Sunday, September 10, 2006

The high hard one

  • Did the brakes on the Dodge over the weekend. Turns out I like my brake pedal like I pitch in softball- high and hard.

  • I used Autozone's DuraStop brand parts. Pads and rotors for both front wheels was $45. While I don't know how long they will last, I am impressed with the stopping power. Took no time at all for the pads to seat in, and I noticed a definite improvement. That is in contrast to the Contour, where when I did the brakes last year, I used a more expensive fancy brake pad. I've never been happy with the performance. They work fine, they just don't have a good feel.

  • On the way home from the above Autozone, my car got hit by a golfball flung off the fine links of the Blue Island Park District's "Meadows" golf course. Hit about 6 inches away from the edge of the roof of the vehicle. The manager was nice about it, but gave me the impression that they weren't going to do much about it. Sort of gave me the vibe that it was my problem to go find the golfer who did it and make him take care of it. I intend to get an estimate from one of those paintless dent repair places, and hopefully they'll take care of me. At the very least, I want some free golf. And let me tell you, that made a heck of a noise when it hit. Think of that cartoon sound effect of a bucket on someone's head being hit with a pipewrench.

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