Saturday afternoon my wife calls me and she's broken down on the side of the road. I work the Grave shift at one of the Vegas resorts and it's 2pm, basically right in the middle of my sleeping time. Luckily for me Vegas has a complimentary roadside service van that drives around all day helping people on the free way. He helps her make sure all is good and she limps it home while I sleep soundly.
Fast forward to today. I've got the car on the jackstands, remove the wheel, brake caliper, caliper mounts, etc. All of the studs are starting to rust a bit so I figure I'll remove them and replace them all. Or so I thought. I tried for an hour and a half and the damned things wouldn't come off. So I called the service department at the Ford dealer I used to work for and got ahold of one of my friends. He's looking through his system and he can't even find a parts number for the studs. There are no studs! At least not seperately. All he's showing is a wheel hub for $389. Now after some work I yank out the bearings and get the rotor off and bingo. I don't need to hub but aparently they attached all the frickin studs to the rotor and now I have to pay for a whole new rotor. What happened to the days of pounding it out, buying a $1.50 part and moving on. I love Fords, they're usually pretty easy to work on but whoever designed this little assembly had his head way too far up his ***. Needs to be strung up by his balls and left to die.
Ok, I'm off the soap box. Continue with your day...