I`m going to cast some blame at Ford for this but I work on cars for friends, family and cool people out in the general public that cross my path. I`m
so used to working on my own car that I sometimes forget basic fundamentals like a torque reading when doing common jobs like changing brake pads.
Well I was changing the front brake pads, extremely easy to do, and went to tighten down the caliper via the two guide pins. Now every car I have ever
changed pads on has the bolts that secure the caliper to the bracket are tight, so what do I do? Grab me my 1/2" wrench with a hardened T-50 or T-55
torx bit and with one motion stripped the thread out of the hole the top guide pin goes into. Hey guess what that is? The one piece knuckle assembly
that you have to remove the entire thing, including but not limited to.
Loaded brake caliper
misc ABS/speed sensor
pop the tie rod end(which could damage the part requiring further work and $$$)
detach the ball joint(same as above)
etc and etc, lots of stuff that needs special tools
Then once everything is nice and reassembled more $$$ for a proper alignment
Heli-coil(a metal coil insert used in fixing such situations) wouldn't work as there is no base to this hole, and I could not "cheat it in".
Down but not out I came up with a solution that works just fine although not OEM, there is almost enough space behind the brake pads so that a bolt
head would not cause any issues, though I did grind a few millimeters off to be sure(yeah us American Southerners use metric too rest of world)
and essentially used a series of washers and nuts as the top guide pin and very carefully tightened the lower guide pin to the proper torque. I also
put the car through an aggressive test, far more than the owner would ever push the car, to ensure that yes it did work and it did work well. It
belongs to a family member and I often like to check up on all the cars I work on for people to see the job lasts. Planning on grabbing one of the
replacement knuckle assembly at a auto salvage yard that are awesome for getting hard to find parts and upgrades from, a literal automotive treasure
hunt. Needs accessible cold beer during hot weather. The owner is satisfied and happy and after months it shows no sign of issues but I will worry
about it every time I do a brake job or another repair. So when it comes time to actually replace some of the listed parts and the struts, it will get
replaced with it.
I might not even be using the right name for that part I'm that much of a DIYer, I call it that damn thing and point to it. I know what it does and
how it works I ain`t got to know the name. You people that take your rides to a shop shuddering yet thinking about how we fix your sometimes only
means of conveyance? I could have used that ass-tastic POS self threading junk NAPA sells to fix it, yeah good luck getting that thing to hold tight
after the next brake pad job.
The biggest one came from being 5-6 years(1988ish) old and I built a fire all by myself that consumed the backyard. It went through a metal fence with
the leaves into part of the neighbors yard and engulfed a big pile of leaves there as well. I had to run and find my dad to tell him what I did, I was
proud it was the biggest thing I ever made.(Understand I am joking, I was the very definition of petrified but I knew I had to say something) No
actual damage was done other than a lot of leaves being burned and I didn't get in any trouble, I think it was I told my dad I would tell the
neighbor what happened and waiting for him to come home from work was horrible. When he did it was after dark being in the autumn so of course he
would have never seen it but I went over and rang the bell. I never met him before, my parents and he never had any interaction, didn't even know his
name. I told him what happened and we went into the yard so I could show, got to the area and said in exact censored words "Well GD, good job, I
didn't have the time to deal with all the Fing BS anyways!"
Huh, guess I felt like typing tonight.