The first day of the new year gave me some time out to continue last year’s unfinished projects.
The previous owner of my car evidently punched a hole through the console bin and the carpet piece over it. I’ve been wanting to change it for the longest time and recently found a covering I thought I’d like. The original was a gray carpet piece of the same material as the cabin carpeting. It looked okay, but rather dull.
Last week I took notice of a coaster on our counter at home. It was made of a nylon fabric made by Chilewich, a home decor fabric that’s lately been popular. The coaster was brown and I thought that in black it might be the right piece for the console.
I found that Macy’s sells Chilewich place mats and at $12, quite reasonable. A placemat, I thought would be large enough to make two and possibly three pieces.
Using the original carpet piece as a guide I cut into the place mat with a pair of scissors. Into the car it went, over the original carpet piece, with the edges tucked under.
Easy fix and if after a while I get tired of it, easily replaceable.
The front disc brake pads, however, were not as easy for me. In the time remaining in the afternoon, I was only able to replace the driver side pads.
I believe an experienced mechanic might have been able to do both fronts in less than an hour. But, mechanic, I am not and this was the first time for me. It was a learn by trial.
The procedure was pretty straightforward:
- Remove wheel, disconnect the two sensors;
- Punch out the two holding pins;
- Remove holding clip;
- Use screw driver to encourage the pistons to move away from the pads;
- Remove pads;
- Insert new pads;
- Insert new sensors;
- Return holding pins and clip;
- Remount wheels.
The hardest part about it was getting the pistons to retract fully to give enough space to insert the new pads. It was difficult to get a C-clamp into the space to do it with ease. I think I’ll have to devise a system or device to make it easier.
Next session, I’ll work on the passenger side fronts, bleed and refill the system.