That’s not supposed to happen.

About a week ago I was driving when a woman in a jeep decided to make a right turn out of a little ceasar’s parking lot. Apparently for her to do this she needed to swerve all the way into in the left lane right in front of me. Because I guess, Jeeps are not capable of making right turns like every other vehicle on the road, and they need another half a lane to get around the corner. My personal experience with Jeeps tells me this is not true, but maybe hers was “special”.

I slammed on the brakes - and they broke. The passenger side rotor cracked into pieces. Looking at the rotor it seems there was already a crack in the rotor (as evidenced by the inside of the crack being rusted) - the emergency stop just was too much for the “good” part of the rotor to keep holding on.

Changing rotors on the SAAB 96 requires pulling the hub. Surprisingly the axel nut was not too difficult to get off. Everything else though was a total pain. The SAAB rotors are bolted on to the in-side of the hub, which means I have to take the hub off the axle, and re-bolt the hub into a wheel (to hold it still) so I can unbolt the rotor from the hub.


^ Weirdo hub showing holes for wheel bolts and rotor bolts.


^ New rotor bolted in.

SAAB 96 rotors are not so easy to find these days, but I was able to locate a pair in the U.S. for $50 each. Sigh. Not cheap for a simple solid rotor. But a parts yard wanted me to fork over $75 for a used one! I hate profiteers.


I also noted that the passenger side calliper is due for a rebuild. Will probably get to that when I redo the front end.

Although I’m annoyed at Jeep-woman for recklessly endangering me, I’m glad this happend a few miles from my house and not out in the middle of nowhere.