Gimmie a brake (job)

Ticking items off the “things that might kill me about my Jag” list, I finally replaced the front brake pads after several weeks of obnoxious squealing. The fun thing about Jag brake pads is that they lack wear indicators. When they start squealing it means you’re milling the retaining clip down to nothing.

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Meh. Not bad. One thing that’s *AWESOME* about these Jaguars is that they have four-piston rear brakes with rear-loading brake pads. This means that, for a 4000lb car, it can stop pretty competently. It also makes pad changes super easy since the caliper can stay mounted to the car. Couple cotter pins, slip out the guide dowels, shove the pistons back and the pads slip right out.

Look at that monster! 11.3 inch (I believe) rotor with a pretty respectable amount of surface area.

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Autozone doesn’t have a tool that works with dual-piston calipers. Improvisation was required.

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Oh. Ah, yeah. Those could use replacement for sure. Worth noting that a whole set of new front pads was $8. Neat.

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Loaded and ready to go. Blasted everything with brake cleaner because I’m sure my greasy-ass gloves touched something they weren’t supposed to, despite my care taken to avoid it.

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Couple of cats.

Get it?

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So this was a source of annoyance when I got my factory wheels mounted on the car. I needed these obnoxiously specific lug nuts to make them work. Not only are they what I’m told is the “long shank mag wheel style”, but they’re a special Euro thread pitch.

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Neato.

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Re-fill my power steering fluid (a weekly procedure at this point) and I’m all good to go. Brake ability isn’t really much better than it was but I’m sure these are less likely to heatsoak and they’re FAR quieter than the old ones were. Happy day!

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