• Brake repair/replacement.

    From Mark Hofmann@1:261/1304 to All on Sun Jul 5 08:34:19 2015
    It seems that almost all the vehicles need brakes at the same time, so I have been busy lately. Just finished doing the Durango's brakes on Friday and never
    saw them so bad.

    The inner pad was worn all the way down to the metal with no pad left at all. The rotor was missing much of it's surface due to massive rust. Everything was
    seized from rust. Had to use a sledge hammer on just about everything to get them apart (even removing the wheel).

    I had several lugs that also were rusted and stripped. Had to use a special socket to dig into them and get them off. Not fun.

    Once I cleaned everything up, greased everything, and put on the anti-seize, hopefully it won't get that bad again. Everything is new and good once again.

    - Mark

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  • From Damon A. Getsman@1:340/200 to Mark Hofmann on Sat Jul 11 09:37:38 2015
    Re: Brake repair/replacement.
    By: Mark Hofmann to All on Sun Jul 05 2015 08:34:19

    The inner pad was worn all the way down to the metal with no pad left at all. The rotor was missing much of it's surface due to massive rust. Everything was seized from rust. Had to use a sledge hammer on just about everything to get them apart (even removing the wheel).

    You've pretty much hit the nail on the head for what I'm terrified about finding out as soon as I go under my Durango with the tools or (more likely) hire someone else to do it since I don't have a garage or even a rental place that I can use to get ahold of all that I need for it.
    There are sounds of horror and death-to-come coming from underneath it. A giant ker-chunk coming as a piece of metal slides every time I go from a stop to forward again. There are grinding crunches as I turn the wheels. You can tell that the vehicle is riding on absolutely no working suspension at all. A rock in the road can toss the wheel quite a ways too far.
    The last time that I had a vehicle in this bad of condition, the man who took it apart and fixed some bits told me to never, EVER let it get that bad again (not that I'd financially had a choice at that point). He said it was going to kill somebody, especially if things went out at highway speeds.
    On this one, it's worse. I can hear ball joints crunching and squeaking, all of the suspension is shit, and I'm guessing that plenty of other bits will need to be fixed down there when everything down to the hubs are off. I'm totally not looking forward to it. If only I knew some people around here like I did in NoDak that would be willing to take a few cases of beer and let me assist for a day on the whole thing. *sigh*
    Right now I'm just hoping I can get enough cash soon enough to maybe just get a whole new vehicle and trade that one in or something. There's a damn whistling coming from the engine (when it's not at high speed) that you can hear, as well.
    Problems... I got 'em!

    -D
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