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Old 02-09-2007, 02:12 AM   #1
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Default i fucked up today and let someone else work on my car

I let a guy at my dad's shop do the timing belt and brakes.

I know the brakes are fucked, and it has to be the rear rotors. I told the guy about the screw adjustment in the rear. He either pressed the pistons in without backing out the screw, or forgot to reset the screw.

I basically had to time the car myself, and he overtensioned the bel.

I have to drive 3 hours tomorrow for work. Too bad my shitty vw is dead, or I'd drive it instead.
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sucks man. I refuse to pay shop prices, so if a job gets fucked up, its my fault. I didnt know about any screw adjustment, when ive had the calipers off i just use a vice to push the piston back. Well, good luck getting to work tomorrow, hopefully you make it there safely.
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Old 02-09-2007, 08:38 AM   #3
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yeah, I didn't pay for any of this since it was dad's shop...but jesus **** it wasn't worth the risk, and I knew it the whole time.
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yeah, im lucky, if i ever need work done and dont wanna do it, i can just take it to mikes place... pretty sure it will get done right there
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Guess I'm lucky, I never need my car worked on. :gay:
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Old 02-09-2007, 09:57 AM   #6
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so what's wrong with the brakes? doesn't stop good?
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I'm forever grateful to my old boss for letting me do my T-belt/WP on company time using their resources
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If the screws not ajusted right you should feel that in the parking brake.
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so what's wrong with the brakes? doesn't stop good?
I have to push the pedal down a shitload before the car brakes. I'm going to **** with it tomorrow. The park brake feels normal now though, after a few uses.
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I have to push the pedal down a shitload before the car brakes. I'm going to **** with it tomorrow. The park brake feels normal now though, after a few uses.
put some fluid in the master :gay:
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Old 02-10-2007, 12:11 AM   #11
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put some fluid in the master :gay:

Its in, and bled. No air.
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bet they just didn't adjust the rears back in enough...ive had the same feeling forgetting to do so. hopefully just a 5 min fix.
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bet they just didn't adjust the rears back in enough...ive had the same feeling forgetting to do so. hopefully just a 5 min fix.
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Good luck with it.
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why didnt you just do it yourself? Cant complain about this dude ******* it up since you know you could have done the brakes in 30 minutes.
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Old 02-10-2007, 05:09 PM   #15
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why didnt you just do it yourself? Cant complain about this dude ******* it up since you know you could have done the brakes in 30 minutes.
I had to do the t belt too, and did some other **** while it was at the shop. I've been working in Santa Fe since october, and had one day to take car of a week's worth personal **** before I go to OKC for another 4 months. Traveling sucks. I didn't want to do the t-belt in the parking lot of my hotel, since I don't want to risk breaking a timing belt at the track, 5 hours from home.
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You'd think that when you send your car into a shop of a family member or family friends, it'd get done right.

But no...

Our neighbor and long time family friend owns a place for brakes and oil and tune ups etc., we must've sent our cars back a good 3 times til they got done right.

If you want something done right you gotta do it yourself, and sometimes that's a pain in the ***.

I feel your pain.
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Old 02-10-2007, 08:23 PM   #17
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If you want something done right you gotta do it yourself, and sometimes that's a pain in the ***.

I feel your pain.
Yeah, I just wasted 600 miles, and still have to o the work, and I'm really tired of driving the miata from dallas to okc. I'm picking up my rental when I get back. It sucks when you can't valet because the valet won't fit.
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I didnt know about any screw adjustment, when ive had the calipers off i just use a vice to push the piston back.
Uhhh that is bad. Go find a how-to for the miatas rear brakes..

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It turns out that it was air in the lines. However, there was like a 2" long bubble of air (in the clear bleeder tube) on a couple corners. It also didn't help that the guy mixed the 15 year old brake fluid with the $15 motul. So I bought another, and everything worked out with the brakes and timing belt. It sucks ***. Thanks for the help everyone.
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