Welcome to the new re-designed Weblumen.com. This site now focuses on the "shade tree mechanics" who own either Subaru, or Volvo cars. As both a Subaru and Volvo owner, the design philosophy of these brands are closely aligned; both are pragmatic vehicles at their core, with Subaru exploring the performance driving world with more zeal than Volvo. In owning these cars you'll immediately become aware of the large number of interchangeable parts, and core design principles through their model lines. So while I may only show the instructions on how to replace the disc brake pads on a Subaru Impreza, the instructions and parts designs are nearly identical for the Forester and Legacy.
This website now covers basic tools and supplies for working on your car in more detail. These are my personal recommendations and experience for the casual mechanic who is looking to save some money on auto repairs and enjoy the feeling that comes with fixing it yourself and to the quality you wish the shops would do. All of this is covered in the new Tools and Supplies sections.
With the prices that dealerships, or even some garages charge for the simple job of replacing brake pads today, it can really save you a lot of money to do this simple maintenance yourself. This step by step tutorial will show you all the tools, and steps you need to replace the brake pads on your Subaru Impreza. As long as your rotors are in good condition and do not have a lot of deep groves in them, then this repair can take as little as 40 minutes to complete, but plan for 90 minutes if this is your first time.
The temporary roof rack options on the Impreza are limited to clamp on models that clamp between the door sill and the roof, causing a gap in the seal when the door is closed. On the roof are two rain channels covered with black weatherstripping. I decided to investigate what was under that weatherstipping.
Do you autocross your Impreza? Adding a racing harness to your car will dramatically help you lower your times by keeping you planted to the seat. Your 3 point seat belt is great for the street and keeping you in place as designed in an accident. The factory belts and the entire car have been designed knowing the way your body will move in an accident. For autocrossing where you want to remain one with the seated so you can feather the clutch and heal-toe. The only way to accomplish that is with a 4 point harness.
If you are replacing disc brake pads, then a disc brake spreader is a very useful tool. Spreaders push the caliper pistons back into the caliper with damaging the rotor or caliper. Depending on the design of the brakes on your car there are several different types of spreaders. This article covers how they work, and the different types available.
Loctite Threadlocker, or thread sealer is one of those items that every do it yourself mechanic should have in their tool chest. Loctite makes three different types of threadlocker depending on the application. Each is a different color which can help you identify the type of threadlocker to be used when replacing nuts and bolts.