Hiding In Plain Sight
DIY damage that’s hard to spot can be incredibly dangerous!
Major repairs should never be put off. Salvatore Salaris, owner and operator of Precision Auto and Truck Repair in Mississauga, had a customer learn this the hard way. “The customers waited too long to get his front brakes done on his 2018 Ford F150 and this happened,” Salaris explained. “The front brake pad fell out of the caliper and went into his rim!”
Ken Hau, of Enterprise Rent-a-Car in Etobicoke, Ont. was working on a 2019 Ford Transit that arrived with no brake fluid, and the brake pedal to the floor when he saw this rusty surprise. “The pads were worn down to nothing and wearing into the caliper,” Ken shared. “I’m not sure if we will get the core back because the caliper is so badly scored.”
Rich Forsey, of Fairview Automotive in Penticton, B.C., was working on a 2008 Volkswagen Jetta because the check engine light was on. The client had fixed the rear brakes, but a noise was coming from the rear. As it turns out, both the inner and outer brake pads were installed backwards!
Les Dobos of Les Dobos Monterey Park Auto Centre in Calgary, Alta. had a client come in complaining of a “snap” sound. “The metal-to- metal brake pad wore away the inner face of the rotor until the cooling fins were exposed,” Les shared. The customer realized there was a bigger problem when the rotor caught the caliper piston at a wrong angle.