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post #21 of 26 (permalink) Old 10-27-2017, 08:07 AM
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I can only speak for myself, but I feel like most of us on this forum are here to share information and help each other out.

I was absolutely clueless when I first bought my car. A forum member reached out to me, a perfect stranger, and invited me into his home to show me around the Elise. I like to think that this happens relatively often here, since we are a pretty tight-knit community.
I'd have to agree with this as well. I do not look at asking for help on this forum as asking for a hand out. While I have not seen one recently, there used to be postings often about wrenching get-togethers and these seemed to be a good way to learn and help each other out. I know my first time through a task usually takes a good deal longer than my second and third, having someone that's done it before is both educational and time saving. If the OP's son was in Denver I'd be more than happy to help out. The last time I was at the track I had transmission issues, a local car dealer was putting on the event and their mechanics offered a lot of help and were willing to put the car in their trailer to get me home if needed. I'm sure most of us have had someone somewhere help us out or maybe I just live somewhere friendly.
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The tools I used are all mentioned in the video, but I did find the brake tool that has the two nipples really helpful/almost essential as you need it to turn the rear piston in. If there is another way (using needle nose may work?) please share

OP, did you figure this out yet?
Autozone will loan you the caliper tool for free http://www.autozone.com/loan-a-tools...e-caliper-tool
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Autozone will loan you the caliper tool for free http://www.autozone.com/loan-a-tools...e-caliper-tool
90 needle nose works well.




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Yes, I used Sands Museum for reference as I recorded that video. I believe I mentioned it in the video as well (1:45) that I was directly getting the instructions from Sands Mechanical Museum

I hope my video helps anyone who wants to start wrenching at the beginner level on their elise as the OP's son

The tools I used are all mentioned in the video, but I did find the brake tool that has the two nipples really helpful/almost essential as you need it to turn the rear piston in. If there is another way (using needle nose may work?) please share

OP, did you figure this out yet?
You could take an old/cheap socket and grind it down. Needle nose invites stabbing seals, IIRC.

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I lived in Waikiki for a long time until about a year ago. I have a friend there that can do it ...let me know if nothing else works out.

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Wow, I didn't know you lived here... You're like one of the first people I met on this forum.





Anyway, changing brakes and rotors on this car is super easy, I just did mine to paint the calipers and hub. Purchase the rotors and pads yourself, then take the car to a "ma and pop" type of shop and make sure you know the lift points on these cars and that they take the instruction for those lift points seriously. You could try Raf's automotive, they're really good people and he's ok with you bringing in your own parts. I have gone to him for years.
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