Question # 1: Recently, a friend asked me to slice up some brake rotors because he wanted to use them in a different way. Anybody care to take a guess at what his intention is? (Bonus if you can tell me what kind of car they fit.)
Question #2: There are people out there that buy old brake rotors for the scrap metal value. It’s usually about $1.50 per rotor. Does anybody have any other interesting uses for old brake rotors? I’d love to hear them or see pictures of them!
Recently, I did some work on a 2001 Toyota Tundra because it had begun spitting antifreeze through the grille with the force of 1000 agitated llamas. I swapped out the severely cracked radiator and took it for a test drive to make sure the thermostat and heat were working properly again. Fortunately, the heating & cooling system worked flawlessly. Unfortunately, somebody had replaced the brake pedal with a partially deflated water balloon. It quickly became apparent that braking was not one of this truck’s finest features. It didn’t grind, but it didn’t stop either. I ever so gently coasted it back to the garage and pulled the wheel to see what what the rest of the night would look like for me.
What did I find you ask? Well, two things actually.
1) About 1/3 of the brake pad surface still touching the rotor and an inner pad that was almost down to the metal. Fun times.
2) Hey look! 4 piston calipers and 12.5″ rotors!! Sweet!
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