The bolt-extractor bit snapping in the bolt pretty much made up my mind, and bopping myself in the forehead when it snapped cemented it, I should give up on this repair. The hardened bit won’t be drilled through, and various online and offline discussions pointed out that this would be a difficult job from here on out.
I was already researching how to get rid of the car, when a friend pointed out that we could try cutting off the caliper bracket and bolts, to give us access to drill out the bolts.
So, I’ve been looking up caliper bracket mounts and kits, and the new-part prices range from ~$12 (for just the bracket) to ~$60 (for the caliper and mounting bracket.)
Ah, another ray of hope. A small shaft of sunlight peeking through dark storm clouds of nickel-and-dimery.
But, it’s a gamble. If I replace this part, what of the other side? How about the fuel pump, which I still suspect is slowly dying? And how could replacing this part fail? I can just see nightmare scenarios of ruining the rear brake lines, rear axle assemblies, shocks…
And before anyone thinks I’m being a bit paranoid/defeatist — this started as a simple rotor/pad replacement.
I’m a little torn between wanting to fix this, and wanting it off my mind.
To fix it will cost money and time, but may give me back motorized transportation. To release this into the wild will allow me to return the parts I bought and get back most of the money spent so far.
I think this difficulty will require some pizza rolls, and anime, to help jump-start the mulling and consideration.
Have fun, readers.