A little over a week ago, I had to do emergency field repairs on the boss’s van. A bad tire on the right rear had pounded the shock absorber to death. When I got it off, you could rock the shaft of the shock back and forth in the main tube. I don’t think I’ve ever seen one quite that far worn out and still on the vehicle.
I had to get two tires replaced on the bossman’s van in Indy last week. Leaning against the wall outside the store’s door was a chrome wheel with a slight bend in the rim, and a tire that was thoroughly trashed for almost exactly half its circumference. (The other half was low-wear.)
My comment to the sales guy: “I’ll bet he was pissed that you couldn’t fix it.”
Since you’re on a brake kick, I have a relevant question that just came up.
I’m doing a complete brake rebuild on my first project vehicle. Previous owner replaced at least the rear brake line with coated auto part shop line. I think it was pre-cut and a few inches too long, so it was bent over right after the lock nut such that I had to straighten it to loosen the lock nut so I could replace the wheel cylinder.
In doing so, I inadvertently scraped off some of the coating. Advice on what, if anything, I should do to recoat it?
@Limewater Brake fluid easily washes off with water. Might be worthwhile to bleed the brakes first, hose off the fluid, dry the line, and then apply the touch-up. Just make sure that none of the local livestock laps up the water.