In you alone I have found the same swelling of enthusiasm, the same quick rising of the blood, the fullness… Before, I almost used to think there was something wrong. Everybody else seemed to have the brakes on… I never feel the brakes. I overflow. And when I feel your excitement about life flaring, next to mine, then it makes me dizzy.
– Anaïs Nin, A Literate Passion: Letters of Anais Nin and Henry Miller, 1932-1953. (Mariner Books; 1 edition April 22, 1989) Originally published 1965.
Went to pick up the trailer with my uncles Tundra and felt very weird vibrations in the steering under braking. Noticed the braking wasn’t very good either so I went with my gut feeling and bought new pads and rotors for my uncles truck. When I pulled the wheel off and examined the situation I almost fainted.
I did not realize how little pad life was left on the pads. I almost didn’t have enough time to change the brakes and was originally planning to drive the car as is. Luckily I was able to knock out the brake job in 2.5 hours.
I possibly could have done some serious damage to myself or others if I ended up towing to Thunderhill Raceway (200 miles from my house) with 0 brake pad life.
Reminder to always check your brake pads! Even if they don’t make any noise! They pads didn’t even have the wear indicators on them -_-
February 9th - A puzzle, for sure. Shimano metal sintered disc brake pads for hydraulic brakes: what happens to them that renders them useless beyond recovery?
Usually the rear set, all of a sudden they loose stopping power, and often become screechy. They are not contaminated with oil, although it feels like it. Deep cleaning in the dishwasher doesn’t work. Ultrasonic cleaner with solvent doesn’t, either. Neither does surface grinding as much as .75mm off the surface.
It’s like they just glaze, and some structural or metallurgical change takes place, and that’s it. Only thing to recover stopping power is new pads. Or using them in the rain; when wet, and only then, do they stop better.
At £20 a set, this is not fun. Anyone any ideas please?
Making some mo progress. Got the project mu brake shoes on both side, got the rear driver side brakes done and bolted up the axles. Just need to get the exhaust one and my registration in place so I can start test driving this thing around to work.
Was a little worried about brake clearance, but luckily these wheels needed a little spacing so with the +20 up front theres more than enough clearance. Just need some 215/35s and these wheels are ready to go up front. Will need smaller tires (255/30r19) for the rear pair… this car will be on the streets by next month if all goes smoothly.