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Old 11-16-2012, 01:19 PM
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redneck improvisation on rear wagon brakes...

yup. my pads wore down to the steel... and I've upgraded my wagon's rear brakes to 95 vented rotors... NONE of my parts cars have the same size pads... NONE of the stores in my area have the correct size pads for this car... one store had what they claimed to be the right ones, but alas... no.
anyway, the rear pads in the 93 300D fit in the slot, but were 10mm shorter... and they would not mount in the place, but they would fit... the holes for the pins to retain them were not aligned, so I could not use the pins to hold the spring and pads in...

the holes were close, but not close enough to fit the pins all the way through... so... um...

WARNING!!! THE FOLLOWING IS NOT A RECOMMENDATION FOR REPAIRS... DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!


coat hanger?

two layers of coat hanger?

sure, why not...

I mean it's JUST going in there long enough to get me home... only about 15 miles nearly all highway after 10PM... noworries right?

I made it home, to the dealer in the morning, to the parts house that had the pads a bit later on, and to the transmission shop to pop the car up on a lift and properly mount the new pads.

New autozoo pad that did not fit, original pad from the 95 rotors, 93 D pad....


first attempt with coat hangers on bottom, and pin on top... not quite seated... I decided the pin would fall out, leaving only the bottom holding the spring in...


car up on lift at the shop getting ready to cut the coat hangers out...



as far as I can tell, there was no wear on the coat hanger from the drive. the yellow coating was still intact all the way around the wire...

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Old 11-16-2012, 01:38 PM
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:00 PM
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Looks like a permanent fix to me That kind of work would get you a good job in Cuba.
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:04 PM
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Geez, don't tell him that, we want to keep him around
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Old 11-16-2012, 02:36 PM
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yeah! long sandy beaches, plenty of cars stacked around to work on... cigars of unparalleled quality...

the good life!@
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
1987 300TD
1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!
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Old 11-16-2012, 08:42 PM
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DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!
Right. Go to your local shop and do it there.
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Old 11-20-2012, 05:09 AM
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yeah! long sandy beaches, plenty of cars stacked around to work on... cigars of unparalleled quality...

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Don't forget the senoritas.
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:07 AM
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I thought it was going to be zip ties but you know this is so much higher quality than that! Those are some quality coat hangers there!
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Old 11-20-2012, 06:51 AM
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I always keep some anti-squeal duct tape around for situations like this.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:12 AM
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For a get you home repair, that will work fine. All the pins are doing is keeping them from jumping out.
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Old 11-20-2012, 08:23 AM
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DO NOT TRY THIS AT HOME!!!
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Right. Go to your local shop and do it there.

LOL....
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:34 PM
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Smile Coat Hanger to fix your Rubbers

Always keep a coat hanger in the trunk along with some tools.

Last Sept I drove over to Carson City, Nv. in the 240 to my Moms to spend the night and then get her to the Reno air port the next morning for a flight to Kansas City. I didn`t want her driving the 30 miles to Reno and trying to park the car for a week and get to her plane. she is 91.

I noticed when got to her house there seemed to be someting different in the way the engine was responding. not bad but something. checked everything under the hood the next morning and off we went. I noticed I had to give it more peddle to keep the same speed by the time I got to Reno.

I leave the Air Port and hit 395 and then onto I-80 back to Calif. notice every slight upgrade she was a little slower but the flats she ran good. figured it was a fuel filter. get up past Verdi, Boom Town (Casino) and the new Cabelas and from here the Hwy start to climb going up over the Sierra`s.

Finally Iam shifting down to 3rd where I should pull the hill in 4th, and one hill suddenly Iam down to 2nd. HMMM..... pull over and check under the hood, notice the rubber vibration dampner on the horizonal shaft from the firewall to the manual shutoff lever is about ripped off.

It is vulcanised to 2 pieces of metal, and after 31 yrs has given up the ghost. Iam just about to the Truckee Scales so limp up the shoulder and get in line with the big rigs until I can get to the parking lot.

Did a McGiver fix it with the Coat hanger, bending some pieces to hold it together. worked good with full power again, and made it home.

I still need to order the Dealer part, but have replaced the wire with Zip tie`s which hold it tighter. I now keep Zip Tie`s in the trunk too.

Coat Hangers are right up there with Bailing Wire and Duct Tape and even Barb Wire.

Read some other uses on another form.
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:40 PM
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Coat Hangers are right up there with Bailing Wire and Duct Tape and even Barb Wire.

...
Now that just sounds kinky Charlie.


(yes yes it was me who lowered the tone - sorry it had to be done)
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Old 11-20-2012, 12:51 PM
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Always keep a coat hanger in the trunk along with some tools.

Last Sept I drove over to Carson City, Nv. in the 240 to my Moms to spend the night and then get her to the Reno air port the next morning for a flight to Kansas City. I didn`t want her driving the 30 miles to Reno and trying to park the car for a week and get to her plane. she is 91.

I noticed when got to her house there seemed to be someting different in the way the engine was responding. not bad but something. checked everything under the hood the next morning and off we went. I noticed I had to give it more peddle to keep the same speed by the time I got to Reno.

I leave the Air Port and hit 395 and then onto I-80 back to Calif. notice every slight upgrade she was a little slower but the flats she ran good. figured it was a fuel filter. get up past Verdi, Boom Town (Casino) and the new Cabelas and from here the Hwy start to climb going up over the Sierra`s.

Finally Iam shifting down to 3rd where I should pull the hill in 4th, and one hill suddenly Iam down to 2nd. HMMM..... pull over and check under the hood, notice the rubber vibration dampner on the horizonal shaft from the firewall to the manual shutoff lever is about ripped off.

It is vulcanised to 2 pieces of metal, and after 31 yrs has given up the ghost. Iam just about to the Truckee Scales so limp up the shoulder and get in line with the big rigs until I can get to the parking lot.

Did a McGiver fix it with the Coat hanger, bending some pieces to hold it together. worked good with full power again, and made it home.

I still need to order the Dealer part, but have replaced the wire with Zip tie`s which hold it tighter. I now keep Zip Tie`s in the trunk too.

Coat Hangers are right up there with Bailing Wire and Duct Tape and even Barb Wire.

Read some other uses on another form.
Bailing Wire - The Stovebolt Forums


Charlie
in every vehicle I drive is a pack of various zip ties, a roll of duct tape, a pair of coat hangers, and a heavy set of jumper cables.
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John HAUL AWAY, OR CRUSHED CARS!!! HELP ME keep the cars out of the crusher! A/C Thread
"as I ride with my a/c on... I have fond memories of sweaty oily saturdays and spewing R12 into the air. THANKS for all you do!

My drivers:
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5Turbo
1987 190D 2.5-5SPEED!!!

1987 300TD
1987 300TD
1994GMC 2500 6.5Turbo truck... I had to put the ladder somewhere!
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Old 11-20-2012, 01:14 PM
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Now that just sounds kinky Charlie.


(yes yes it was me who lowered the tone - sorry it had to be done)
I knew you would pick up that.


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there were three HP ratings on the OM616...

1) Not much power
2) Even less power
3) Not nearly enough power!! 240D w/auto

Anyone that thinks a 240D is slow drives too fast.

80 240D Naturally Exasperated, 4-Spd 388k DD 150mph spedo 3:58 Diff

We are advised to NOT judge ALL Muslims by the actions of a few lunatics, but we are encouraged to judge ALL gun owners by the actions of a few lunatics. Funny how that works
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