This is WHY we FAILED the Inspection!

This is WHY we FAILED the Inspection!

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  • Tony Grimes

    Good Morning Everybody From The Algarve Portugal.

    • Tony Grimes

      @Sam Val You’ve signed up?

    • Sam Val

      @Tony Grimes – Uh yup. A basic supporter, not the $5 a month super deluxe! I figure the Lumnah’s can use our help – considering they provide quality learning as well as heart-warming material

    • Tony Grimes

      @Sam Val I decided to try the deluxe for a few months to see if it’s worth it but may revert to basic. Deluxe works out at £0.30 per video that’s £0.01 per minute seeing as their videos are usually 30 mins.

    • Tony Grimes

      @Sam Val How do you access the emojis? Just figured it out.

    • AJL Produce Namibia

      @Tony Grimes we have a section under shade netting but this is actually a new part of the fields we are working on and havent put up any shade netting as yet but it is in the future plans

  • Jerry A. Goldwire

    So if you had that much trouble getting them off how did they inspect them initially..

    • Steve Baker

      @Jake K. In New Zealand the inspectors don’t take the wheels off, they inspect from underneath, then take it to a machine which tests the braking capacity of each wheel. If the brakes fall below a certain point, the vehicle fails inspection. (btw, NZ is where I’m from – it may be different in the US.)

    • Jake K.

      @Steve Baker In the US we don’t have machines to test braking capability, at least that I have heard of, or seen. And it seems to be common for independent mechanics to do the inspections in a lot of states. Most shops wouldn’t have that technology. There are a lot of states that don’t have an inspection at all.

    • Jake K.

      @Scott Bennett Yea, ok. Talking in circles now I see. You’re special aren’t you?

    • Bob K

      @Keith Rayeski to do it right the wheel comes off. The inspector was lazy

    • Iron *Fe*

      @Jake K. Nope. You’re clearly a child arguing with people who actually know what’s going on.

  • Steve Baker

    wow, the amount of rust dust comin’ off the wheel nuts… I don’t even want to hazard a guess regards the brakes! 😮 btw, mornin’ to Al, Gina, Olivia & the critters. <3

  • pandura gonzalez

    We been getting alot wind and rain from the hurricane. We need the rain.

  • Kenneth White

    Most don’t know a Farmer is husband father carpenter mechanic then a farmer !

  • Charles Reohr

    Good morning. The rotors and calipers I just put on my car where blue. The parts man said that it’s the same type of bluing used on gun barrels to keep them from rusting.

    • Johannes Tejder

      I do phosphate coating and it doesnt look like that

    • Gary S

      @Johannes Tejder That may be but NAPA says their premium brake rotors are phosphate coated. Nowhere on NAPA’s web page does it say what that blue color is from. Not a big deal, who gives a sh*t anyway.

    • Johannes Tejder

      @Gary S im not hundred percent but phosphatetreatment causes the metal to become pity. It would give excellent friction between the rotor and breakpad. But it would be even more practical to have your rotors heattreated and dont have to worry about them getting warped

    • Gary S

      @Johannes Tejder Most brake rotors are made of cast iron, so therefore seldom are they heat treated. Warping happens when they are heated when the pads are applied for a long time and then cooled. Most race cars are using carbon fiber rotors as the carbon fiber will not warp (one reason, anyway). If you watch a night-time F1 race, often times the rotors are cherry red.

    • Johannes Tejder

      @Gary S yes i am aware of that. But once the rotor has been fabricated and it has gotten its final shape, its not heattreated to stabilize it. Thats why you should wear them in when they are new by breaking in a certain pattern, especially if they are solid rotors. By doing this you stabilize the iron so they are more resistant to warping when they are being hot from intensive breaking. Thats why i thought it would be brilliant to heattreat rotors cause you would blue them from the treatment and protect them from getting surfacerust before the reach the customer but at the same time you wouldnt have to worry about the rotors being warped if you havent worn them in properly. Phosphating doesnt blue the metal, it blackens it and makes the surface porous but that wouldn be an effective way of protecting the rotors from warping, only from rusting.

  • Terry Phillips

    Is there no end to this man’s talents, farmer,builder, carpenter, electrician,mechanic, big up to you.

  • Art Martin

    anti-seize between the rotor and wheel would help immensely the next time you have to take the wheels off. Signed, Karen 😉

    • James T

      Use the correct one or it will make it worse. Steel on steel, copper based is ok, if the wheels or brake bell is Alloy use a zinc or ceramic base grease. Use copper type anitsieze can cause galling and corrosion and effectively ‘weld’ the wheel to the hub.

    • Gary S

      @James T The face of the axel is steel (an alloy of different metals) which is what the rotor bolts up to. The rotor is cast iron. Wheels, in this case, are steel, more predominant today are aluminum wheels, and they can do the same thing as Al’s wheels did in this video.

    • frank speer

      Nothing there will work until all the rust is removed from the spindle and the rims. Other than that only use copper antisize it is made for the heat brakes give off.

    • Keith Rayeski

      🤣🤣🤣 signed Karen!! That’s hilarious!!

  • Frank Daniels

    Al, Harbor Freight has really good Daytona floor jacks. You can also get a 20% off coupon on the net to use towards your purchase. Good Luck.

    • Dwight Rahl

      I have the yellow Daytona jack, and I can tell you that it is a BEAST! Well worth every penny.
      That being said, I’d give fixing the old jack a shot first.

    • frank speer

      I have used mine for over 5 years lifting everything from machinery to a Nissan 300zx to my 1 ton truck. Never a faulter.

    • Keith Rayeski

      Thanks for the HF review…I’ve looked at them and considered one myself. Good use for the 20% off coupon!!

    • David Knight

      I must have missed the part about WHY you failed the inspection. It is probably a bad seal in the floor jack. Model and serial number will enable the internet to find that part – probably. But maybe not. It is usually just a spring and an o-ring. The spring usually breaks.

  • dcrahn

    The floor jack failing to hold pressure is a prime example of why you never trust a hydraulic jack of any kind to support a car while working on it. I’m lucky, I have a 10k two post lift in my shop. But I always lower it to sit on the locks and not leave it on the hydraulics and cables. Al I hope you wiped down those rotors with brake clean before you installed them! And always take the car for a few miles test ride and lightly applying the brakes several times to bed the pads into the rotors.

    • Little Farm on the Prariehood

      My Dad is a mechanic. That’s the first thing he told me when I was helping in his shop, as a kid. “Never trust your life to a jack.”

    • lawrence willard

      That happened to ‘Leg arms’ on Welker farms. Draw bar slipped off jack, only for a steel bit on its front, would have amputated his arm.

    • Mark Waddey

      That floor jack looks very similar to a HF model I have that also failed to hold pressure

    • That1ufo

      @lawrence willard I just watched that an hr ago, it came up as recommended for me for some reason, never watched that channel before.
      ‘Never trust your life to a jack’ but nowadays it also applies to stands even more now with quick release. I was told always put the wheel under as back up.

    • Iron *Fe*

      It’s called being low on hydraulic oil and hydraulic jacks require the same maintenance as any other hardware. Additionally, Harbor Freight jacks do not come fully topped off with hydraulic oil and you need to add hydraulic oil. Harbor Freight does not fully load their jacks with oil due to some State shipping freight laws. Most people do not understand that you need to inspect your products after receiving them and before using them every time. As with everything in life…. things require maintenance.

      The “reason” for NOT using a hydraulic floor jack as a jack stand is because hydraulic floor jacks have no safety lock to prevent the hydraulic floor jack from falling out of position. Also they’re bulky and unstable and someone can trip over them and possibly move. Hoists are the same thing as a hydraulic floor jack… it’s just a larger hydraulic floor jack but with safety locks. Even with ‘safety locks’ hoists fail, but very rarely. I know people who have been crushed by hoists… even after the fact with the hoist being inspected and passing inspection.

  • George Vangordon

    I think that’s good that your state does such a good inspections. Here in Missouri we also have inspections but I think it’s more about revenue for the state then safety..

  • Abraham Tov

    If you have questions about Sheep look at Sandi Brock YouTube page, she has a nice family like yours and she really knows about Sheep.

  • Courtney Kachur

    Search “floor jack repair”. Don’t toss it, fix it.

    • Sam Val

      It may just need a top-off of hydraulic jack oil – there’s a little rubber stopper on the side of the hydraulic cylinder – pry that off with a screwdriver and add jack oil until it reaches the top. Put the rubber nipple stopper back on and try it again. You may have to pump a little extra to bleed out any air.

    • shartne

      @Sam Val I think so too. just add some fluid.

    • Keith Rayeski

      I agree…it may need just repair or maintenance…not replacing…but Al knows the history of his equipment so, I defer to him.

    • Rob Hakeman

      The seal could be bad on the floor jack or could be low on oil, but don’t get rid of it. I have never really been a fan of NAPA auto parts as I used them on replacement and they wear out faster than say AC/ DELCO. Good that you Al use antiseize for things that might have to come off in the future.

    • Scott Bennett

      @Rob Hakeman i have found them to be quite a bit more expensive also

  • Patrick

    I miss being a mechanic and I had a whole other career after that as a software engineer. I’ve always liked working with my hands, though.

  • ABC XYZ

    Now I understand better what mechanics are talking about: frozen calipers, rotors, pads, and cost for the work. Thanks Al.

  • Pete Marchetto

    A nice thing about having some old brake rotors around (though this is even more true with truck brake drums) is that you can make an adapter for a blower in the middle with a cast iron pipe T and make a nice little charcoal (or bituminous coal) forge from it for small blacksmithing work.

  • Rebecca Wood Bixler

    Gina, those tomatoes were beautiful! Y’all had a feast for dinner.

  • Navin Kumar

    He does everything He is master of all technology i.e elec, mech, construction, carpentering etc, . He is so blessed.

  • R Robertomondo

    Al, seeing how much corrosion you had on your front brakes, you may want to check your rear brakes as well. Even if the pads and rotors dont need to be replaced, you may have corrosion limiting the brake’s ability to move.

  • Martin Spamer

    Trolley jacks are mechanically really simple, they will last forever with minimal maintenance. It is probably just low hydraulic fluid or a loose seal on the return valve, both are 5 minute fixes. Axles stands should be placed under the suspension, not the bodywork. There are loads of good videos on youtube about using jacks and axle stands safely.

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