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Old 04-11-2011, 11:58 PM   #1
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We are new to this and considering a 2009 Entegra Aspire with 7,500 miles on it. The brakes make a noise. The coach appears to be in perfect condition. A mechanic checked it and said that the brakes have probably not been broken in (burnished) as the coach has a "jake brake". Any thoughts would be appreciated as we really like the coach but have never owned any coach before. Any info would be appreciated

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Old 04-18-2011, 08:10 AM   #3
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2009 Aspire came with 360hp Cummins and exhaust brake. Noise with the brakes are most likely because of the coach just sitting around to much. Very low miles. Great motorhome with very simple systems. You should enjoy this coach very much.

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The explanation does make a certain amount of sense. You need to brake hard now and then to keep your brakes from glazing. If you have an exhaust or engine brake and use them well, you might not use your service brakes "enough." Easily fixed (by you), at no expense.
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Old 04-20-2011, 09:32 AM   #5
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Many folks don't get the lowdown on the jake brake and when to use it. Who knows why your brakes make noise, give it a month and try a diff mechanic. Use your Jake brake at all times unless you are on freeway on cruise control. Your brakes will last for 15 yrs if you rely on your jake brake, its there for a reason. I see to many diesel pushers not using their jake brakes and I know they are wearing down the rotors at a fast rate.
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Have a wheel pulled and look at the brakes. If it is "burnishing" then a good run down the road with occasional hard stops will eventually cure that (don't forget to do it in reverse as well) - quite normal. If there is clunking, grinding, metal on metal sounds then check the bushings and pins where the brake pads pivot - these can get quite rusty and sieze up from lack of use. Remember, these chassis components are designed to be driven 500 miles daily, not 5000 annually. If you think it is the pins / bushings then get an opinion / price from a qualified truck shop. All ours had to be done two years ago but I was lucky, Tiffin paid for it. The shop that did the repair said it was from the chassis having sat outside for so long waiting for "the build" then sitting around waiting to get sold! If I remember it was about $300 per wheel if I was paying so look into this!

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