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Old 05-15-2004, 02:08 PM
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The worst brakes I have even seen

I got home from work today, and my Grandmother asked me if I wouldn't mind looking at the brakes on her '92 Cadilliac Sedan de Ville. So after jacking the car and pulling the tires I got the surprise of the day.

From what I'm told, the last brake job on this car was almost 6 years ago!!!! After seeing the driver side pads and rotor, I wouldn't doubt it. The groves were about 1/8" deep. The wear on the outside pad was so uneven, the front of the pad was to the metal and the material gradually grew to about 1/8" at the rear of the pad. It didn't even sit in the groves right, it looked like it was crooked in the caliper. It was the wierdest thing I had ever seen when doing brakes.

Here are a couple pics.

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Old 05-15-2004, 05:54 PM
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Oh come on, you can get another 100k out of them.

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It looks like the calipers are sticking and keeping pressure on the outside pads. You need to clean up the rusted slides and lubricate them to prevent it from happening again.
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that aint nothing, back in 76 i worked in a bone yard & an old black guy came in w/a rotor that had be worn so bad that it was in 2 pieces. funny part was he had asked for one just like it & we i brough him the correct one he looked at me & said, "NO, I need a 2 piece one"...lol, i couldnt believe that he said that & he reallt thought it was a 2 piece rotor too.....joe
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Here's another Cadillac brake story: When I was a kid, I had a chance to drive a brand new '53 Cadillac. I had read, in Motor Trend, that the top speed was 113 mph, so, naturally, I had to see if that was true. On a 2 lane road, I found that the top speed was at least that, plus speedometer error. As I was approaching a slower car, I began to apply brake pressure. It was like throwing a toggle switch! Position one: brakes. Position two: no brakes. Those drum brakes were totally inadequate. I won't go into the details as to what happened next, but God spared me for many more years of foolishness.
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Old 05-16-2004, 11:02 AM
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It looks like the calipers are sticking and keeping pressure on the outside pads. You need to clean up the rusted slides and lubricate them to prevent it from happening again.
I did that, the slides had a little rust on them, but not much. I have a feeling that it didn't take much. I got everything cleaned up and lubed, stops great now.

Chris
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