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#1 Lauber1 OFFLINE  

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Posted February 21, 2015 - 03:03 PM

Had to put a wheel cylinder in my 92 jeep today. Man I just hate working on hydraulic brakes, give me a good set air brakes any day.  Not sure which part was the worst. Lying on the cold garage floor, the fluid that gets into and onto everything , or the lack of space they give you to even get at the dumb thing. And of course wouldn't you know the dang line wouldn't come off the back of the cylinder. I finally just wacked it, and went over to the splitter block and of course it came right off there. Ran a new line, I liked that part as I have a cool little bender to get the 27 bends in the 50" put back on it. Bled them out and were back in the stopping business again. Seems like I always have some dumb thing happen when the weather is crappy.  Did I mention I really hate working on hydraulic brakes?


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 03:39 PM

"Lying on the cold garage floor"

 

hahaha..you have a floor to work on?I have a gavel driveway and thats it..


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 03:41 PM

Nothing like freezing your hands off trying to fix an unexpected breakdown on the coldest day of the year. A heated workshop is something I've always wanted?


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 04:10 PM

But I do understand what your saying..air is much easier to work on.



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Posted February 21, 2015 - 04:13 PM

Yep their a joy to replace especially when ya get to the end and it's an inch short .Exhaust pipes  also rate high on my fun stuff to fix list.

But I look at it this way,if I had to pay a shop to fix a $8 brake line they would want a couple hundred bucks so that does ease the pain a bit. 


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 04:17 PM

I refuse to work on Exhaust..


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 04:49 PM

I also hate doing brakes.  Even with a shop and raising the vehicle up on a jack and jack stands it's still a PITA to get down and work on them, especially drum type. My son just replaced a gasket on the oil cooler on his wife's VW.  I told him to put the car on the carport and at least he would have smooth concrete to lay on.  Do you think he did that? Nooooooo!  on the gravel on the coldest day this year.  I guess being young can handle it better.  Not this one! :smilewink:


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 04:59 PM

"Lying on the cold garage floor"

 

hahaha..you have a floor to work on?I have a gavel driveway and thats it..

I did that for many a yr. Then I build the shop and have some place to come inside. I don't care how much heat you got, when its Iowa and its Feb its going to be cold at floor level. I should just flipped it over then the work would have been on top, where all the heat normally is. I like the heat, but it costs a lot to run it, starting out in a cold building.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:07 PM

I did that for many a yr. Then I build the shop and have some place to come inside. I don't care how much heat you got, when its Iowa and its Feb its going to be cold at floor level. I should just flipped it over then the work would have been on top, where all the heat normally is. I like the heat, but it costs a lot to run it, starting out in a cold building.

I know a guy that has some kind of mat he lays down on the concrete floor..it warms it right up.



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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:09 PM

I hated laying on cold concrete floor.  I friend was re-carpeting his house so I took it.

put 1/2" insulation  board down, 1/2" plywood, then the carpet over it for my bench and work area (10x40).

cut some up for several pieces 4x4 and put them around the garage.

Use the 4x4 pieces the lay on while work on the cars and the garden tractors.

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Plan on putting some more down when I find some.

My work garage is 30x40 and plan on putting carpet in most of it, except where I park a car to work on (10x20).

 

if the carpet gets bad I can always find more.

 

helps keep the garage warmer and easier to heat.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:12 PM

something like this is what he has http://www.radianthe...ow-melting-mats

 


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:17 PM

Auburn, YOUR gravel drive is Warm, don't pull that on us!!  When younger in High School had to work in winter on ground and used cardboard to lay on, best I got at time. Wouldn't even think of that now. I have heated garage, just have to remove half of stuff to get in. MY Jeep was in there in Dec with problems. MY Jeep TJ has pretty straight brake lines to axle, couple of small multi-bend ones on the axle and to the cylinder. Anymore seems easier to just remove the old cylinders and buy new, no problems. This one just happened to come loose easy, kind of rare.  Even with heated garage, as said, still cold on floor for long time. Mine is on ceiling and blows hard accross the building, sort of in my work area, not bad standing up. AND, the vehicle drips all over you and floor if it is winter and snow on it, brushed off or not! I find more and more that I just want to take stuff to garages and pay the money and be happy. Getting too old for under car stuff any more.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:18 PM

I guess i'll have to do like all the old guys here and move down south in winter, where its balmy.


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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:50 PM

Rule #35 Brake lines do not leak unless it is stinkin' cold outside.

Note: Rule #35 also covers fuel lines. I can't resist. This is thermometer in my garage

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Posted February 21, 2015 - 05:51 PM

We have been in the 20 the past 3 days..but its 70 today...






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