"This is ruining my manicure."
(Words my brother admits he had never heard before while changing brakes)
I have officially become a mechanic! Yesterday I changed the brakes, rotors and calipers on my sister's 2005 Toyota Sienna. And I did it all by myself!
Ok, not really...
I should probably admit that I worked with my brother and my dad.
And I should probably mention that the minivan was already up on jacks and the wheels were removed when I got to my brother's house.
And I should probably tell you that my dad was telling me what to do, step by step, the whole time.
And I might want to mention that there was a rusted on rotor that I couldn't pound off, so my brother used his brawn and brain to remove both of them.
I should probably admit that I didn't put any of the wheels back on at the end.
So, I really did less than half the work.
...and I don't do clean up.
But, I DID take off and replace the front driver's side caliper and brake pads all by myself and I got to be the official "brake pedal pusher" when we bled the brake fluid at the end of the installation. It was a very satisfying project and I'm one step further in my quest to take over the world in my dabbling in everything!