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Old 10-19-2009, 11:49 AM   #1
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Experiment - Stopping with engine turned off

Just finished flushing and bleeding the brakes on my 2000 and decided to test the backup braking system. I drove to a road near my house that is level with a slight uphill section at the end of it and also has very little traffic. I drove at 30 mph and shifted into neutral then turned the engine off. When I pressed the brake pedal I could hear the electric booster pump turn on and I stopped just like normal. I didn't notice any difference in the feel of the brake pedal or amount of pressure necessary to stop the motorhome. It is resasuring to know the backup power brake system works.

Since the road was straight I wasn't able to see how the motorhome turns with the power steering off.

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Old 10-25-2009, 03:03 PM   #2
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I had the engine die in an intersection as I was moving at about 15 mph. This was on our 03 40fdts. What steering? I could hardly turn the wheel at all. I got it stopped about 1 ft from a power pole. Everybody should try the drill you just did only try to turn the wheel at the same time. Shocking!
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