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Old 05-13-2015, 08:21 PM   #1
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Class a brake and wheel issues

So one this 97 hr endeavor gas I took it for a test drive. It all felt fine. We'll as fine as driving a house down the street can go. I felt like a boss pulling it out of the driveway with no issues. Felt pretty good. So I got out on the road and looked down and saw the brake light was on, on the gauges. Already cheating the e brake 3 times before I left. So I get back to the house and stop and it's a small cloud of smoke. But smelt weird. Did smell like oil and didn't smell like brakes. So I figured it was just because it hasn't been driven in awhile. So with a slight concern I shrug it of. The brake light would go on and off. I thought it was weird. But being around car my whole life I figured it really nothing. So after letting it run in the driveway for a while I decide to take it for another round. 2nd time it felt like it drove alot better. But about 2 miles away from the house I started hearing a sound from the front left wheel. It sounded like it was going flat. I feel everyone's heard the sound before. So I pull over get out and check and nothing. I roughly look at the alignment and looked straight. So I carefully drive it back to my house. The sound didn't change it didn't matter if I was turning or what. The sound stayed the same until I slowed down. Well i pull in the drive way and an even bigger cloud of smoke comes from the rear brakes again. It's only got 45k miles. And I can't think for the life of me what it couod be. Please help.

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Old 05-13-2015, 09:17 PM   #2
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Sounds like you are leaking brake fluid onto the hot rear brakes. It may be either a leaking cylinder or a blown brake line. With only 45k miles on an eighteen year old rig there is probably a lot of rubber dry rot. My workhorse started smoking from the left rear and it turned out to be a bad wheel seal. The front tire sound could be a flat spot from sitting for a long time.

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Old 05-14-2015, 01:43 PM   #3
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Hi Chasecoffey, sounds like it is time for a complete brake overhaul. As Dan pointed out, you are probably suffering from rubber rot and overall deterioration.
It would be worthwhile to pull the wheels and inspect the brakes and rear axle seals but at the age of that chassis it would be wise to go through the brake system entirely and know you are solid. New Master Cylinder, rebuilt calipers with pads all around and new brake hoses.
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Old 05-14-2015, 02:09 PM   #4
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Yes, the guy that I'm getting it from has said he will pay for the repairs. Which I was happy to hear.
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Old 05-14-2015, 10:20 PM   #5
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Get a creeper and go front to back. Check all lines and hoses. Especially brake and fuel lines. Also check all of your radiator and heater hoses.

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Just doing a visible inspection won't catch deterioration inside the rubber hoses. It's a known problem and keeps the brake fluid from draining back to the master cyl. resulting in overheated brakes. There have been several stories/articles in magazines about the problem.
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Take it to someone who knows what they are doing! A qualified brake shop.
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X2 on the qualified. Very few RV dealers are qualified for chassis work. Take it someplace that works on trucks! They'll have people that know what they're doing and you'll have a much better chance of getting it right the first time.

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