My nephew (younger syster's youngest son) drives 1 '93 Chevy Lumina,
and the brakes on it were getting beyond dangerous, He's been out of
work for quite some time, just started a new job a couple weeks ago
and needs the car on the road, so Uncle Clare to the rescue . I
ordered a full set of loaded calipers and rotors from Rock, and took
the car out to the hangar this afternoon.
About 7 hours later we are within about an hour of finishing the job
(Nephew and I working together). The one rear rotor was seized onso
tight it took over 2 hours with torch, puller, and BigBrassHammer to
get the sucker off. One of the banjo bolts would not come loose so I
cut it off with the die-grinder and cutoff wheel. The caliper frame
mounting bolts had to be heated red hot to get them off.
A couple sheel studs have damaged threeads, and wouldn't you know it,
the studs won't come out without pulling the bearing/hub, so wh will
be seeing how the "TheadMate" works
I'll be feeling this for a few days - Not as Young as I used to
I lengthened a lightweight aluminum shovel by 18" to throw snow
further from the roof, beyond the path around the house and the tall
snowbanks beside it, and used it all yesterday afternoon. Now at least
I'm sore in different places than when I was trying to lighten the
roof load with a standard shovel.
As long as I don't overload it the lengthened shovel throws 10' to 15'
further with no more effort.
Spent a large part of my working life working on Jap cars - Yotas in
particular. Generally easier to work on than GM but when they get to
be over 20 years old with little service they can be a bit nasty too.
The quality of their fasteners tend to be a bit better than american
stuff - less likely to have badly seized bolts. Definitely better
design as far as being able to replace small parts without having to
totally dissassemble the car.
He's a BIG boy, so more likely to be an old crown vic next time round
(over 6'4,over 265, and solid as an oak.)