Friday, March 11, 2011

Trampolines, Brakes, and Rotors

Well, the last couple of days were rather different. First, we had a couple introduce Beth and I to Airobics, which is aerobics on trampolines.  Second, after 42 years, I learned how to change the brakes and replace the rear rotors on our car.....

First, we were invited to go with a couple in our hall to Sky High for Airobics.   This place is awesome.  The kids went over to the kids area and jumped around then moved over to a jump pit.  This jump bit was made up of three trampolines followed by a pit of foam blocks.  We could see them the whole time and they never took a break.  Later they played dodge ball on trampolines!!!!

Beth and I as well as Matt and Sabrina joined the class.  Basically the class consists of different exercises on the trampoline and lasts for 55 minutes.  It was pretty fun as you jumped around with twenty other people following the instructor.  It was extremely enjoyable.

Second, I have to say I have really needed to have the brakes done on the car.  I mean when you hear the grinding sound, it is never good.  I was talking with our neighbor and he offered to show me how to change the brakes.  This is the same neighbor that Myles ran into the back of his trucks tailgate,  he still feels pretty bad about that.  He has done race cars and his own vehicles, so I was pretty confident he could show me what to do.

Now I had gone online to see how simple it was and talked with workmates that were in the know (I mean I work for AAA so there are "experts" everywhere) and got scared off.  Now having one car and really not trusting repair shops, and having a tight budget, I kept putting it off.  This is probably something I should have learned years ago; however, I was spoiled having a father who owned a tire and auto repair shop.  It is finally catching up to me.

So when the neighbor offered, I quickly agreed.  We had the front brakes off and replaced within 30 minutes. In fact we also rotated the tires in the process. 

The rear brakes were a different.  We quickly realized we had to replace the rotors.  No problem.  Took those off, replaced the brakes in another 45 minutes.  After we were done, tested, retested, then retested the brakes again and they were solid.  The noise was gone and I could have peace of mind again.

I am extremely appreciative of the time that our neighbor took and now I know what to do!!!  Thank you.

1 comment:

  1. Ok, so I read the first part to Shannon. He told me to avoid your car at all cost. Reading that you had help, made it all good again! Congratulations Big Brother! You'll be in the automotive business before you know it. :)