Sunday, November 21, 2010

sunday (not-so) funnies

back in like march, my brakes started making a grinding noise. they didn't do it all the time so i didn't think much of it, even while making my bi-weekly 600mile trips between ky and sc. at first i thought it was mud from the jobsite, but it didn't go away after getting the underbody sprayed at the car wash. i also figured it wasn't that bad because they never squeaked like i (wrongly) assumed brakes would. eventually they made these awful noises every time, although it still took another 3.5 months before i did anything (read: convinced josh they needed attention).

so now it's november, and we finally decided it might be wise to put new brakes on.

new brake / old brake
notice a difference?
old rotor / new rotor
see the chunk missing out of the old one?

i think i was about one brake-tap away from either sparking a fire or rear-ending everyone on the road. do not repeat this behavior; it's not smart.

495 inappropriate words later, josh had my car good-to-go again. [nothing like having a blog to document these exciting weekend activities!]
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  1. omg wow. glad to hear that you've got things under control now. i shudder to think what my car looks like with the nitty gritty stuff

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  2. wow. you might want to donate those old parts to the auto parts store so they can do a window display...

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  3. Ummm... Your brake pad is missing the pad... :)

    Way to go on doing the repair yourself - it saves a boat load of money. I got stranded once where my only option was to pay for a brake job. $350 later, I was on my way. I think I cursed more after having to pay that much than I did doing the job myself.

    I'm actually headed out to do oil changes on both cars this afternoon. Hopefully I don't end up with any bloody knuckles this time.

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  4. I hope your young little bike riding neighbor was in his own yard not listening to those inappropriate words that are a part of repairing anything.

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  5. Eeee gads! How were you getting the car to stop??? Good thing you got that taken care of!

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  6. Glad that you came out of this with nothing more than a few adult words and no injuries.

    You may have convinced me to take the Green Machine in....MAY HAVE!!!!!

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  7. Amaizing!! did you repair yourself?
    hugs
    Tania

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  8. Um, holy crap. I'm glad you acted when you did and got 'em taken care of!

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  9. Note to Lindsay: brakes are kind of important!!!

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  10. Cannot tell you how impressed I am that you guys did that yourself! Wouldn't even know where to start. Glad you are safe now!

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  11. Wait a minute, do you exchange brake diagnostic tips with my wife? And it doesn't matter how much I remind her that it is very PHYSICALLY difficut for me to change the brakes on her Durango. That thing is like a freakin tank.

    Overall though, it's good you've shared your experience with the blogosphere. Nov 21st next year, I'll be sure to remind you to change your brakes again. And I wish I was kidding :-)

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  12. I'm so glad that you're alive despite those scary-as$ breaks! You've got a good man looking out for you.

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  13. Glad to know I'm not the only one who uses "inappropriate words" while tackling car repairs!

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  14. Holy...that is kind of scary.
    Glad you got it taken care of!!

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  15. Hahaha- you and I might have been separated at birth! Shall I call you Lindsaypie??

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  16. Wow, so glad you changed those things!

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  17. Yikes! Were you letting out a shower of sparks every time you stopped? Metal on metal is pretty impressive.

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  18. Did Josh change the brakes himself?? Will he come back with you to Boston in April?? I'd love to have my own personal mechanic!!!

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