads in place push them up against the spring clip and line them up with the hole for the pin to go through. Put the pin or pins back in securing them either with the retaining clip or an Allen key dependant on your caliper. Slide the caliper back into position on the bike making sure that the disc goes between the two brake pads.
Once you are happy everything is as it should be then refit the caliper making sure the bolts are tight. Give your brake lever a few pulls; this will force the caliper piston to move back into position, once returned the lever will feel like normal. It is important that for the first 100 miles or so you try to avoid lots of heavy repeated braking to allow the pads to bed in properly although this can differ depending on what brake pad is being used.