Midnight_Rider's progress log

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Re: Midnight_Rider's progress log

Post by occasional demons » Tue Sep 18, 2018 9:02 pm

It's been a humid summer. Possibly not being driven regularly has created extra oxidation on the rotors.

Unless your garage is air conditioned, that moisture in the air is going to do it's evil deeds.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:32 am

No A/C in the garage. Plus, it rained on my drive home from the Auburn, IN auction a few weeks ago- maybe sitting in the garage after that drive caused the moisture problem you mentioned? I'm hoping to take the car for a long drive this Saturday (weather permitting)... perhaps the squealing will go away with the car being driven? If so, then I can cancel the service appointment.
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Post by MyNeonSaysHi » Wed Sep 19, 2018 11:30 am

Yeah I say take it for a good 45 minute drive or so and maybe do some hard braking on some desolate back roads too.

A lot of people forget to do this after doing brakes...

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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Sep 19, 2018 12:48 pm

I would think that the long drive home from Missouri to Indiana would have broken in the brakes, not to mention the many miles I have driven since returning from the brake job. Even thought I rarely drive the car, it has been driven several times. Interesting that, in that video, the narrator mentions changing the brake fluid. I asked in Missouri for new brake fluid but was told it wasn't necessary. I did get new brake fluid at my request at the Indiana dealership though.
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Post by occasional demons » Wed Sep 19, 2018 1:46 pm

Bedding in the pads is something the shop should do, as it does get things hot. I don't know I would recommend doing it until you get brake fade though. Seems like a good way to warp brand new rotors.

They used to include instructions on bedding the pads with new brake parts. You can bed them in just fine without going to the extremes he talked about. But normal driving and braking won't usually bed them in adequately. You need to make a few good hard stops, and let them cool, then repeat a couple more times, cooling in between, is what most manufacturers recommended when papers came with pads.

There shouldn't be any smoke, if you degeased everything. If you painted the rotors in the non wear areas, then you might expect a bit of smoke from that.

If you get things hot enough to burn the fluid, then don't cry about the caliper seals failing down the road.

Flushing the fluid at least every 5 years helps get any absorbed moisture out of the fluid, that can create premature boiling, and thus air pockets. And potential corrosion. The shop probably didn't want to go through the trouble.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Thu Sep 20, 2018 12:20 am

I had the the calipers rebuilt after getting new brakes. The front passenger-side caliper had locked up from not being lubricated in Missouri (this was according to a tech from the Indianapolis dealership)- it was smoking red hot!

I noticed that the narrator of that video suggested replacing the OEM brake lines with braided steel ones. Since this would be aftermarket stuff, how would I go about doing this? The majority of work done on my car has been at dealerships so doing something non-OEM would be a first for me.
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Post by occasional demons » Thu Sep 20, 2018 8:40 am

Braided steel lines will only help with initial pedal feel, they won't actually improve braking enough to justify the cost for street use. If you were constantly doing competition track time, where every fraction of a second counts, then they are worth it.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Fri Sep 21, 2018 12:15 am

Well, that will save some money then. Thanks for letting me know.
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Post by Midnight_Rider » Wed Oct 10, 2018 7:21 pm

The snipped ground wire has irritated me so I bought a new D/S hood hinge. It will be painted and mounted next spring.
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