NCReatta Posted March 31, 2015 Share Posted March 31, 2015 Backstory time: About a week ago I left for a 3200 mile trip to Oklahoma, up to Michigan, then back to home sweet home North Carolina.About 4 hours into the trip (traversing the mountains in western NC), my brakes started to feel a little soft. Going down much further than normal.I figured I had an intermittent sticky caliper as it would be free and solid most of the time, but occasionally it would go low.I continued on to Oklahoma, completed the deal out there (it went OK), braved a tornado, headed north, drove through some snow (I'm waiting for locusts next), picked up some Reatta parts I had stored at Larry Schramm's (thanks Larry!!), bought a car (or two) in Flint, loaded up, headed south, visited some customer's houses, and eventually made my way to Cincinnati area. Thats when the brakes started to get real bad. Soft pedal ALL the time, bad grinding sounds, etc. I had one last stop at BCA Board member Brian Clark's house to drop off a part he needed for his son's Reatta.I figured it was now or never to take a look at my brakes before I headed over the mountains in West Virginia to certain death. After we got the part installed on the Reatta, I asked Brian if we could take a look at my brakes. Turns out they were much worse than I had thought.Ultimately, BOTH front calipers were sticking, leaving the pads very unevenly worn. A trip to O'Riley's and an hour fixed that pretty easily. Drove the truck around the block, pedal was still soft, and the grinding noise was still coming from the rear. Then we pulled the rear drums off only to find that on the driver's side the back shoe's lining had completely separated from the backing plate. The front was missing quite a chunk as well O'Riley's also, lucky enough, had the rear shoes in stock. It took a little longer figuring those out (not your typical drum brakes), but we finally got those back together and functioning fully again. Had it not been for Brian, his son Aaron, and his step son Bill, who knows which mountain I could've ended up off the side of!I'm so thankful for this club and the people like Brian that make it up. Good, solid people who don't hesitate to help someone are the kind of people that make a club great. Oh, and a shameless plug: Vote Brian Clark for BCA Board 2015! Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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