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Old 06-20-2014, 05:24 AM   #15
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Hope that solves your issue. Please update us when you can.
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The best outcome will be that nothing eventful happens. If the brakes fail again, hopefully I'll be able to update (grin).
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Old 06-21-2014, 07:08 AM   #17
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Dave, you sound like you know what you're doing, but just in case, have you considered using a lower gear in traffic? In some conditions it's not only easier on your brakes, it's just easier to drive.
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Old 06-22-2014, 06:01 AM   #18
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1998 Bounder - Has Anyone Experienced Brake Failure In Hot Weather?

Sound advice. Oddly enough, my problem occurred during 45 mph stop and go. Numerous lights changing just when you get up to speed. I'll engage your advice when I next encounter bumper to bumper crawl.

My chassis manual probably has the best advice. The next time I begin to feel pedal fade, I'm going to stop for lunch and let everything cool down.
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Not tossing this in your face, just planting a mental note, OK? After dealing with a '93 34' HR w/tag on a Chev chassis for a while (pulling a CRV toad), brakes were on my mind when it came time to pick the next coach out. It's one of the bigger reasons I went DP. The air brakes will stop you. Period. No more stress..... even in the big hills/mountains.
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Old 06-30-2014, 06:11 AM   #20
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Hope that solves your issue. Please update us when you can.

Well, the update is that, so far, the brakes remained firm from Jacksonville, FL to Charleston, SC, to Huntington, WV. I haven't endured stop and go traffic in stifling heat yet. But I expect that the DOT 4 is going to perform better.

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I just had the same thing happen after a long pull in the Smokie Mountains, got to the top and no brakes but after cool down no problem. Later in stop and go traffic for over an hour it happened again, after cool down no problem. Is there any information on how to flush the system
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I just had the same thing happen after a long pull in the Smokie Mountains, got to the top and no brakes but after cool down no problem. Later in stop and go traffic for over an hour it happened again, after cool down no problem. Is there any information on how to flush the system
Generally you don't apply brakes going up hill, so IF they were hot enough to fail I suspect you may have one or more calipers dragging the pads and over-heating the fluid. Check to see if the hoses are preventing the pressure to release. Regardless, you should replace the fluid with fresh DOT 3. IMO, this not something you should attempt as a DIY project if you don't have experience, no offence intended.
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Actually, I suggest you replace the DOT3 fluid with DOT4. In the past, the two were incompatible and there were warnings that the DOT4 fluid would ruin the seals in DOT3 systems. That's no longer a problem. The DOT4 fluid has a much higher boiling point. I haven't had brake fade problems since replacing my fluid.
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The air brakes will stop you. Period. No more stress..... even in the big hills/mountains.
Another entry in the very long list of Famous Last Words by dead people.
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You're right. I should have said stop you better....but I think maybe most people got my point?
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Air brakes require maintenance like any other brake system. And when they fail it's usually catastrophic. I saw a big truck that had taken a.runaway truck exit In NC. The tractor chassis and trailer had stopped in the deep sand berms but the cab had totally separated a went another 100 feet.
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