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Weekends are always fun. Right. RIGHT?
As we were leaving the incredibly gorgeous, very much still snowed in, Sierra Buttes, BF pointed out to me that the Jeep wasn't acting right. Thankfully, CA Hwy 49 has plenty of pullovers, where we discovered that the front passenger brake was smoking. And glowing red hot.

Yeah. That's never a good sign.

Scenic Downieville was only 10 miles away, but we needed to let the brakes cool down before we tried going anywhere. As we sat by the side of the road, waiting for it to cool, watching the cars whiz by, my mind kept replaying a modified, stereotypical Kmart, refrain through my head "*bzwt* Breakdown on CA Hwy 49 *bzwt* Breakdown on CA Hwy 49".

Thank Elath, it never came to a full breakdown. With no cell service, I'd have to go waving my arms and trying to get people to pull over to help us. Two people, broken down car, country highway, trying to get a lift into town... I think I've seen this movie. And it never ends well for the people with the break down!

With fits & starts, we got to Downieville. We managed to find an off-duty mechanic, who confirmed that we might get the car back home if we can cool the rotor enough, and if the piston, which looked to be the culprit, decided to unstick itself.

After an uninspired dinner, we took the chance and drove the car another 45 miles to the "big city" of Nevada City. With stops to check the rotor, we got there with no problems. No more glowing red rotors. No more smoke. Very little pulling the car to the left.

At that point, we figured it was a good bet that we could get home. And, thank Elath, we were able to get home with no more problems. And VERY little traffic. I haven't seen Hwy's 80 & 680 this empty on a summer weekend... ever. I'm guessing it's because we were traveling at that in-between time where people couldn't guarantee that they'd get to their fireworks destination in time. Or they were having staycations. Either way, it meant an incredibly easy trip home for us once we determined that the car was behaving for the nonce.

And now, it gets to go to the shop. To have a once over. And a twice over. And perhaps even a thrice over. Because getting stuck on the side of Hwy 49 - no matter how gorgeous the country is - is never on my list of things to do.

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4 talons or Rake your talons?
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merhawk From: merhawk Date: July 5th, 2011 06:45 am (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
I know, right? It never happens to anyone!

[And yet it keeps happening, anyway. Why? WHY!?!?]

Thanks. We're quite grateful it wasn't as bad as it seemed. I was NOT looking forward to being stuck in the Sierras until tomorrow.
jsbowden From: jsbowden Date: July 5th, 2011 12:23 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Fortunately, now that you're back in civilization, it's pretty easy to fix it. Takes a bit of time, but not terribly expensive if the BF does it himself.
some_other_dave From: some_other_dave Date: July 5th, 2011 02:30 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
Heh. I'm thinking BF would rather have a pro do it, so said pro can look over other stuff as well.

BTW, Bird, when was the last time the brake fluid was changed in the other cars? Should be done about every other year, to avoid situations like this.
merhawk From: merhawk Date: July 5th, 2011 04:14 pm (UTC) (Permanent Entry Link)
BF AND Bird would prefer that. Especially since you've seen the amount of space we have in our complex.

Both of the other cars have been taken in for their regular maintenance (i.e. 35K, 60K, etc) so it's been looked at. I just don't recall when it was done.

My car is actually up for maintenance right now, so I'll check that out when I take it in. Thanks for the reminder.
4 talons or Rake your talons?