STUFF WE LIKE: Brake Rotor Watch

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It is almost Christmas and if you have a car guy on your list, this might just be the product for you. It is a watch that is a replica of a brake rotor and caliper. The watch’s brake disc rotates if you spin it. The curved radial air vents are cast just as they are on full-scale brakes, with the ducts open all the way to the center. The cross-drilled holes are created by actually cross drilling each hole, one by one, manually. Then the friction surface is “weathered” by hand with sand paper to create a circular hairline texture simulating the look of real brake discs after hard use.”is almost Christmas and if you have a car guy on your list it can be difficult to find the right gift. AutoArt has come up with a watch that is a close replica of a brake rotor and caliper.performance-brake-watch-from-scale-model-producer-autoart-is-tech-cool-photo-gallery_5

The strap is rubber and comes with ventilation holes on both sides, to keep your disc cool and your wrist dry. You can have the Sport Caliper timepiece for a suggested retail price of $499.

Buy it at the Auto Art website

Tech Tip: Ford F150 Inner and Outer Brake Pad Mix Up

hb672On the 2010 to current Ford F150, the inner and outer pads are different. If the pads are mixed up, the caliper can hit the spokes on the wheel and cause damage.

The inner pads’ backing plate has two ears on the top of the pad that match up the the brake caliper pistons. The outer pad has a chamfer are the top.  The pads have the same ears that rest in the lands of the caliper bracket. It is possible to install the caliper over the mixed up pads and install the guide pins.

If pads are in the mixed up, when the brakes are applied the caliper could come in contact with the inside of the wheel.

Special thanks to Ford technician and YouTuber FordTechMakuloco for making this great video:

Video: Tis The Season For Crashes

It’s that time of the year again.

The weather outside is frightful, but with proper brakes and tires, it could be delightful.

Even the most skilled drivers can lose control in wintery weather conditions. Blame a little something called black ice. Even heavy snowfall can cause problems. The trick is to be extremely cautious and take your time while driving. That takes some maturity and patience, and not everyone has clued in to this bit of common sense.
So, behold this video compilation of plenty of crazy crashes thanks to frozen water and improper driving.
So be sure to be careful out there this holiday season. You don’t want to end up like any of these guys after all, do you? Of course not.

GM Offers $25 Cards to Owners Who Get Ignition Switches Fixed

The American car maker is enticing consumers with a $25 gift card for getting their cars fixed as more than a million cars are being recalled for ignition switch problems. This is a completely terrible issue for GM, considering fault switches have already been linked to at least 29 deaths. If drivers continue to use the cars in the same condition, it induces a severe threat to their lives.

The recall was originally announced in February, involving approximately 2.6 million cars. The car maker warned that the keys might pop out of the ignition, shutting down the engine, brakes, steering and airbags while the car is still running. GM said only about half of the total recalled vehicles were fixed over the course of nine months. The company also ran out of necessary parts for repairs during the process, which delayed the recall even further! According to CNN, the total cost to fix all the remaining vehicles will cross $70 million.

According to sources, this past week a GM spokeswoman said the company has sorted out the shortage of repair parts that can be used to fix the remaining lot. In order to communicate that particular message in a better way, GM is offering $25 store gift cards to those who bring in their affected vehicles to dealerships before the first day of December (which isn’t much more time!). The offer is valid for the owners of 2.6 million Chevrolet Cobalts, Saturn Ions, Buicks, Chevys, Oldsmobiles and Pontiacs that were recalled earlier this year, The New York Times reports.

“This is simply designed to encourage as many people as possible to get their vehicles repaired as quickly as possible,” James R. Cain, a company spokesman said.

Owners of these vehicles can get the car to the nearest dealership and choose $25 worth gift card for Amazon, AMC movie theaters, Applebee’s, Bass Pro Shops, Red Robin, Starbucks or Walmart.

 

Video: Two People Killed In Cement Truck Brake Failure

Two people were killed in northern Taiwan last Thursday after a cement truck driver lost control of the 21-ton vehicle.

The heavy cement truck was traveling down a steep downhill slope in the city of Keelung, Taiwan when suddenly all braking power was eliminated. The driver immediately illuminated hazard lights and aggressively attempted to steer the truck out of the flow of traffic to no avail as it approached an intersection at the bottom of the hill.

Despite evasive maneuvering, the 21-ton behemoth smashed into a campaign vehicle that was crossing through the intersection. The momentum of the cement truck was so great that it caused the campaign car to slam into a group of cars parked along the side of the road.

The driver of the campaign vehicle was killed instantaneously and the driver of the cement truck was rushed to hospital, but succumbed to his severe injuries upon arrival.

The exact cause of the brake failure is still being investigated by authorities.

Check out the candid video of the aftermath below!