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More Joys of Car Ownership

Posted Sunday, April 5th, 2009 07:11 pm GMT -6 in Cars

Just when I thought I had seen the last of the car issues for a while, the brake light in the MINI came on again. I did the front brake pads myself in November 2007, followed by the rear pads last April.

By the looks of it, the rear passenger side caliper is stuck. The replacement part costs about $180 and I’d need to order two new rear pads also, which cost $85. A MINI-owning friend of mine says I could do the installation myself, but it would require bleeding the brakes, which I’m not sure I want to do myself.

The rear pad is worn down to about 2-3mms, so I’ll need to get it fixed soon (the other three pads are all still fine). Too bad I don’t live close enough to my job to walk or drive – cars are really starting to get on my nerves…

Originally published by DK on April 5, 2009 at 7:11 pm

3 Responses to “More Joys of Car Ownership”

  1. chuck goolsbee Says:

    Brake bleeding is a fairly easy task. Basically it is a process of removing air from the hydraulic lines that operate your brakes. It does take two people, unless you gat a pressure, or vacuum bleeder. The traditional way is to have your assistant (I use my son) slowly press the brake pedal, while I open the bleed valve and let the air bubble out. The key is to close the valve as they let up the pedal, and open it while they press it.

    The only tough part is dealing with brake fluid. Unless it is silicone, brake fluid is pretty toxic and will strip paint of metal in a matter of minutes. Just wear gloves and use a big old mayonnaise jar for your bleeder.

    I even managed to do the job by myself on the Jag once, using a stick to operate the pedal while bleeding.

    –chuck

  2. chuck goolsbee Says:

    NPR’s ‘car Talk” had a lady on it last weekend with a similar issue.

  3. Live from Minnesota - David Kingsbury’s 7 Minute Miles Blog » Blog Archive » MINI Rear Brake Pads (Again) Says:

    […] I mentioned a few weeks ago, the rear brake pads on my 2005 MINI Cooper needed replacement after only a year. […]

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