On the way back to California, I applied the brakes as little as possible. Everytime we stopped for the rest room or gas, I could hear the wear indicators screaming at me, with the windows rolled up, the sound gripping the base of my spine. First thing Monday morning, I called Niguel Motors and Ramon told me to come on down. I drove Celeste to the garage, and Ramon met me in the parking lot. We exchanged key, names, phone number, and he estimated $200 if the disks could be turned. About twice that if they had to be replaced. He showed me his brake disk grinder, and the 3 bay garage FULL of Acura NSXs. Really nice. I walked the 1.5 miles to DDF's car where she parked it for car pool, and drove myself home (Celeste's trunk is not big enough to safely take a 29 inch mountain bike).
4 hours later, I called Ramon, and he gave me the news that the passenger side disk was ground down too much. Can't replace just one and not the other as the future wear would be very uneven. $400 instead of $200. Maybe it would have been cheaper to fly to Phoenix?
|Volvo C70 brake disks (bottom) are almost the same size as an Acura NSX's (picture in the top left)|
Next time you hear a grinding, grating sound coming from your brakes when you apply them, act promptly. You have about 2 or 3 days of light driving before those wear strips eat into the brake disks. Not 2 or 3 weeks, and not 750 miles.