Right, then...

Finally set out to refresh the brakes on the BMW. Got the space logistics worked out, back end on stands and hit the first hurdle: Goddamn Goodyear shop used a pneumatic impact wrench and torqued the shit out of the lug nuts (month ago when I got new tires). Had to stand on the goddamn breaker bar to get the bolts loose. But got it done, then back to work when I hit the second hurdle: Goddamn wheels were stuck on the car. Regardless, application of a mallet go them off which showed that Goodyear didn’t do any clean up on the hub where it mates with the wheel, no anti seize, nothing. Didn’t even clean up some of the nests or whatever was there from when the car was sitting. Grrr...

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OK, fine, back to work. Got caliper off, bracket off, removed bolt holding disc on (only 1, interestingly) and...it’s stuck. OK, there’s some rust, clean it up with a wire brush and hit it with some liquid wrench and let it sit while I start on the other wheel. Come back, still nothing (yes, E brake was off). Quick! To the internet! YouTube shows video using a hammer (discs were going to get scrapped, so no big deal). Beat the piss out of it with a hammer and a mallet and...nothing. Even with the bigger hammer.

Inspector Harry Calahan, SFPD, once stated “A man’s got to know his limitations.” Sage words, those. So, I buttoned everything a back up and contacted the local indy shop to see if they’ll install the parts I already bought. If not, then I have to see if FCP Euro will take them back, with a reasonably restocking fee.

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Now, I’m showered, snacking on cheese and pondering my first beverage... Sometimes things just don’t work out...

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