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On April 6, 2000, I purchased a 1998 Ford Crown Victoria LX HPP with 23,490 miles. I decided to start a little website for it featuring a running log of my experiences with the car. Vic 1.0 was retired in 2015 due to rust and electrical issues. Vic 2.0 was a 2006 P71 in Blue Pearl that belonged to my boyfriend. It was a Ford demo and never saw actual police use. It was damaged in September of 2018 with well over 186,000 miles. It was replaced by Vic 3.0 in October 2018, a 2008 P71 in Silver Birch with 120,971 miles. To read posts prior to 2010, click a link at right, or go to Crown Vics, ETC.

Friday, June 7, 2013

137,080: Oil & Front Brakes

 Vic got a much needed oil change at 137,070 with Mobil 1 synthetic oil and filter, and yesterday we put on front brake pads.  I say "we", but Todd always ends up doing the work!  My job seems to be calming him down and fetching tools.
I will have to pay attention to things as I drive the car, though, as one of the two pistons in the driver side caliper seemed to be almost seized.  The two on the passenger side were both a little hard to compress.  Not surprising, given the age of the car and the salt it has seen.

This time, I decided to go with a heavy duty pad by Wagner.  I learned something, too.  I was wondering what the groove in the new pads were for.  Apparently, they are like the wear bars on tires.  When the groove is gone, you need pads.  Supposedly it also helps dissipate water.