If It Has Tubes Or Tires: Here's Your Problem

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  1. String Tree

    String Tree Doctor of Teleocity Ad Free Member

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    image.jpeg My poor Van was making the most horrible noises.
    If I wasn't afraid to drive it, I would have loved to have sampled it for future use.
    Possibly a UFO having trouble sticking a landing.

    Jacked to poor thing up.
    Changed both Driver and Passenger Pads, Rotors, Bearings and Seals on the Front.

    Sounds much better and stopping no longer feels like the world is coming to an end.

    When I get the time, Drums and Shoes for the Back End.
     
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    Brakes/seals/bearings are a satisfying endeavor. Not that hard and you have the satisfaction of knowing you saved a pile by doing it yourself. Mechanics would charge you at least $1800 for doing that. Way to go!
     
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    That had a lot to do with my motivation.
    "Vanna" weighs just over 6,000 lbs.
    I feel like I earn my money getting under there, even with Jack Stands.

    But, thanks to the help from a good friend, we got it done.
    Packing Bearings by hand: Lovely!

    He's an import from Britan.
    When we were finished, it was time for Beer and Chips. :)
     
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    I do not miss drum brakes. My wife had a 71 Mustang when we married in 1973. Seemed like I did brakes every 6 months. Always did my own maintenance until it took longer to get up off the ground than it did to do the work.
     
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    ReverendRevolver Friend of Leo's

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    I've been through more rotors and calipers than I had any business needing to replace across 4 different vehicles. Getting it all back to how it should be is a good feeling for sure, and what's more is when you just have to change break pads without fighting a seized caliper and a rotor that looks like a carved bullseye, it makes it seem like the fastest thing in the world.

    Glad I don't have to touch drum breaks anymore. Good luck in that endeavor, all disc all the time for me from now on.....
     
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    Oh wow, I haven't done that in such a long, long time. Last time was my 1946 CJ2A Jeep.

    Well done!
     
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    I thought I was in for a big project on the rear of my F-150 weekend rig, there was a bad grinding noise. I thought I had a bad caliper that was sticking intermittently because the noise came and went. I acquired the parts for a rotor, caliper, and pad job. I got in there and found that the emergency brake shoe on that side disintegrated and bits of it were getting trapped and making that horrendous noise. Everything else was fine, and that loose material did not damage the pads or rotors based on my inspection.

    It was a new one on me.

    The emergency brake shoes are expensive for what they are. I did not have time to order them from Rock or another online vendor and had to eat the retail price of $45.00 or so.
     
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    image.jpg This is why on the eighth day G*d made BMW dealer service departments.
     
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    When I totaled by Santa Fe last spring we decided we didn’t need another SUV, and went looking for a second used Camry instead. In a misguided fit of generosity and contrition over causing us to go car shopping in the first place, I told Mrs_S she could have the newer one and I would take over her 2012. Then I found out the new one was a black 2015 SE with bigger rims, better tires, and (p)leather interior. MUCH cooler car. To add insult to injury, as she handed over my “new” car, Mrs_S informed me “I think it might need brakes.”

    Then we decided we needed a small U-Haul to transport our precious art and guitars to our new home, and my older, more beat up Camry was selected for installation of a trailer hitch. Before towing a trailer 400 miles across the state, I decided new brakes were in order. It ended up needing calipers, pads, and rotors on both sides in the front, but all that AND the trailer hitch only cost $1100. I got off easy.
     
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    There is a third T that belongs in this thread's title.

    Trust me, I know whereof I speak.
     
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    Pretty darn easy to keep an eye in your disc brake pads and very easy and inexpensive to replace if done soon enough.
     
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    I remember doing that job. I just don't remember how.
     
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    That was the one thing I wasn't having any problems with!
     
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    Every once in a while, I'll have a disc that's pulsating when I apply a lot of pressure - and I'll replace the four of them. But of the 7 cars we have these days, only one got that treatment and it was IMO because the previous guy put some Chinese rubbish, slotted discs on there. I went back to stock, everything copacetic.
     
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