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May 12th, 2003

May. 12th, 2003

I finally got around to writing a bulk-import script for my photo application, so now I have photos of our trip to Alton Towers and the now-finished s3kr!t pr0j3kt (don't blame me if you don't think it's exciting).

Saw Indiana Jones & Raiders Of the Lost Ark on TV last night. I'd actually only seen bits of it before, a long time ago, so it's nice to see more of it. Fun :)

Attempted to change the rear brake pads on the car, only to find that one of the pins holding the pads in place seems to be comprehensively siezed. Oh well, off to a garage for it after all that... it would probably help if I had a proper tool for punching them out, hrmph.

eleven quid. eleven fucking quid for two brake pin punch tools. i felt like punching someone myself when I saw that.
phew... brake pads changed, eventually. the punches I got were too wide for the holes (grrrr) but were able to get the pins moving so that I could push them out with a screwdriver. I guess you don't expect to get beautiful clean parts on a car 12 years old-- but the pins and pads seemed to be covered with caked brake dust. Anyway, I finally got them out-- had to deviate somewhat from the Haynes book to get the new pads in, but that seems to be normal. The wear on the pads seems awfully uneven-- one is down to 1mm, one still looks to have about 10-15mm. Hmm, I think I need to keep better track of my tyre pressures and get the wheels balanced again.


Steve Haslam

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