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Who did you have do the job? A friend or garage? Some brake jobs are tricky. You can't do them without a scanner connected to the car. If they didn't open the bleeder valves to push back the calipers, this could lead to problems also. I was taught to always open the bleeder valves to release the fluid, instead of pushing it back to the master cylinder. Even in the old cars(60'sand 70's). New cars, it's even more important to do this as it can blow the ABS pump seals.
I wouldnt worry about this too much as in europe this device is illegal and importing a vahicle with this device into spain ?? dont go their although i have seen it on UK models which have been imported into the UK and their system of dodgy tests with the backhanders and no technical engineer inspections.In fact they have no technical engineers as no companys recognise motor vehicle technicians ,only mechanical engineering which is recognised but then who wants to be a grease monkey when with this exam you get a job outside the UK for a lot more in wages and respect
You should buy a manual for this job. There is a lot of info and some important procedures that need to be followed. This job intells tearing down the entire front of the engine and everything thats in the way to get to the front of the engine. I also recommend that you get the entire timing belt kit and the water pump if it's in there. You only want to do this job one time, believe me. I work on cars and if I was to do this car I would purchase the manual, because I don't have on for this. Like I said important procedures.
Sure you can change the timing belt with little problems. In most cases you can do this job without removing the motor from the car. You'll need the harmonic Balancer puller and a couple of hydraulic jacks but I've done it several times. I do recommend you get the Haynes repair Manual for your vehicle so you have step by step instructions on how to do the job correctly and how to get the motor to #1 TDC which is very important.
If you dont no how please let a pro do the job your sons life is more important then saving a few dollars. brakes are the most important part of the vehicle besides the steering wheel.But if you happen to have done the job before it shouldnt be to much involved.
Age and mileage have little to do with environmental conditions. Your pitting was caused by you know who, mother nature. If I were you, I don't think I'd be picking a fight with her.
This is the way I see it. If you are going to have a brake job done, (and you might not otherwise need a brake job) cutting or replacing the discs are a part of a professional job. Why pay all that money and do without your car and not get the whole job done? Same reasoning applies if you do the work yourself.
Pitted discs are pitted discs. Maybe the shop can cut the discs and maybe they will have to be replaced. If you expect to keep the car you should have the repair done. If you expect to replace it (it doesn't seem like you drive a lot) within the year or so ... maybe let it go. Rear brakes, while an important part of your stopping ability, provide about 25-30% of the action needed. Rear brakes are the emergency brake system and they also play an important part in keeping you straight in the road during heavy or emergency stopping.
I'm thinking you took your car for an oil job and the mechanic saw that your brakes are not in tip top condition and brought it to your attention. If you get it fixed, he makes money and has fulfilled his obligation to notify you of a possible deficiency in your ride.
My best suggestion is take your vehicle to and ASE Certified Mechanic and have the problem professionally fixed. Brakes are not an area for Novices to attempt to work on. Brakes are the single most important safety device on any vehicle. If you haven't done hundreds of Brake Jobs chances are that you are not familiar with proper techniques applicable to resolving the problem yourself. In many cases Special Tools are required to do the job correctly and most "Back Yard Mechanics" don't have them.
It isn't a particularly hard job but there are a few techniques that you need to know.
I wouldn't recommend you do it yourself but I would recommend you do it under supervision of someone who knows their stuff.
Retensioning the bearings correctly is extremely important.