I was fairly busy today. My sister in law was complaining that she needed brakes on the front of her car and her daughters needed them all the way around and a local shop quoted her $400 just for the front brakes on a 2008 Toyota Corolla and $500 for the brakes on a 90’s something Plymouth Acclaim.
Some “nice guy” where she works quoted her $200 for the front brakes on hers.
I figured I would be working on my POS Sprite today and I know if the rotors aren’t shot or the calipers aren’t leaking that it takes about a half an hour to slap some brake pads on these fuckers.
I had to go to NAPA anyway earlier so I called her and asked if her 18 year old kid was going to be around this weekend.
Yep she says.
Good, drag your narrow ass over here with that kid and your fucking car and I will teach the boy how to change your brakes using my tools.
About an hour later here she comes.
I showed the young man how to loosen the lug nuts BEFORE you jack the car up, where to put the jack so you aren’t tearing shit up and where to put the jack stands so it won’t fall on ya in case the jack slips or fails.
After he pulled the wheels I looked at the rotors and they were fine.
I threw her ass in my rig and took her down to get brake pads.
$60 for the intermediate grade.
I don’t get the “best” grade as I have run into problems of the material being so hard it literally polishes the rotors to a mirror finish and then they won’t grab , which is kinda like not having brakes.
I showed junior what to take off, why and how to push the caliper piston back in and put everything back together.
I even went all out and drug out my $250 Snap On torque wrench and showed him how to use that to tighten the lug nuts back up.
He’s a good kid and he picked it right up.
Of course, now she wants the other car done too.
Go get the fucker.
She comes back, I walk junior through it again and he knocked it right out.
She wanted a bunch of other shit looked at too and I told her not to push her luck.
I didn’t look at the back brakes on that little POS, it isn’t being driven currently and I wanted to get after my own shit.
In a week or two I’ll have her bring it back.
Spent damn near $200 at NAPA, fuck me some of that little crap a guy uses up in a garage is getting fucking spendy.
A quart of good motor oil is nine fucking dollars now.
Even the cheap shit is over five.
I didn’t get a whole lot of wrenching done on the Sprite but I did get the engine compartment cleaned up while I have that sitting empty and sanded down some rusty sheet metal in there and got it primered too.
Lots and lots to do on that miserable thing but I think I am just going to clean things up and put it back together to see if I can at least get it running and driving again this year.
It doesn’t take too long to yank the engine and transmission out so maybe next year I will pull those and strip everything out of the engine compartment, wiring, brake lines, all the hard parts and then clean it up real good and paint it all one color.
This is the first three day weekend I have had in so long I can’t remember so I plan on doing a whole bunch of fucking off too.
Thanks fer stopping by, I hope everyone has a nice weekend and don’t forget what Memorial Day is really all about.