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Unread 04-10-2006, 02:32 PM   #1
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My Day at the track, anyone ever destroy a caliper?

So I went to the track yesterday, Gingerman, to be specific. I was having a great time except I was unhappy with the brake pads I was running. The car felt good and I felt Like I was lapping pretty quickly. The 3rd or 4th session I was out was going really well, i was getting ready to come off (early I ran with the group before for a couple of laps), but decided to do one more lap to cool down, turn 5 shit hits the fan, I goto use some brakes and press my foot to the floor and have nothing happen. At which point I coast off into the grass and sit there, a cornerworker comes over and tells me to sit tight for the rest of the session and then drive it off slowly.

I came into the paddox area and get the car parked and take a look and I am definitly leaking brake fluid at my drivers side front wheel. Take the wheel off and look at the caliper and the rubby thing on the piston was just destroyed and I could see the fluid leaking out. Unfortunatly I did not get a picture of it. I had to get the car towed to a dealer cause I was in the middle of no where and so I found a ride out to Grand Rapids to crash at my buds place. Car got to the dealer this morning and they fixed it (new caliper and front pads) and I'm back in Lansing. It was one of the most painless experiences I have ever had with a dealer they were very fast and had parts that I never expected them to have to get this job done quickly for me. The only bad thing was the price I paid, it was a job I could have done for about 1/3 of what they charged me, but when your in a jam your fucked, so I did it and now await a pretty hefty credit card bill.

Will this keep me from going to the track again, I'm guessing not, it might make me wait a little longer until I can pay my bills, But I will be back.
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Unread 04-10-2006, 03:05 PM   #2
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You're lucky that you had area to coast off. Good think you were able to get it fixed quickly too.

On a side note, when you watch professional driver's foot work when they are coming down fast straights, you almost always see them tap the break pedal a few times before they reach the breaking zone. They do this to 1) check for break pedal pressure 2) pump the breaks up so the pedal catches right at the top so they can drive as deep as possible into the turn. Just something interesting if you haven't noticed before
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Unread 04-10-2006, 06:56 PM   #3
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The guy I went with didn't get any good pics of me, I am waiting to see if people post anything good if so I will throw some pics up, and I was unable to get any photos from the official photographers cause I was busy dealing with how to get my car fixed and home
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