Michaels Land Rover Log

My Brake Broke

So how does the caliper come completely loose? It may be hard to tell from this photo, but the caliper is basically sitting at the front of the brake rotor instead of at back where it should be. Yes, it broke loose with a whomp and has gone about 180 degrees around. Accompanied, of course, by popped brake lines and a massive gushing of fluid. At least I was in very low-speed traffic at the end of the day.

I will be the first to admit that this must be something I did, somehow. This is the front left brake that I replaced not a month ago. There were seized bolts in the old one, and I had to get replacement bolts from a junkyard.

I am not even sure yet what gave way, but maybe I tighten something down wrong. Or maybe there was a bigger reason the old ones were stuck. For whatever reason, something let loose.

This also means that for the second time in under a week my Land Rover and I are sitting dead on the side of the road. Last week it was a blown tire. (Totally my fault.) This week a broken brake. Oh, the joys of life with older British cars. Actually, any older cars. Or just about any cars of any age at all for that matter.

But I bring it on myself, so I’m not complaining.

Well, not much anyway.