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Old 04-15-2008, 08:45 AM
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Funny show tonight.. Hear ME curse in 3 languages !!!!

Last night on the way home, Rt 183 came to a screeching halt. My "screeching" involved the car swerving to the left really hard on brake application. The rest of the way home I smelled burning brake pads. Well when I finally reached my exit, I had a nice pulsation. I'd noticed a slight pull to the right for a few days now and recall the same swerve to the left a few weeks ago. By the time I reached the dry cleaners drive-thru across from my apartment, my brake pedal was near the floor. Boiled brake fluid thanks to a frozen right front caliper. By the time I parked, the right front wheel was burning hot and the left was "warm". Guess what I'm doing tonight ?!?!

I left to work early this morning to avoid traffic, and figured in the cooler weather, I wouldn't boil the fluid. Success on that part. I put the car on a lift at 6:30am and started the PB Blasting. I have a funny feeling I'll be breaking some brake lines tonight. Gonna replace front calipers and front & rear hoses. If you're in the neighborhood after 6pm tonight, bring a chair, some popcorn and watch the multi-lingual cursing. Just bring a welders mask and some kevlar for "flying tool" protection. Observe at your own risk !!!!!
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:52 AM
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I had my calipers seize on my 300D recently but I feel part of the reason was that the car hadn't been driven for over 6 years. I'm surprised that could happen on a daily driver.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:55 AM
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Doesn't surprise me. Even tho I drive it daily since I got it last April, it only has 247K - 232 when I got it. The P/O only put 4000 miles on it in the 4 years he had it. All 4 rotors were pitted to $hit when I got it.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:05 AM
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I guess there's probably a good reason to change the brake fluid on a regular basis on these cars.
Good luck.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:18 AM
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Left caliper is a week away... Right one and hoses should be here in a few hours.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:25 AM
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This is where obsessive compulsive preventative maintenance comes in. I replaced all my brake hoses a few years ago, and replace my brake fluid every 1-2 years. Have never had a brake problem.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:34 AM
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I've had cars that I had owned over 10 years where I never changed the brake fluid. I never had any caliper problems with them. They weren't Mercedes either.
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Old 04-15-2008, 11:40 AM
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I don't really see caliper problems with late model cars when brake fluid is neglected. We just see ABS pumps go bad... lol.
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Old 04-15-2008, 09:56 PM
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dang it!! I was hoping to make it by there this evening Ronny. I even had the Hazets in the car, but work didn't cooperate. I hope the work is going/went well......
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:27 PM
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I've had cars that I had owned over 10 years where I never changed the brake fluid. I never had any caliper problems with them. They weren't Mercedes either.
My dad said the same thing with his old truck, "you never need to change brake fluid, I havn't done it ever and my truck is 12 years old."

Well when he did his front brakes on a farce since he got some brake fluid on special at NAPA he flushed them like I do to my car every spring.

Now he flush's the brakes everytime he changes pads. The 12 year old black as tar brake fluid, plus the greatly improved pedal feel made even my very frugal dad agree that spending $3 and 10 minutes every few years is probably a pretty good idea.
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Old 04-15-2008, 10:35 PM
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I may think differently about our ABS equipped Acura. On the others, I'll follow the owner's manual on the brake fluid flush schedule.
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Old 04-16-2008, 11:25 AM
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All went surprisingly well. All 4 hoses came off without a hitch. I only replaced the right caliper since the left one is 10 days away. I didn't drive it home tho. I couldn't find a pressure bleeder at 9:15pm so I gravity bled for 15 minutes. Seemed like no air in the system but when I went to back out, the pedal was spongy so I slummed a ride home. I took a 2008 Audi S8... OMFG !!! Hmm, what's the employee discount ?

And I only cursed in 2 languages..
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Old 04-16-2008, 12:39 PM
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:14 PM
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I think the kid in the black WRX is STILL sitting at that red light..

Torque everywhere in the rev band. Cruising at 75 mph and there's a nice,distant Lambo exhaust note. Get LOUD with the pedal and the butterflies open up in the mufflers and it hauls ass. Rides surprisingly well for wearing 265/35ZR 20 Yokohama Advan Sports and the 15 inch front rotors just haul it to a stop. And being used to Quattro from my W8(and Skip Barber training ) it certainly drifts nicely. Now if I can only take the manual R8 home tonight.....

"Gimme something big. Something I can shove. AWDEE S8...."
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Old 04-16-2008, 01:53 PM
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I love big German sedans...

The only thing that can make a big German sedan better...is a V12.
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