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#32 of 51 Oh, come on driftracer...
May 09, 2004 (7:07 pm)
...Replace major brake components (caliper and rotors) on cars after 5 or 6 years, or even 3 years????
I've got a 94 Ford Ranger pickup, 80,000 miles, with the original rear braking system intact, and it looks good for another 20,000 or so.
I replaced the front rotors, pads, seals, doing nothing to the calipers, at about 65,000 miles. These appeared to be original components. There was wear left on the pads, I did the work because the rotors were warping and I didn't like the shimmy when I was braking.
Now I live in the sunny south and don't see all that white stuff and associated salt in a winter, but to replace stuff on a 'time' basic is just excessive.
#33 of 51 My opinions about the 'wreck'.
May 09, 2004 (7:27 pm)
-Having the tie rod analyzed by a metallurgy test is the very best thing you could do to develop proof there was a manufactoring error. This was what I was going to suggest, then I read the note where you said you were going to do this. I would think a top-line lab could find a manufactoring defect, or determine if the break was caused by stress fracture from the accident.
-The rim being dented concerns me. I would think a 2 inch curb would be no worse than a lot of potholes people encounter on the road, at speeds up to 75mph. Only wide, low profile tires and rims have problems with a 2 inch curb. I would think the size tires someone quoted are standard on your vehicle would be able to cross this curb, at almost any speed, and not be dented.
-I feel there may be a case of 'unintended acceleration' here. You wife turned into a curb, had a sharp 'jolt' crossing it, and got on the accelerator rather than the brake. She then 'fishtailed (your word)' (vehicle under power) across the lot and sideswiped a light standard, probably hitting the base, possibly a concrete base, breaking the tie rod, denting the rim, and taking out the side of the car.
(This is my best 'Carnack' vision.)
May 10, 2004 (3:01 am)
I don't trust any OEM brake component for an extended period - I race cars and put my vehicles through the wringer - I upgrade all of my braking components within the first year or so.
#35 of 51 I've never had a problem with a caliper...
May 10, 2004 (8:43 am)
Never once in all of the cars I've owned and all of the miles I've driven, I have never, ever had a caliper leak, stick, or anything else.
#36 of 51 driftracer
May 10, 2004 (3:23 pm)
Well, if you race, that is a totally different world from a usual driver. You could probably totally roast a brake system in one afternoon at a track. Also a set of tires?
May 10, 2004 (3:35 pm)
I've had a caliper leak.
On a Corvette. These cars, at least the older models, love to rust the calipers out from the inside. Maybe they have improved in the last 10 years or so, but the 'original' 4 piston calipers seem to come equiped from the factory with a few tablespoons of water in each caliper. They would then creat a nice rust pit in each piston within a few years. Especailly if you put new pads on, it would push the piston back so the seal sat right on the top of the rust pits.
There is a big industry of drilling out calipers and pressing in stainless steel liners and exchanging them with Corvette owners. For big money.
May 10, 2004 (4:04 pm)
I'm talking about weekend autocrossing, I still get 25,000 miles out of a set of Z or W rated tires and 25-30 out of good aftermarket brake pads - I just don't like OEM garbage on my vehicles, whether it's brakes or tires - I felt that way long before I started racing.
Compare OEM brake rotors, for instance, to those made by a good aftermarket company (I'm not talking about slotted $400 a piece Brembos, either). Stronger, better material, cleaner castings, etc.
#39 of 51 I rebuilt a set of 1979 Corvette calipers
May 10, 2004 (4:06 pm)
for a buddy in the Air Force - never again.
Nowadays, you can buy loaded calipers or hot rod calipers for less money than to pay labor for a rebuild.
#40 of 51 Re: Oh, come on driftracer... [bolivar #32]
May 10, 2004 (4:20 pm)
My son has a Ford Ranger with over 130,000 no problems. It is a 97. good luck
#41 of 51 Questions about Warranties
Dec 10, 2004 (7:39 pm)
Over a month ago I purchased a new Chevrolet Malibu Maxx. When doing the paperwork, the "paperwork" guy asked me if I wanted an extended warranty. I looked at him and asked what happens to the warranty that was supposed to come with the vehicle (36miles, 3yrs). He said that would go away. But I could buy a warranty for $1800 and pay various deductibles. At the time, I said, NO. I couldn't understand why I would pay for a warranty when I'm supposed to already have a warranty. I've heard of people buying 7 year warranties. But haven't justified to myself that I should have. In the past when I bought a new car...if it lasted 3 years I usually kept it 5 or 6 years. I've never had a major problem with any car yet. I did spend $1400 once for something major, but kept the car another 5 years.
With the Maxx, once again I'm thinking if it lasts 3 years, great. Any inputs?
Also, I received an e-mail from my insurance company offering me Mechanical Breakdown Insurance (MBI). Anyone know about this kind of coverage? If one makes claims, do the premiums go up?