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Old 12-26-08, 09:31 PM   #1
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Car help

I pm'ed someone here about help for my car and never got a response, I'm looking to foo for help...... (copy and pasted pm: I'm in need of your bike geekness, I'm changing out the brakes on my car and I slid off the caliper, put on the new pads. Here's my problem, the bolts that hold on the caliper, I put them on and tightened them, they don't tighten down nearly as far as when I first took off the caliper. I fear for my life now. But they won't tighten down as far as they originally were. All I could think was the extra width from the new brake pads could affect it, but it shouldn't I don't think. )
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Duh, This is Bike Forum.
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I pm'ed siu, she has car experience. Duh?
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Are they in the threads right? I know you Jon. You probably stripped something. I didn't answer because I was busy programming Shorty's chip. Sorry.

And bike geekiness has nothing to do with gearheadedness.
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Old 12-26-08, 09:39 PM   #5
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Either that or they gripped into thin air. I can't see it, but they feel so.
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Ah...dude, you're screwed.

Did you push the pistons all the way in? Do you have some sort of manual for the car?
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Yes man, I pushed the piston all the way back or the pads wouldn't have even fit on lol. I was afraid i'd stripped something but the bolts went in like butter and then just were completely done turning, it doesn't seem like its stripped just seems like it's done tightening.
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Did you use the right bolts and not put the wrong ones in? I've seen your garage and how you just throw bolts everywhere.

Oh and don't hit your head on that stupid wood hanging from the rafters. I still have that dent in my head.
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Cagers deserve what they get.
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what car is this for? If you have a floating caliper, it shouldn't tighten down...
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You now have my respect as a top notch self-loather, Mr. Acura.
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UA he is saying the bolts are tight but they aren't going in as far as they used to. I have a feeling he put in longer ones.
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You now have my respect as a top notch self-loather, Mr. Acura.
You keep up with Pcad enough to know what car he drives? You must be one of his fans, huh?
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Did you use the right bolts and not put the wrong ones in? I've seen your garage and how you just throw bolts everywhere.

Oh and don't hit your head on that stupid wood hanging from the rafters. I still have that dent in my head.
The bolts are circular and very distinct, im fairly sure. Don't worry I took down the wooden death bike hanger. I had my spot light clamped on the cars windshield wipers, and i got in to check something, out of habit i turned on my windshield wipers, while i was in the dry garage and the light shorted out as it went back and forth.
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UA he is saying the bolts are tight but they aren't going in as far as they used to. I have a feeling he put in longer ones.
He could have, I supposed, but finding exactly the same dia bolts that are longer when you don't have 19 major projects around is unlikely. I'm being an optimist, here.
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You keep up with Pcad enough to know what car he drives? You must be one of his fans, huh?
I have a good memory for cars and their owners.
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Its a 97' chevy cavalier. I'm sure they are the same bolts because i never took them out of the holes, i left them in while i worked on the caliper, and don't have any bolts that are similar. Before taking offd the caliper the bolt was tightened about a quarter of an inch inside the hole, now its a quarter of an inch outside. I backed the bolts out and tried to go back in and they simply don't go in anyfurther. I fear something isn't tight and I will die.
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Its a 97' chevy cavalier. I'm sure they are the same bolts because i never took them out of the holes, i left them in while i worked on the caliper, and don't have any bolts that are similar. Before taking offd the caliper the bolt was tightened about a quarter of an inch inside the hole, now its a quarter of an inch outside. I backed the bolts out and tried to go back in and they simply don't go in anyfurther. I fear something isn't tight and I will die.
Is the caliper tight?
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Is the caliper tight?
Yes that is what is boggling my pea brain.

It should tighten down to the same point!@?#
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The bolts are circular and very distinct, im fairly sure. Don't worry I took down the wooden death bike hanger. I had my spot light clamped on the cars windshield wipers, and i got in to check something, out of habit i turned on my windshield wipers, while i was in the dry garage and the light shorted out as it went back and forth.
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He could have, I supposed, but finding exactly the same dia bolts that are longer when you don't have 19 major projects around is unlikely. I'm being an optimist, here.
Put it this way. Jon lost a tool like three times because he would use it and then toss it. I yelled at him to put in on the paint can so he knew where it was. Did he listen? NOoooooOOOOooo. So when we couldn't find it, we had to go buy a new one. Now granted this work space was so small that I kept bumping my head on the death hanger and the bike. Oh...and there was another part he lost in that mess. I forgot what it was but I was so mad he took the part off of his own bike to put back on mine. And lets not mention the cable wire...

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Don't worry about it. You don't really need brakes. Engine braking works just fine.
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What is the bolt up against? Is it black?
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Or just slam it into reverse. J turn style.
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What do I do? Find something large and soft to crash into when my brakes fail?
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