Brakes are a messy job

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  1. Tone deaf

    Tone deaf Senior Member

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    So, a few days ago, I hear a little grinding on the back rear, when I applied the brakes. I knew what it was. I just wanted to whistle past the graveyard and get to the weekend to do the rear pads. It's odd that the rear have worn put in advance of the front, but such is life. There are few sounds worse than the metal on metal of a worn out brake. To make matters worse, with the wear and what have you, I could tell that the caliper was not retracting fully, because I had that nice grinding sound as I drove, with no pressure on the brakes. So, I didn't wait for the weekend, I picked up a set of pads this morning and did the rear pads, right after lunch. I changed into work clothes and started with gloves on, but as is always the case, I chucked the gloves about 20% of the way into the job and dove in head first. It always seems like a duck mounting a football (thanks Herb Brooks) getting the caliper back on and lining up the bolts. In any event, I got it done, just in time to go pick up my daughter at high school. I was covered in road grit and grease. Washed my hands with the dish soap (made a mess in the sink) and ran off to get her. Fortunately (for her), I didn't need to get out of the car. We got home and were in the kitchen shooting the breeze and she says "You've got a little grease on your nose..." I looked in the mirror and had this huge swath of black dirt on me. She laughed. Normally, I'd expect a high school aged girl to be mortified of her dad showing up at school covered in grease.
     
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    TheX Voice of Reason

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    Lol, yes they are...messy that is.
     
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  3. James R

    James R Premium Member

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    I freaking hate doing brakes.
    I'm not a fan of working on cars in general, but brakes are the worst.
    My body isn't meant to be that close to the ground anymore, it damn near kills me.
    I'm getting to the point where I'm about ready to just let the professionals do it.
    I still enjoy turning wrenches and working on aircraft, but cars are no fun for me.
     
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    Was it a Honda?
     
  5. Tone deaf

    Tone deaf Senior Member

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    Jeep Wrangler and if it weren't for the small sledge hammer, I am not sure I would have got those f*ckers back on...
     
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  6. Tone deaf

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    >$200 quote for rear pads.

    $26.99 at Advanced Auto Parts. I shower once a week, anyhow, so no big deal.
     
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    redjunior Senior Member

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    I. hate. brakes. Specially with ABS ....... Grrrrrrr....:squint:
     
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    James R Premium Member

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    I know it.
    It's a big difference in cost if you take it to a shop.
    Fortunately, I know a couple licensed guys who like to drink beer. :D
     
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    Now, I'm the guy who likes beer and can fix brakes. I spent the rest of the day negotiating terms with the lender on my acquisition...
     
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    Omg you should never need a hammer. You better keep an eye on those with a temp gun or something. Once you compress the caliper piston they should literally fall back on. Been a mechanic 20 years
     
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    There was a little edge/crust on the rotor that I had to get past. Once I had overcome that, they sort of went into place with a little cajoling.

    They work great and don't make a sound.
     
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    You didn't resurface the rotors or replace them? Metal on Metal leaves NO other choice. But I guess that's not true anymore. LOL
     
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    As soon as I noticed the metal on metal sensation, I was in standard mode (it has standard and auto modes) down shifting like a mofo, trying not to deploy the breaks. That is why I called it and got the pads and did the job, today as opposed to waiting for the weekend. That said, there is a little groove in the disk. However, post install, everything feels and sounds great (plus it's the rear brakes). So, I'm going to whistle past the graveyard.
     
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    I hold my breath when I blow the asbestos dust out of the brakes with compressed air when I'm repairing them.

    :fingersx:

    :thumb:
     
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    im just glad my cars have disc not drum brakes anymore,disc are so much easier.
     
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    Saved by the Tranny! (I mean Transmission!) LOL
     
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    I figure, asbestos? It's the miracle mineral. Why worry?
     
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    Well "She" seemed a little entitled...
     
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    disc brakes are nothing. can get both side done in less than 30 minutes. drum brakes suck ass.

    fwiw, most newer cars disc brake pads should have tangs that hit the caliper to make a noise so you know to change them before the pad is completely worn down.
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    I had to change out my clutch slave cylinder yesterday. I have never been covered in so much grease before in my life. its not particular a dirty job, my engine is just covered in grease.
     
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    i know a guy addicted to brake fluid. he says he can stop at any time though.
     

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