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Old 05-20-2008, 11:23 AM   #1
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Hi Everyone,

We're back on the road again!

Noticed yesterday that the exhaust brake on our '99 Tradewinds isn't working.

I checked for a blown fuse, but didn't find one for the exhaust brake. Maybe there isn't a fuse involved?

Lots can happen when you are sitting around for a few months.......like gaining weight and the brakes quitting <smile>.

What do I do next (I mean after checking the switch)?

Thanks for any help.

Jim.....back in the Golden State
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Hi Everyone,

We're back on the road again!

Noticed yesterday that the exhaust brake on our '99 Tradewinds isn't working.

I checked for a blown fuse, but didn't find one for the exhaust brake. Maybe there isn't a fuse involved?

Lots can happen when you are sitting around for a few months.......like gaining weight and the brakes quitting &lt;smile&gt;.

What do I do next (I mean after checking the switch)?

Thanks for any help.

Jim.....back in the Golden State
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Old 05-22-2008, 06:40 AM   #3
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Sometimes they get rusty and stick. Have you tried moving the brake by hand (when cool)? There is a special oil made to lubricate them.
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Jim:

We have a PacBrake on our '98DP. I use the factory recommended lubricant (about $7 for a small bottle)since it is designed to stand up to the high temps. encountered in this area of the engine due to the exhaust manifold and turbo housing.

http://www.pacbrake.com/index.php?page=maintenance-4
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Mike Wrote: "<span class="ev_code_RED">Sometimes they get rusty and stick. Have you tried moving the brake by hand (when cool)? There is a special oil made to lubricate them".</span>
Freightliner told me it was most probably an in-line fuse. Gonna check that first. If it isn't the fuse, I'll go on to the unit itself.

Thanks,

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Old 05-22-2008, 09:51 AM   #6
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Thanks. Someone else mentioned lubing. Thanks for the page which shows the unit and points of lubing.

Where is the unit located on the engine? My rig has a 300 Cat. Do I look under the bed or from under the engine?

Thanks a bunch.

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Old 05-22-2008, 03:24 PM   #7
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I found and replaced the blown in-line fuse.

Is there any way to determine if the brake is working now while parked?

Regards,

Jim, In smokey Calif
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