View Full Version : how to risk your own life

01-21-2011, 05:57 AM
Do you think my client pushed her brakes a little too far?



I didnt get a pic of it but she also managed to wear a groove at least 1/8" deep into the ebrake surface of one of the rear rotors.


david in germany
01-21-2011, 07:31 AM
Looks resurfaceable. :meh: seen worse but definitely not in person!

01-21-2011, 08:32 AM
Ive seen worse in person. Much worse in person actually. You're talking "Brake pads" that literally crumbeled because they were paper thin. No I don't mean the pads themselves. She'd been scraping caliper to rotor for god knows how long. I wound up scrapping everything. None of it could be saved.

01-21-2011, 08:50 AM
Eh, I don't change the brakes till the caliper piston is making a "braaaaaaap" sound grinding away at the internal vents.

The Captain
01-21-2011, 01:22 PM
I had a Ford Crown Vic come into the shop with 2 rotors completely separated from the hubs. The other rotors were worn into the venting. I don't know how she didn't kill herself.

01-21-2011, 01:51 PM
Some people should just take the bus.

01-21-2011, 02:28 PM
Some people should just take the bus.


01-21-2011, 02:28 PM
Some people should just take Teh SHORT bus.

01-21-2011, 07:42 PM
Ive seen some pretty bad brakes, but this is the first time Ive seen a rotor that far gone. Most of my clients are like me, pretty anal about maintenance...thats kind of why they are my clients.

The owner of this rig is my neighbors daughter in law. She's always bitching (as mother in laws often do) about all the little things Christy does that irritates her, complaining she has no common sense. These brakes were on an 02 Yukon Denali that she uses to routinely takes her twin 7yo daughters to town (we live about 30 miles out in the Oregon Coast Range). The truck already has over 200k miles. I have to hand it to GM in this case though, this is one tough and well used truck and it keeps on going. The only thing Ive done to the motor is plugs, wires and O2's and oil.

01-22-2011, 03:06 AM
I did that to a bronco years ago because I didn't have the cash to replace the pads.....ended up having to replace the rotors too :/

01-22-2011, 03:47 AM
Haha that's pretty epic. Best I've gotten:


01-22-2011, 04:53 AM
^ That looks familiar.....

01-22-2011, 06:15 AM
I saw the thread and though you were actually asking how to risk your life. ;)

This sprang right to mind for some reason;

01-22-2011, 06:20 AM
I think Murg had a picture of his wifes brakes... cut into the vanes.

01-24-2011, 10:03 PM
You mean that squeeeeeeeeek that turned into a grrriiiiiiiiiiiiind is a bad noise???

01-25-2011, 09:01 AM
Since we're posting trashed parts, here's one I recently seen. Friend of mine recently destroyed his pressure plate. Either a B16 or B18 Honda. Not sure of brand, bought at an Advance Auto Parts.

01-25-2011, 01:24 PM
^ Holy crap! That, I have never seen before.

01-25-2011, 07:43 PM
Ive exploded a disk before, when you rotated the engine the bellhousing sounded like rolling a coffee can full of pennies. But Ive never broken a PP, much less shattered one. Cool pic.

Lets just turn this into a "Post your broken parts" thread then:

The rings from my last 20R rebuild:

01-25-2011, 09:39 PM
Good lord. I've got nothing on that. How many miles were on those rings?

01-25-2011, 10:03 PM
seen much worse than all the above examples. but then i've been a mechanic for 15 years or so.

01-26-2011, 03:08 AM
Good lord. I've got nothing on that. How many miles were on those rings?

i bet it still ran, but smoked

01-26-2011, 03:20 AM
Good lord. I've got nothing on that. How many miles were on those rings?
Unknown. The motor wasnt original to the car even, and the car was at least 250K

i bet it still ran, but smoked
It was running and not even really smoking, but it was hard to start and had that telltale low compression uneven starter rotation. That motor was refreshed and back in the car in less than 2 weeks.

01-26-2011, 05:23 PM
I've got this from when my 5s blew up....

These were the biggest pieces I could find from what was left of the rod bearing in cyl.3

And this is how my clutch was when pulled it out of the car, I don't know how the OEM clutch failed like this, but it did....

01-26-2011, 06:22 PM
lol, love the pile of shaved bearing in the pan! Thats harsh.

Yeah when my clutch exploded on my chevelle all the springs were just rattling around inside the pressure plate.

01-26-2011, 08:13 PM
My brother came over last night and happend to have a front disk in the back of his truck still from his friends truck that he pulled off the other night. The back was paper thin to the vents. You could see where the vents were through the rotor basically. The fronts side was almost new depth. Reminded me of this thread.