Category Archives: In The Shop

No Parking Brake Friction Material

One of the common designs for parking brakes is to have a drum setup inside the rotors on the rear disc brake setup. Recently while I was replacing the rear pads and rotors on a car, I found a problem … Continue reading

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Cross-Threaded Axle Nut

I was looking through my picture archive, and somehow I’ve never posted this from over a year ago.

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No Brake Pad

I’ve seen plenty of pictures like this on the internet, but this was the first time I’ve gotten to see it in person. Unfortunately, this wasn’t a car I actually got to work on, just one I saw in the … Continue reading

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Bad Vibration in the Winter

If you notice that your car suddenly has a really bad shake or vibration, if it’s winter, it may not be a major mechanical issue.

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Dirty Air Filters, Volume 4

Since the last collection of dirty air filters I’ve posted, I’ve found so many that ones that would’ve made it into previous posts aren’t even dirty enough.

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Worn Out Brakes Are Bad For Wheels

I’ve seen plenty of worn out brakes, where the friction material is completely gone and it’s just the metal backing scraping against the rotor. All of those little particles of metal have to go somewhere, and the wheel is one … Continue reading

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Broken TPMS Hack

Most newer cars have tire pressure monitoring systems that include a sensor in each wheel. On most cars the valve stem is part of the sensor. After several years, the rubber seal may start leaking and need replacing, but if … Continue reading

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