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Repair Mistakes & Blunders
Thunderbird needed new brake pads
and rear shocks, so I decided to replace
them one evening in my driveway. Everything
went well with both projects until
I went for a checkup drive. I put
the car in gear and started to back
down the driveway being careful to
avoid my van at the curb which was
overhanging the driveway a bit. I
stepped on the brakes to slow my progress
and the pedal went to the floor! While
negotiating past my van at increasing
speed, my right side view mirror was
ripped off by the van's hood. Even
worse, while attempting to brake again,
my brake foot had slid sideways so
it now overlapped with the accelerator,
which then became floored as the brake
pedal went to the floor again! Hurtling
across the street, I jumped the opposite
curb, glanced off a tree, which reformed
the left side fender-door sheet metal,
and crashed into the house across
the street. This pushed a decorative
horizontal timber through the house's
wall and partway into the living room.
My T-Bird was now stopped. I put the
car into Drive to pull away from the
house and now the brakes worked! Eureka!
I then realized that I had forgotten
to pump the brakes to bring the new
pads into contact with the rotors
after the brake job. For my car, it
takes three brake pumps to do this.
I had planned to do this after I replaced
the shocks, but it was late and I
Moral of the story:
1. Finish one job at a time. 2. Do
not work on critical systems when
you are tired. 3. If you cannot avoid
hitting a house, choose one that doesn't
belong to a Director of the company
you work for!
Kurt in California
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time, new brake fluid becomes contaminated
with water. Brake fluid may contain
1 to 2% water after just one year.
Water lowers the boiling point. Hydraulic
brake systems stop working if the
brake fluid is boiling. Something
to think about especially if descending
a steep grade with a heavy trailer.
DOT 3 brake fluid boils at what temperature
new and with 3.7% water contamination?
A. 401° F (205°
C) new, 284° F (140° C) with
B. 500° F (260° C) new, 418°
F (214° C) with 3.7% water
C. 366° F (185 ° C) new, 245°
F (118° C) with 3.7% water
Regenerative Brake Wear
Electric cars and hybrids use regenerative
braking. Does that mean these cars
will eventually have expensive regenerative
brake doohickeys to replace? No, regenerative
braking is just a routine duty performed
by the electric car’s big electric
motor/generator when it is not busy
propelling the car.
Here is how it works.
To make the car go, electrical current
from the batteries is sent through
the motor’s rotor, a shaft with
wire wrapped around it, creating an
electromagnet. The magnetic fields
of the electromagnet and motor’s
permanent magnet repel each other,
which spins the rotor. The energy
from the spinning rotor is used to
turn the car’s wheels.
To stop the car,
the electric motor becomes a generator.
Electrical current from the batteries
to the rotor is shut off, but the
rotor and its wire coils are still
spinning. Spinning a wire coil next
to a permanent magnet induces current
in the wire. This electrical current
is siphoned off to recharge the batteries.
As more current is generated in the
wire windings, the rotor experiences
more resistance to its movement as
it passes through the permanent magnet’s
magnetic field. This magnetic friction
slows the rotor and subsequently slows
the car’s wheels.
can be laid out in a kid’s science
project, but of course the real electrical
motor/generators are much more complex
with brushes, bearings, switches,
computers, and lots of other parts
involved. Electric motors fail, but
using generator mode to stop the car
is not fundamentally harder on the motor than using it to make the car go. The motor/generator is happy whether
spinning its rotor faster or slowing
So what can
go wrong with a brake system that
includes regenerative braking? The
brake pads often need to only cut
the last 5 or 10 mph off the hybrid
vehicle’s speed. That is light
duty for brake pads and pads can last
a very long time. Unfortunately, on
some hybrids it is too light and the
use-it-or-lose-it rule kicks in. The
brake pads may rarely heat up and
dry out like they do on regular cars.
Original equipment brake pads may
form a surface glaze that generates
noise. Or constant moisture may cause
pads to delaminate from the metal
backing plate. When a hybrid’s
pads do need changing, RockAuto has
replacement pads by brake manufacturers
including ACDelco, Akebono, Aisin,
Beck/Arnley, Bendix, Centric, Monroe,
Raybestos, and Wagner.
|Vladimir's 1976 Chrysler New Yorker
was always very fond of Chryslers,
and in 1976 I first noticed Chrysler's
New Yorker, which was the same car
as an Imperial in the prior two year
model run. Instantly, I loved the
flowing curves of this huge car, with
its sculpted massive bumpers, pillow
topped Corinthian leather seats, and
smooth powerful 440 V8. But, there
was no way I could afford this new
car at the time.
when gasoline prices were spiking
and people were looking for smaller
more economical cars, I came across
this 1976 New Yorker, St. Regis two
door beauty, and bought it. Soon it
took a permanent place in my garage,
got a repaint, and rechromed bumpers,
among other things. RockAuto, has
been my main source of parts for this
car and others.
I love the
wholesaler closeout emails, that have
allowed me to purchase parts at real
bargains. Some parts I know I will
have to replace sooner or later, like
brake parts and hoses, wheel bearings,
pinion and axle seals, transmission
filters etc., so I can't resist to
buy them ahead of time. And of course,
with quick shipping, regular great
prices, it's hard to beat RockAuto
for your many car needs.
Vladimir in New York
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time, new brake fluid becomes
contaminated with water. Brake
fluid may contain 1 to 2% water
after just one year. Water lowers
the boiling point. Hydraulic
brake systems stop working if
the brake fluid is boiling.
Something to think about especially
if descending a steep grade
with a heavy trailer. DOT 3
brake fluid boils at what temperature
new and with 3.7% water contamination?
401° F (205° C) new,
284° F (140° C) with
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