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Posted: 11/23/09 11:47am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Update, Getting it fixed, the extended warranty that we have is paying for it all but my deductible. Had to have a discussing about consequential damage but they finally agreed.
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You have to get it fixed, but I would call around for different bids and see if I couldn't better that price.





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Do you have air over hydralic disc brakes? My Spartan chassis does. If so you may have a caliper piston sticking. Sometimes the weather seal boot will leak and let water get in between the caliper and the piston and start to rust. That will bind the piston so it doesn't move smoothly. That "can" also cause the piston to not retract properly and caust the brake pad to drag possibly causing the rotor to get hot. It might be a good idea to get it jacked up and see if the wheels turn free after you do a hard brake application. If it is pulling to the right it will be the left side where the problem it but it would be a good idea to have both sides checked.

If the problem is as I described all that is needed is to dismantle the caliper -clean the rust out especially behind the rubber seal ring-replace the seal and weather boot and you will be good to go. Minimum parts cost just some labor.


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It's possible that you are not using the brakes enough. I leave my exhaust brake on full time and had got in the habit of letting it do the majority of the braking. My brakes started to glaze over from lack of use. Now I use the service brakes more aggressively a few times each trip, to keep them cleaned up.
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We have it in to check this problem out. They are telling me the front seal on the right side is leaking and has soaked the brake shoe causing it to grab. Replace right front seal and brake shoes. $600.00
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For safety you need to get it fixed. If the right brake shoes are worn I waould have them replace the left brake shoes also. That way you are assured of equal braking.


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On our 02 MADP when I apply the brakes lightly it seams to pull to the right, but when I apply the brakes real hard it doesn't pull either way. Also when apply the brakes lightly and then pressing hard there a popping sound as if it coming unstuck on the left side. Any thoughts?

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I think you will have to pull the left drum and find out why the brakes are hanging up.

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