Finally got tired of the squeal of the Hawk 5.0 brake pads...especially the wheel damaging dust they spurn.
Swapped just the front out with my old Hawk HPS...much better...for the street.
Surprised at the squeal as they consider these only one step up from the HPS...and the dust was pitting my freshly powdercoated wheels. This was strictly street driving. Odd too the rear brakes-no squeal and dust was just a powder.
Can't complain at the track performance so will save for that occasion.
Well, getting a pull to the right all of a sudden...so starts the journey of rectifying...
Since I had rear wheel bearings on hand and 60,000 miles on them...yanked them off and off to the machine shop. Get them back and install...notice the the ABS sensor isn't spaced from the reluctor rings equally from left to right side. So I pull the suspect one off and back to the machine shop...no dice. So install to confirm and issue (and risk destroying the bearing)...yup. ABS light on first test drive.
411: Thanks for the post...I'm currently leaning toward a bearing not being assembled correctly as I didn't have a light prior to the bearing swap...and considering one of the ABS sensor to reluctor wheels is not like the other.
I'm going to reaccomplish the bearing change...
Additionally, I pulled the front assemblies to replace those bearings and in the process off replacing the front control arm bushings (214,000 miles old).
I like modifying cars, but repairing just doesn't have the same thrill...
Only other thing I can think of is the hub wasn't pressed into the bearing far enough and that's causing the abs ring to be further away from the sensor. But since the abs light is on there is something wrong with the abs system, most likely the sensor in some way. Possibly the shop damaged it while putting it back in? Taking it out? I had to bust one apart and hammer it out cause it rusted in place once.
Nick: Agreed...and they did damage it. The actually bent the surface the rear ABS sensor mounts in and pushed it away from the tone ring. So they bent it back...it wasn't gross...just 2 mm. Got it together finally and drove it tonight...ABS extinguished after a few feet!
I installed front and rear wheel bearings, full front control arms, and tie rod ends...a big refresh at 213,000 miles.
I had two more issues to resolve...speedo inconsistent and an exhaust leak.
Close investigation of my up-pipe/exhaust manifolds resulted in not only uncovering a leaking manifold to up-pipe connection that I've dealt with for 'years'!, but also a cracked up-pipe!
I figured my turbo manifolding alignment wasn't perfect as I've replaced that manifold to up-pipe gasket multiple times (single OEM, double OEM, extra thick Grimmspeed, Felpro double, etc)...always came back to leak after few miles. Could hear the slight nasalyness and the driveability would suffer considering the AFR sensor was inches away.
This time I noticed (engine running) the new gasket was the only culprit...the robust Cobb up-pipe was cracked! So ordered Grimmspeed with a flex section.
That solved it! Likely not the Cobb's pipe fault, more my failure to line everything up ideally. So now the flex takes up the misalignment and the driveability is spot on. Daily driving is once again a pleasure!
I'd been getting a rattle during certain rpm ranges...narrowed down the the Cobb muffler - seemingly defective although it has 85,000 miles...some of it pretty hard if it matters (Daytona!).
Cobb does not have a lifetime warranty...so they offered a discounted purchase of the entire system...not exactly what I'd hoped. Nonetheless, ordered it up and installed. I only needed the rear section as the front of my cat back is modified with a full 3 inch flex pipe replacing the OEM donut gasket section.
Fortunately, they had not changed the design in 5 years. Bolted up all shiny - will have to paint it!
First drive is the tremendous difference in sound - my car is quiet now! I can actually hear the turbo! Not sure if mufflers wear out or there were other issues with the Cobb...but I like it! Allows more go time without the attention...still sounds great at 7800 rpm!