I am about to embark on replacing the damper pads on my 1975 A308. I've seen many of the posts re getting to them and replacing them and the associated tips, but I was wondering, if they're glued on, (and I know I need to glue the new ones on) what is the best method of removing the old pads and glue, given the tight working quarters of the bottom side of the washer? I would like to give the new pads a nice, clean, smooth, uncontaminated surface to stick to.
Manual wire brush? Scraper? Solvents? If so which ones? rotary grinder with wire brush attachment?
Never mind. Got the job done last night, The old pads were black and smooth and peeled right off (new ones were white and felt). I used CFC free brake parts cleaner and shop rags to clean the old schmutz off. I used a large flashlight and a 4x4 mirror propped up to access the rear pads that were difficult to get to from the front. I also used the 1-gang electrical box trick to hold the springs open. I used it the long way instead of the short way. I had to break the little screw tabs off to use them the long way. Rather than take the spring/box assembly off, I just took the front one off. I let the two rear ones just hang there. For some reason, when I pierced the glue seal it squirted out as if it was under slight pressure. Made a mess on the counter. I let it dry and cleaned it up with a razor scraper. All is well, I ran a load of water and balance is great.
Hope this helps someone else.
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