Date: Fri, 18 Jul 2003 10:33:48 +0100
From: MeatballTurbo <carl.robsonnopsamcing-czechs.com>
Subject: I'm in deep pooh


1984 Saab 900 T16. Noticed Brake pads were getting bad on the front. Managed to change the pads OK on the drivers side that were causing problems, and got the pistons wound back ok, and got the handbrake sorted for that side. On the passenger side, pads not as badly worn, but changing because they should always be changed completly on both sides. Got the old ones out no problem. Tried to wind the piston back (clockwise), no joy wouldn't budge. Also the slides for the outer pad had a lot of play in them. Couldn't get the new pads in, so stuck the old ones back, and resigned taking to mechanic who would fit me a new caliper, on passenger side, as well as my pads, and possibly a new Disc on the drivers side (maybe warped, and why the pads had worn so badly, and unevenly). Dropped it off this morning, told what the problem was, and how far I had gotten, and maybe needing a new caliper and a new Disc (on opposite sides). Got a phone call, about 10 minutes ago. "Sorry sir, can't do anything about your brakes. Too many potential problems, and the need for specialist tools, best to see a Saab dealer". How many specialist tools can it take to change a brake disc, and a brake caliper on a Saab 900? I thought they were good old standard Lucas/Girling Calipers and noting out of the ordinary for fitting. Needing just a pair of Circlip pliers or a pin spanner to wind back the piston when you change pads? Can anyone help. The nearest Saab dealer is 18miles from where I live, and only really accessable by motorway (not something I fancy with substandard brakes). And I need this car back on the road by Monday, it's my daily driver. Help. -- The poster formerly known as Skodapilot. http://www.bouncing-czechs.com

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