I have recently bought my first disk brake bike and after having the first ride, I noticed a slight rear disk brake rubbing noise. So, next day I decided to have a look and reposition the brake. Since, I've never dealt with disk brakes before I've unscrewed every possible screw and started "experimenting". (Yeah, very stupid of me). Eventually, I didn't manage to fix the noise and left the brakes lightly screwed when returning home. On the ride I tried to pull the rear break lever several times to check if I can still stop on such loose brakes. But after several tries the break lever became quite loose and lost pressure. When arrived I noticed oil everywhere... Can I fix it somehow?

enter image description here enter image description here

  • Yeah, just watched through the videos on bleeding and burping the air. Looks like my case. Thanks!
    – minerals
    Jul 20, 2018 at 12:50
  • 3
    @minerals some brake fluids are quite corrosive, so it would be a good idea to give the area a wash to avoid possible paintwork damage
    – Andy P
    Jul 20, 2018 at 13:56
  • 2
    Also, clean any fluid off the tyre (cc @AndyP). Jul 20, 2018 at 14:04
  • 1
    There's no shame in getting a bike shop to fix this for you. There'll be a cost of course, but that's better than riding a crippled and unsafe bike.
    – Criggie
    Jul 20, 2018 at 23:59

2 Answers 2


The liquid in the top photo is hydraulic fluid.

You probably unscrewed the bleed port screw at some point and now your system has less fluid than it needs and also air.

Seek a tutorial using your preferred search engine "bleed tektro brakes" on how to bleed your brakes and follow it.

When you have done that you need to check two more things.

  1. There's no fluid on the pads.
  2. There's no fluid on the rotors.

You'll know either of these things if after a successful bleed theres no braking power/friction even with the brakes jammed on hard.

Clean rotors with isopropyl alcohol (not meths or petrol) and clean paper towels. Really bad contamination might require sanding the rotor with fine grain sandpaper too. Try isopropyl first.

Contaminated pads should be replaced or if you cant afford to there's a hack which you really shouldn't do.

Dont do this. High likelihood of destroying pads anyway

  • Ventilate well. Wear something over your eyes.
  • Place pads metal side down on a cold stove top element and then turn on the element.
  • Wait for the element to heat up and the fluid will start burning off too.
  • Once the fluid has burnt off (smoke stops) remove pads from element immediately with a tool. This will be in the order of less than 60 seconds.
  • If a pad gets too hot it will crack and need to be thrown away. Don't turn the element on too hot.
  • Allow pads to cool naturally. Clean pads with isopropyl.

Not a specific answer but I feel I have to write this.

So I guess you already realize, but disabling one of your bike's brakes and continuing to ride is a seriously bad idea that could result in injury or death.

Apart from allowing the hydraulic fluid to leak out - which was bad enough, loosening the mounting bolts could have resulted in sudden catastrophic failure that could have damaged the rotor, caliper or frame.

I suggest you have a bike repair shop sort this out for you to make sure the repairs are done properly.

  • 1
    Agreed - Brakes are the most important mechanical component on a bike. The other equal importance is an alert and aware rider.
    – Criggie
    Jul 20, 2018 at 23:58

Your Answer

By clicking “Post Your Answer”, you agree to our terms of service and acknowledge you have read our privacy policy.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.