Thursday, June 2, 2011

Can a 15 year old work as a mechanic, or is there an older "legal" age?

I'm wondering this, because, guess what? Summer's here. I'd like something to do over the summer that will earn me money, instead of costing money. I'm going to be 16 at the end of summer (Sept. 2nd). Honestly, right now, a job is a job. I'd be lucky just to get any job at all. But I want to know if I could get this type of job, because it would be more money, it would probably be more fun, and i already know well enough what I'm doing ( well, enough for a simple job, like the kind at Big-O, or Jiffy-Lube, etc.). I know how to do the simple things.

-change oil (duh).

-rotate tires.

-mount and dismount a tire.

-patch a tire (unfortunately not plug...)

-I have done drum brakes, but not too fond of them.

-disk brakes. those are so friggen easy, I think most mechanics could do them with their hands behind their backs ( slight exaggeration).

-I have changed a McPherson strut, but only once.

I'm sure there's more, but the point is, simple things along those lines. Is it legal for a 15 year old to get a job in this field, or should I just wait till I'm 16? I know that 15 (or even 14) year ODs can do most simple jobs, but not ones considered to be %26quot;hazardous%26quot;. Is this one considered to be %26quot;hazardous%26quot;? I don't see why it would be, if all of the safety rules are followed (as with everything, safety rules were the first thing I was taught).Can a 15 year old work as a mechanic, or is there an older %26quot;legal%26quot; age?
I doubt that you could qualify as a mechanic no matter how much experience you have. It depends on the state you live in, but most won't let you work in that type of environment. One way to find out is to call a lube place or some other place where you think you might want to work and ask them. You could also stop in and ask, but you might feel more comfortable calling and you can save yourself the trip.

Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?

I changed the rear shoes, hubs, springs and all the little stuff on my wife's 1990 Nissan Stanza, I got the driver side drum on, but now cant get the passenger side the heck do i get it back on and is it supposed to take a hammer to knock it back on?Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
Is the brake adjuster spun all the way back in at the very bottom of the replacement shoes? There should be no free space between the tooth adjuster wheel and the body of the adjuster that slips over the base of the shoes .

Try switching brake shoes side to side.Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
Several possibilities.

First of all, did you totally release the adjustor?

Some cars have a star wheel on a threaded shaft; other have wedges, etc.

Second is that could the parking brake be hanging up?

That should be totally loose.

Third is that the wheel cylinder could be sticking?

Make sure the piston turns easily and is not binding from rust.

Also make sure you did not turn the piston slot upside down, as they often are not flat, but slanted.

Also make sure the shoes are centered.

They can move up and down considerably.

You can have the ridge machined off the drum, but you should not have to.

It should fit because replacements should be no larger than the originals.Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
Noooo hammer! ... When you brake, the shoes wear down. But the drums wear down as well over time.

If these are the original drums there will be a ridge inside the drum on the leading edge. This is what stops the drum going back on.

The best way to remove this is in a lathe but failing that you can carefully use a grindstone in your drill

to remove most of it and the drum will just push on.

One point There is a maximum diameter for the drum which should not be exceeded. Usually if you wire brush them you will find the size stamped on it somewhere. Check this also as you may need new drums. Here in UK replacement drums are about 拢25 a pair roughly $40

Also check your handbrake adjuster.Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
no no no hammers,usually the self adjusters are all the way out by the time you put on new shoes, you need to set them back, and them adjust them out to specifications which should be in the repair manual.

drum brakes must be adjusted correctly, or else in a panic stop situation the car can lock one or more wheels and or pull to one side or the other, if you did not get a repair manual yet, go get one. it would have all the Information you need in itAre the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
did you run the adjuster all the way in? also there is a ridge on the inside edge of the drum sometimes will make it hard to get on. take the drums and have them turned down to get the edge off. don,t hammer them on or they will get stuck and the wheel won,t turn. do like i said and they will fit. try adjusting the adjuster in all the way.Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
No! There should be an adjusting screw spindle. I looks like a cowboys spur on the end of a tube. Pull the hold down tang away from the star wheel and turn the star wheel to bring the shoes closer together. Once it's on you make your preliminary adjust through the hole in the back(maybe the front) using a flat screwdriver or a brake spoon.

Good luck.Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
did you install them properly. the drum should slide right over. is the parking brake on. remember,brakes,when engaged, press out onto the inside of the drum. your parking brake %26quot;tighten's%26quot; the rear system.Are the rear Brake drums supposed to be extremely hard to get on?
adjust it in some bump shoes with hand

should be little tight but not that you have to hit it

turn adjuster make it shorter

How to fix a 1990 Ford EA Falcon Handbrake?

Ok, my handbrake started to slip a few months ago, as in it didnt grip when i put the handbrake on. I could push the car while the handbrake was on. So we tightened the handbrake from the bolt under the driver seat. after a few weeks the problem happened again, and we tightened it agen, etc etc, it happened agen, etc etc same thing every couple of weeks.

So we change the read DISC brake pads, but i read that the handbrake might be operated by a drum brake on the inner side of the disc?? anyone know if that a fact for EA's or is it a diff model that uses that?

Now that there new pads, i think its tighter, but still, i can push the car with the handbrake is on.

I read on a site there's another way to adjust it, but it didnt say how. I can't find any useful forum posts, so can someone direct me to one or explain how to fix it ??

please help???How to fix a 1990 Ford EA Falcon Handbrake?
From the EA Falcon workshop manual:

The handbrake is operated by a pull-type mechanism located to the left of the steering column. Cables connect the mechanism to the rear brake calipers. The cables operate screws in the rear calipers which force the pistons out and clamp the brake pads onto the brake discs.


(1) Raise the rear of the vehicle and support it on chassis stands placed under the rear axle housing. The placement of the stands is important, as the adjustment must be done with the weight of the vehicle on the wheels or axles.

(2) Release the adjusting nut on the equaliser rod so that both the caliper levers are in the fully off position.

(3) Start the engine and apply the footbrake 20 times with a minimum pressure of 500N. Stop the engine.

(4) Tighten the adjusting nut on the equaliser rod until the distances from the handbrake lever tang to the caliper body stop on the left and right hand calipers add up to 6mm.

(5) Tighten the locknuts on the equaliser rod adjustment.

(6) With the handbrake released ensure that both rear wheels are free to rotate.


Heh, about the other question you asked... Okay, granted you can't drive the car to a mechanic, but there are still mobile mechanics available. But I understand what you mean, sometimes it CAN seem lazy to just answer a question with %26quot;Just take it to a mechanic!%26quot;.How to fix a 1990 Ford EA Falcon Handbrake?
Most cars that have rear disc brakes use a drum brake inside the back of the rotor. Where does the hand brake cable go? If it goes to the caliper, the only thing I can suggest is apply the brakes with your foot and then while holding the pedal down, set the hand brake. If it doesn't go to the rotor, it is and adjusts like a regular drum brake.

A Co-Worker at Work has a Stuck Parking-Brake.. How does he Fix it?!?

He has a 1998 Dodge Caravan. Disc-Brakes in Front, Drums in Rear.

He Never uses his Parking-Brake.

Now, he Used it once, and it's STUCK!

He Drove home, and couldn't drive over 45 MPH.

He has Drum-Brakes in the Back, and those are the Brakes that are Stuck!! (Parking-Brakes are the Back Brakes)

I know it's nothing in the Front, because the Front-Wheels are Easy to Spin. The Back ones are Hard, and make a Creaking noise when moved.

Is this a Simple Fix, by Removing the Tire/Wheel and Drum-Cover?!?

Is it just a simple Rusted-part that needs Oiled %26amp; Greased, to Move?!?

I have 4-Wheel Discs on my Own Car, so I've never had this Happen to me Personally.

I pull My E-Brake every time I change my Motor Oil.

This guy NEVER uses his!

Let me Know what needs done. I mean, it's Got to be Simple to take Care of. I Replace Disc-Brakes for people on the Side. Drums are abit unknown to me.A Co-Worker at Work has a Stuck Parking-Brake.. How does he Fix it?!?
The cable that operates the drum parking brakes might be stuck somewhere( check if it moves freely under the car, by pulling on it, also check the inside through where tha brake cable goes)

Also check the cable and mechanism for the releasing of the parking brake

Good Luck

Let me know if this workedA Co-Worker at Work has a Stuck Parking-Brake.. How does he Fix it?!?
Lack of use causes them to seize. He will need wd-40, a hammer and some ingenuity.

How difficult is it to upgrade from "SE" front brakes to "ES" front brakes on a 2000 Dodge Stratus?

I have the SE model which has 14 inch wheels and discs in the front and drums in the rear. The ES modes has four wheel discs and the fronts are a bit larger. I'd like to change out my front discs to the ones used on the ES model. Is this feesible? If so, how difficult is it? What is involved? Do I need to change the master cylinder?How difficult is it to upgrade from %26quot;SE%26quot; front brakes to %26quot;ES%26quot; front brakes on a 2000 Dodge Stratus?
you would need new proportioning valves, modify your rear brake lines, you would need hoses, calipers, rear disc brake adapter, obviously rotors, pads just for the rear. i think in the front you would just have to replace calipers and rotors. it would be very expensive to do this with new parts. if you really want to do it you should buy junkyard parts (not calipers or hoses) and save a few hundred dollars.How difficult is it to upgrade from %26quot;SE%26quot; front brakes to %26quot;ES%26quot; front brakes on a 2000 Dodge Stratus?
in order to do that you would need to find a car in a junk yard to get most of the parts from,you have to basically change everything on the car to do this,even the emergency brake cables,everything,and you will probably wind up buying new rotors and calipers for it ,so id think about that one,it can get pretty expensive changing everything,all the abs unit even has to be changed,its not hardly worth the effort to do this,but it can be done,good luck on it.
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  • How badly is my car damaged?

    I need to change my brakes soon. Im worried about the condition of my from drum discs though.

    The ones on the back are smooth. The ones on the front are also smooth but they are wavy (bumpy). How bad is that?

    He said I was suppose to be hearing scraping noises when braking. I took the car out today to purposely try to see if I would hear scraping.

    Theres a slight scraping that happens after I let up off the brake. The thing is I also hear that noise when I hit a bump.

    Its very faint.

    Got any Suggestion?How badly is my car damaged?
    Your brakes need to be serviced, but your not in too bad a shape. Have the drums and/or disc turned, and if they are out of spec replace them (thet will fix the wave). But dont let it go too long, because it sounds like your pads are nearing the end, and if they get to metal and metal you will just be destroying the parts, which will require everything to be replaced (and have a definate impact on your braking abililty).How badly is my car damaged?
    get the rotors resurfaced..duno how much they charge there but here its like 10 bux for each one..but if theyre really warped ur just gonna have to get new ones...gonna be liek 30-40 bux each..+installation..with new rotors..shouldnt cost more than 150 installedHow badly is my car damaged?
    I can't see them, but it sounds like time for rotors to be replaced or at the minimum, turned!How badly is my car damaged?
    Im sure the brake shop can get them resurfaced for you, but if its bad enough you might just have to replace them, it won't be that much so dont worry. To get my rotors replaced on my Honda it is around $120-$200 for all 4 wheels depending on the kind of rotors i needed. not that bad, it happens eventually anyways.How badly is my car damaged?
    Hi novatrek Sounds like you will definitely need brakes soon!If you can feel and bumps or waves they will have to be machined or replaced.The rotors have gotten real cheap for most cars recently so it shouldn't be a huge difference.Are you going to do them your self? HAVE A GREAT DAY!How badly is my car damaged?
    Rotors can be remachined for around $10-15 each but it is usually not recommended. They are thick to help them transfer heat from braking. If you have them machined thinner than they can't get rid of as much heat and can warp a lot easier and cause a shudder in the brake pedal.

    New rotors can be anywhere from $12-100 each. Go to or the website of a local parts store and look them up. If the rotors have the wheel bearings in them you'll need to regrease them and replace the wheel seals as well. Many just slip onto a sealed hub though.

    You only hear scraping if the pads are worn extremely. Sometimes the metal tab breaks off so you should visually check the thickness of the pads anyway. Often the insides wear faster...anything less than 1/8%26quot; thick should be replaced. A set (for both wheels) of new pads can cost from $15-120. I usually buy the middle range semi metallic ones or ceramics. The ceramics don't have as much dust and are quieter. I'd expect them to be $35-65 for a set.

    Your uncle isn't that far off. If you took your car to a shop like Midas they would double all of those prices and charge labor too. A brake job from them is often $300-500 by the time they are done with you.

    My wife's coworker recently took her GTP to Midas. They quoted her $900 to change the fuel filter, replace a tie rod end and alignment, and replace the front brakes. They put a fuel filter on it but it didn't do anything...the pump was bad so they told her $500 to fix it. We paid them $75 for the diagnosis and filter change and then drove it to Autozone. I put two new tie rod ends on it, new rotors and brake pads, new fuel pump, and fixed a leaking hose. I charged them $175 for the labor and everying (including an alignment at Sears) was under $700.


    back off adjuster til its free or pry it and hit with hammer some have screws to push off hub only a few ways of doing it most need a hammer and to pry many cant get into adjust unless you knock out adjusting plug on back brake housingSUZUKI IGNIS REAR BRAKE DRUM?
    I don't think that the brakes would be holding the drum on.

    Many times the drum is simply held there because of rust, and the fact that it has been there for a long time. Take a rubber hammer or a hammer and a shoe, and try to hit the drum to knock it loose. - new wheel bearings

    Good Luck!