Went for an anual check up for my Ford
Here cars need an anual inspection, they check OBD, emissions, suspension, brakes - all the works. Well my car did not pass! Not only that but they slapped me with "denial of road use" because front brakes were inbalanced. One day time to drive it to the garage and have it checcked!
It was 5PM, I called my broher to pick up brake pads and rotors, I was hoping it was not the caliber. Took coffee and went to change part. Rained whole time, nice to fix brakes when rain flows down on your neck, along the spine and down - you know where.
Found the fault, right side brake pad was rusted solid on caliber, pad next to was worn out. Changed pads and rotors, checkked and lubricated pins and moving parts. Now the new model brake cylinder is funny. Looks like piston is pressed steel cup and the other way around I'm used to - the rim is outside and top is inside! Brake pad had a huge clip that goes inside the brake piston cavity.
Took the car back for inspection. Now you better sit down when I'll tallyt the total:
104€ for initial inspection (20 mins, this must be a permission to print money)
136€ for front brake pads and two rotors (old rotors still had maybe one more year left, but shops were closing and I did not want to risk)
32€ for check up inspection (5 mins on brake dyno and paper work)
Luckily I did not need to drive it into a garage and pay 57-110€/h, minimum charge 1h to garage.
I almost said something that rhymes with a clackking bell. I could have used that money for my family or hobby.