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Forum topic by Pete_Jud posted 02-08-2010 06:48 AM 953 views 0 times favorited 4 replies Add to Favorites Watch
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02-08-2010 06:48 AM

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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.
Soon I was back at the job at hand, fighting the tool in tight clearance and it has gotten dark. Son holding the flashlight the first one has taken over 5 hours with all the running for the stuff. The second one took less than a half an hour. Lucky there is a store only a block away that sells beer.

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.

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#1 posted 02-08-2010 06:52 AM

Got to love those metric bolts huh? lol My old Ranger doesn’t even use actual bolts, so much easier to deal with.

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#2 posted 02-08-2010 06:53 AM

Sounds like a tough day.

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#3 posted 02-08-2010 06:55 AM

The “Golden Years” were form 30 to 45 before the aches and pains started ;-))

-- Bob in WW ~ "some old things are lovely, warm still with life ... of the forgotten men who made them." - D.H. Lawrence

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#4 posted 02-08-2010 06:15 PM

LOL Topa… :)

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