|Forum topic by Pete_Jud||posted 02-08-2010 06:48 AM||866 views||0 times favorited||4 replies|
02-08-2010 06:48 AM
The wife’s car started making noises when the breaks were applied. OK I thought, worn break pads, no sweat. I tossed my compressor, rattle gun, a few SAE wrenches and sockets into the trunk and headed to my sons house as he has a nice slab in the carport to work on. On the way I grabbed a set of brake pads from the auto parts store. Parked the car and had to use the screw jack to raise the car (The car is to low to use a regular jack) and got the rear tire off. Ok, Now Im ready to go to work. (and I think that I am getting to old to be working on my knees on a cement.) Next thing, “Dam” Ford used metric bolts to hold the calipers on.
A trip to HF and a new set of combo wrenches and sockets back and to the job at hand. Ok got the calipers off, and the C-clamps would not compress the calipers. OK, back of to the auto parts store to rent a caliper tool.
Now the day after, I can’t stand up straight, my knees hurt, and after two showers I still have grime on my hands and under my finger nails. Yup, I saved a hundred bucks over the shop, but now I see how little I was paid for doing it myself. Oh, the sons house is a 45 min drive each way.
-- Life is to short to own an ugly boat.