Advertise on Bikeforums.net



User Tag List

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast
Results 1 to 25 of 62
  1. #1
    ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ efrobert's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    Somewhere in Colorado.
    Posts
    254
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)

    Anyone do their own auto repairs?

    I've been trying to do more of my own repairs. I'm wondering how hard is it to replace brake pads?
    Over the last few years I've put in a new alternator, installed a new radiator, tune ups, oil changes. But I've never worked on the brakes.
    I just don't trust mechanics, I always think I'm getting ripped off.

  2. #2
    Ogr8nwmypstmksnosnse pgoat's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    My Bikes
    1986 Trek 500, 2003 Orbea Team Euskaltel, 2005 Cannondale R1000
    Posts
    2,786
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Discs? If you've done that other stuff u should be okay.

    Having said that, be forewarned -
    I've never worked on ABS brakes; I do not think they are more difficult, but just putting it out there.
    changing the pads is not so hard - getting the calipers back on the disc with the new pads can be a bit tough (gotta spread them open again). The toughest part here may be bleeding the lines - easier with two people, obviously. Watch the brake fluid, it'll kill your paint job.

    Drums are really easy but take some elbow grease.

    I really don't miss doing all that stuff (no car now)
    Quote Originally Posted by jsharr View Post
    People whose sig line does not include a jsharr quote annoy me.

  3. #3
    Surf Bum
    Join Date
    Aug 2008
    Location
    Pacifica, CA
    My Bikes
    Vintage Trek, Vintage Diamond Back Mountain Bike, Bianchi Axis CrossBike
    Posts
    2,011
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    if you've done that other stuff, brake pads shouldn't be too hard for you. some calipers have little tricks for retracting the piston back in - which you have to do since the new pads are going to be much thicker than the ones you are taking out - but if you have the haynes manual or chilton's manual or some other cheap repair manual for your car, it'll explain it easily enough. i'd say go for it!

  4. #4
    T-Shirt Guy ehidle's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2008
    Location
    Lansdale, PA
    My Bikes
    2005 Fuji Team Issue, 2007 Fuji SL-1
    Posts
    464
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brake pads are a 20 minute job on my car (per wheel)...
    Yellow + Blue Jerseys!

    Get your Cranky T-Shirt!
    Men's
    and Women's designs available

  5. #5
    Pwnerer Wordbiker's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jun 2005
    Location
    Pagosa Springs, CO, USA
    My Bikes
    Road, MTB, Cruiser, Chopper, BMX
    Posts
    2,900
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by efrobert View Post
    I've been trying to do more of my own repairs. I'm wondering how hard is it to replace brake pads?
    Over the last few years I've put in a new alternator, installed a new radiator, tune ups, oil changes. But I've never worked on the brakes.
    I just don't trust mechanics, I always think I'm getting ripped off.
    The last time I decided to "save myself money" and do the brakes on the wife's car....well, here's the story.

    I've done plenty of brake jobs, knew what I was doing, had the parts and had the tools. The first issue was that the last time the shop had swapped the snow tires, they tightened the bujeezuz out of the lugs. I just didn't have the leverage to remove one lug. Off to the parts store to buy a longer wrench.

    Once the stripped lug was off, the job was relatively easy: remove wheel, remove pads, retract caliper, replace pads, replace wheel, bleed brakes. Not much harder than fixing a flat. When I tried to put that semi-stripped lug on....that's when it became fully stripped. With my longer leverage lug wrench, I easily sheared it off before it was even snug.

    Knowing I'd have to face the music and see my mechanic laugh at me when I asked him to replace the stud, I put the rest of the lugs on, then grabbed the hubcap....

    The hubcap wasn't cooperating. It was the spring type that snaps inside a steel wheel, and try as I might, it just wouldn't even start. I got down in the dirt, sat on my butt and tried to push (OK, kick) it on with my feet. Apparently one of the kicks was misplaced and I sheared the valve off.

    Thoroughly humiliated, I put on the spare, drove it to the mechanic and yes...he laughed at me. He also fixed the damage, and adding that to my cost for parts...it equaled the cost of a brake job. I've taken my cars in ever since.
    Quote Originally Posted by ahsposo View Post
    Ski, bike and wish I was gay.

  6. #6
    Senior Member Sledbikes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    539
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    The last time I decided to "save myself money" and do the brakes on the wife's car....well, here's the story.

    I've done plenty of brake jobs, knew what I was doing, had the parts and had the tools. The first issue was that the last time the shop had swapped the snow tires, they tightened the bujeezuz out of the lugs. I just didn't have the leverage to remove one lug. Off to the parts store to buy a longer wrench.

    Once the stripped lug was off, the job was relatively easy: remove wheel, remove pads, retract caliper, replace pads, replace wheel, bleed brakes. Not much harder than fixing a flat. When I tried to put that semi-stripped lug on....that's when it became fully stripped. With my longer leverage lug wrench, I easily sheared it off before it was even snug.

    Knowing I'd have to face the music and see my mechanic laugh at me when I asked him to replace the stud, I put the rest of the lugs on, then grabbed the hubcap....

    The hubcap wasn't cooperating. It was the spring type that snaps inside a steel wheel, and try as I might, it just wouldn't even start. I got down in the dirt, sat on my butt and tried to push (OK, kick) it on with my feet. Apparently one of the kicks was misplaced and I sheared the valve off.

    Thoroughly humiliated, I put on the spare, drove it to the mechanic and yes...he laughed at me. He also fixed the damage, and adding that to my cost for parts...it equaled the cost of a brake job. I've taken my cars in ever since.
    ahahahhahahhaha i know someone who got 6 stiches trying to put a hubcap back on barehanded. thats what rubber mallets are for.


    takes me about 15 minutes with both the wheels off
    riding and pimpin again

  7. #7
    Senior Member Michigander's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2005
    My Bikes
    Giant ATX 1200, Schwinn Peleton
    Posts
    1,727
    Mentioned
    14 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    I just helped a friend install an engine today. Yesterday I helped put in an alarm system. Does that count?
    Bring back the Sig Test!


    (\__/)
    (='.'=)
    (")_(")

  8. #8
    phony collective progress x136's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2006
    Location
    San Hoosey
    My Bikes
    http://velospace.org/user/36663
    Posts
    2,983
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    Yesterday I helped put in an alarm system.
    You should be ashamed.

  9. #9
    Senior Member Silverexpress's Avatar
    Join Date
    Sep 2005
    Location
    Berkley, Michigan
    My Bikes
    Commuter(s), MTB(s), bent(s), folder(s) and a road.
    Posts
    593
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Last time I did my front brakes, I had a heck of a time getting the rotors off. The brakes lasted 95,000 miles - which is great, but....they where frozen in place...ugh! Prior rotors (from my previous rides) I've removed all had a threaded hole for a tiny bolt. The bolt was used to push the rotor off the hub. However, these OEM rotors had no additional threaded hole, so I had to use a crowbar to remove them from the front hubs. It took me two days of elbow grease, and finally coming upon a thread on the internet that talked about the crow bar technique....afterwhich it was about 2 minutes worth of grunting with the crow bar...and poof! Off they went.

    Good luck!
    Regards,
    Jose

  10. #10
    beast mode bluevelo's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Sacramento, CA
    My Bikes
    Trek 2200, K2 Firebird
    Posts
    43
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Fairly simple repairs like brakes aren't bad if you've got the tools, and the time.

  11. #11
    Certified Non-Voter wernmax's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2008
    Location
    Colo Springs, Colorado
    Posts
    256
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Michigander View Post
    I just helped a friend install an engine today.
    Hey...me too.

    Only it was helping my nephew swap a nice 351 into his Ford 4X4 in place of the old tired 6. That's a 3 day job.

    How much blood did you shed?
    Attached Images Attached Images

  12. #12
    Senior Member DannoXYZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Saratoga, CA
    Posts
    11,507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    On my car, the brake-pads take 10-seconds to replace once the wheel's off. Actually easier than an alternator replacement. Here's my project from last summer:





  13. #13
    Senior Member
    Join Date
    Aug 2006
    Posts
    799
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brake pad replacement is conceptually easy, but is real cave man mechanics - dirty and nasty. And there are some gotchas if you don't know what you're doing.

    For example, most rear disc brakes now require you to turn the piston as you retract them which may or may not be something you can do with ordinary tools - I had to buy the $20 Harbor Freight tool that last time I did mine. And you do want to pay attention to springs, clips, and apply anti-squeal paste judiciously if you want quiet brakes. Finally, there is always the chance you'll run into rusty, frozen, or difficult to remove parts - it's a nasty spot down there in your wheel wells.

    If you have a good manual or tutorial, have the tools, are reasonably handy, and don't mind dirty work, it's a good repair to save money on. But it is definitely more difficult work than changing oil or flushing a radiator. For a first-timer, it really helps to have someone experience to show you the ropes and always have a backup plan if you do something stupid.

    - Mark

  14. #14
    Senior Member DannoXYZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Saratoga, CA
    Posts
    11,507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    efrobert, what model car are you looking at?

  15. #15
    Senior Moment Member Gee3's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    Location
    Daly City, CA
    My Bikes
    Specialized Allez Elite Double & a nude Bottecchia CF build
    Posts
    1,352
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Danno... I heard doing the clutch on the 944's are a MAJOR PAIN!! Is that true? Or was my buddy just a putz? hehe!

    Disc brakes should be fairly straight forward. I bet if you do a search you'll be able to find step by step instructions on how to replace them. When i owned a Honda I used to do all the maintenance and upgrade stuff myself. They were so easy to work on, especially since I had the Helms repair manual. That was my bible!

    Good luck!
    This day will be over... one of these days!

    "I have cancer, cancer doesn't have me."
    Quote from a Kaiser commercial that reminds me of my mom.

  16. #16
    Portland Fred banerjek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    My Bikes
    Custom Winter, Challenge Seiran SL, Fuji Team Pro, Cattrike Road/Velokit, РOS hybrid
    Posts
    10,643
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Brakes are easy. Dealing with discs is almost totally brain dead. There are a few tricks to certain drum brakes, but it's nothing you can't handle.

  17. #17
    King of the Plukers Spreggy's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 2007
    Location
    On the bus.
    Posts
    873
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    It's one or two bolts more complicated than changing a tire.

    Do one wheel at a time, so if you screw up you can look at the other side compare.

    Jack it up, take off the wheel.

    Two bolts will hold the caliper on. Remove one and see if the caliper rolls back out of the way to slide the rotor off. If not, undo the other bolt and set the caliper (with brake line still attached) out of the way.

    Slide the rotor off, slide the new one on.

    Pop the pads out of the caliper.

    Take the cap off the brake fluid reservoir and compress the caliper: ck google for compressing the caliper piston on your model. Most require a c-clamp to push it back in, my Mazda had an allen bolt on the back of the caliper that pulled it back in.

    Put the new pads in, put the caliper back on over the new rotor, put the wheel back on.

    Put the cap back on the brake fluid reservoir.

    IMPORTANT:
    Pump the brakes back up to firm before you move that car. Then test drive when the pedal feels firm. No bleeding required.

    Good luck!
    “Impossible is just a big word thrown around by small men who find it easier to live in the world they've been given than to explore the power they have to change it. Impossible is not a fact. It's an opinion. Impossible is not a declaration. It's a dare. Impossible is potential. Impossible is temporary. Impossible is nothing.”
    ― Muhammad Ali

  18. #18
    don't misunderestimate me BoSoxYacht's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    take your time, enjoy the scenery, it will be there when you get to it
    My Bikes
    07 IRO BFGB fixed-gear, 07 Pedal Force RS
    Posts
    5,621
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Happily I can say I haven't done my own car repairs in 15 years because I'm a car-free man, but every now and then I get talked into doing someone's for them.

    Brakes are easy, if your car is from an area that doesn't salt their roads. If you brought you car from back east, all bets are off.

  19. #19
    Senior Member DannoXYZ's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2005
    Location
    Saratoga, CA
    Posts
    11,507
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Gee3 View Post
    Danno... I heard doing the clutch on the 944's are a MAJOR PAIN!! Is that true? Or was my buddy just a putz? hehe!
    Well... you gotta know what you're doing and have the right tools. A tranny jack really helps to drop it from the rear end. Then work your way forwards, remove the torque-tube and you've got access to the clutch. It's just really dirty work under the car, so I like to steam-clean everything before starting. Haven't done a 944 clutch yet, but on my 951, it requires taking off all the turbo plumbing and took me about 18 hours last time. So on a 944, I'd guess it'd be 10-12 hours. If you install a Centerforce clutch, you'll never have to replace it again. I put mine on 3-engines and 125k-miles ago and it's only 1/2 worn.

  20. #20
    don't misunderestimate me BoSoxYacht's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2006
    Location
    take your time, enjoy the scenery, it will be there when you get to it
    My Bikes
    07 IRO BFGB fixed-gear, 07 Pedal Force RS
    Posts
    5,621
    Mentioned
    4 Post(s)
    Tagged
    1 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Wordbiker View Post
    The hubcap wasn't cooperating. It was the spring type that snaps inside a steel wheel, and try as I might, it just wouldn't even start. I got down in the dirt, sat on my butt and tried to push (OK, kick) it on with my feet. Apparently one of the kicks was misplaced and I sheared the valve off.


    Maybe it's the beer+ Lortab, but made me laugh so hard I hurt my back again(thanks buddy).

  21. #21
    blithering idiot jhota's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Location
    beautiful coastal South Carolina
    My Bikes
    1991 Trek 930, 2005 Bianchi Eros, 2006 Nashbar "X," IRO Rob Roy
    Posts
    1,263
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    i repair other people's cars. if mine is broken, i just live with it. the cobbler's shoes, and all that.

  22. #22
    Senior Member Sledbikes's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2005
    Posts
    539
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by DannoXYZ View Post
    On my car, the brake-pads take 10-seconds to replace once the wheel's off. Actually easier than an alternator replacement. Here's my project from last summer:




    i wouldve thrown that engine in the garbage and went with a S13 motor
    riding and pimpin again

  23. #23
    Senior Member Ted Danson's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jul 2006
    Location
    K-town Wisconsin
    My Bikes
    Jamis Full Suspension, Some 10 year old roadie that I made beautiful :)
    Posts
    374
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Turbooooo. Disk brakes without ABS take like 5 minutes to change pads and rotors.
    Merton Enthusiast

  24. #24
    Portland Fred banerjek's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 2005
    My Bikes
    Custom Winter, Challenge Seiran SL, Fuji Team Pro, Cattrike Road/Velokit, РOS hybrid
    Posts
    10,643
    Mentioned
    2 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    Quote Originally Posted by Spreggy View Post
    Put the new pads in, put the caliper back on over the new rotor, put the wheel back on.
    Be sure to apply brake pad grease to both sides of the shims. Otherwise, you could find yourself with noisy brakes.

  25. #25
    superArti artifice's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2008
    Location
    Minnersoter
    My Bikes
    2007 Fuji Professional 2.0, 2009 GTw Avalanche 2.0
    Posts
    1,058
    Mentioned
    0 Post(s)
    Tagged
    0 Thread(s)
    meh, I just do basic things- oil changes, spark plugs, and such.

    as my last oil change was a nightmare, I might be retiring from the self-mechanic business.
    i woke up one morning and i stepped out of bed | had to get a bike, had to paint it red
    Of all the treasures I have, it’s the memories that are the most precious.

Page 1 of 3 123 LastLast

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •