Took a short trip down a bumpy road. Long story short, didn't make it 10 miles before the strange clunking in the front got the best of my paranoia. Couldn't figure out what was going on, so I flipped a U-ey in the middle of the road and crept back to town. It stopped on the interstate. On the way back to the interstate, though, my brakes were intermittent. Actually, instead of intermittent, it felt like the master cylinder was getting low on brake fluid. Brake peddle to the floor and not much response. So, got it home and up on some jacks:
As I was down there and taking off the drivers-side wheel, the caliper fell off
So now I'm freaking the f*** out... Get to looking closer and realize that the passenger side looks right. Like this:
Where the drivers side looks like this:
Notice anything missing?
So! Ran to O'Reilly's in my dad's Subi and grabbed some new brakes and bolt retainer-thingy's for a grand total of like $48.xx.
Got back to Asteria and took the brake pads off. The drivers' side looked like this:
The old had uneven wear all around. I'm surprised I had any brakes at all...
And the new ones:
Got the new ones installed, and by this point it's dark because I didn't know I needed a C-clamp, so I had to run to the hardware store to grab that. Finally started AGAIN at 9:00 at night. Got the passenger side on without a hitch:
But when I got to the drivers' side, the lower retaining bolt would NOT go in! Top hole:
The previous bolt in the lower hole had sheared off inside, and it's flush. So I get to wait overnight before I can grab a left-hand 9/64 drill bit to drill the damn thing out
So that's how my day went. I get to go to bed pissed and stressed. Plus tomorrow is a city holiday of sorts. We celebrate vigilante-ism here. Google "helena vigilante day" and read up. Basically, it is the oldest student-run/student-led parade in the country. Odd, but it gets us out of school, so I ain't complainin'...
I want my Jeep to be ok again...