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Dutch_12078

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Posted: 05/31/19 06:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

To answer your original question, I replaced the rear brake pads and rotors on our toad in a Florida state park campground. It's an easy car for brake jobs though, and it only took about 30 minutes per side. I did not ask permission, and no one complained.


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Posted: 05/31/19 06:56pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Did y’all miss his third post where he said the brake fluid is all gone??? He needs more than a 30minute pad replacement.

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Got an auto parts store to allow me to do the fix tomorrow in the lot.

Bought new front calipers, pads, rotors, torque wrench, brake fluid and floor jack.

Ready to tear into it as early as possible tomorrow.

Plan to replace all, bleed front and rear brake lines, torque up the wheels and go. (Then retorque after 50 Miles)

Thanks for all the input regarding the campground and the offers for a spot to do it in. The positive posts were much appreciated. Kind of laughing at the haters instead of getting annoyed.

When you are semi-stranded, the auto parts stores are pretty nice about doing things like this in their lot. Especially when you spend about $800 (before core returns) in the store.

Happy To be doing these myself too. Faster, more attention to detail, can have confidence in the work. Since this truck has never seen the snow, hoping the rotors will pop right off.

In NJ now. Nobody's dead. No scratches on anything, haters. Lol
But I did back into someone's RV today in NJ. Custom vanity plate said, "jfkmk". I left a note to say sorry. That should do it, right? [emoticon]

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Bird Freak wrote:

HadEnough wrote:

Honestly, I think a lot of you are inexperienced and don’t know what you’re talking about. You have never owned a vehicle with an exhaust brake, manual transmission and a diesel engine. I don’t think you understand how to even drive one. These brakes have lasted many tens of thousands of miles because you don’t really use them when you have an exhaust brake.

I can drive all day. 400 miles. And never use my brakes except for when I am in town. I don’t use them even a little bit on the highway.I just drove from Ottawa to Toronto to upstate New York around the lake, no problem. Hundreds of miles. I never touch the brake pedal. I barely touch the brake pedal on secondary roads. The only time I really need it is coming to a complete stop at a stop sign or light.



So wake up. Stop posting stupid stuff.
From a old trucker here you are an idiot if you think that granny gear and exhaust brake will do anything for you in a panic stop.
You are a danger to all around you and think its ok.


Well, worked fine today.

I was easily able to do as good as the ABS system (rear wheels only, of course) and put rubber down on the ground with the wheels still rolling a couple times in just the situation you're describing. Did that twice today when people cut me off or traffic came to a screeching halt from 75mph.

It'll be a lot nicer to have fully working brakes tomorrow though. Not gonna lie. Looking forward to it.

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Posted: 05/31/19 08:50pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

soren wrote:

I would just pull into a NAPA, or similar, buy the parts, park the truck off to the side, and have at it. If there is any question, tell anybody that's bothering you that it's an emergency, you nearly went through the last light, and found fluid flowing out of the caliper.

I was towing a travel trailer through Bangor Maine one summer, when a front brake pad decided to separate from the backer, and leave the scene. I did exactly what I suggest, and nobody cared. The other good part of that plan is that you are right there when you discover that you need some additional part to get the job done.


I see this almost every day, son was a manager at an auto zone, they loan tools also.


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I have been able to do minor non messy repair work in various CG. Explain the situation. Ask nicely. Best chances of getting a yes are if you are staying more than a few days & do the work weekdays when the CG is quiet. Had a family member of one CG actually jump in & help in a big way once.


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Check in rental garages if you still want to do it yourself. That or the parking lot of a vacant business building.


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