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Old 05-27-2012, 08:39 AM   #1
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F53 Fleetwood Parking brake

Ok, The brakes on the RV work great. But, the parking brake ever since we got the RV 6-8 weeks ago does not work. I have worked on brakes every since I was a kid (long time ago, LOL) on all kinds of car and truck (new type of system new to me). I have not looked into the parking brake at this time. But, was wondering if someone has had any issues or some really good input as what to look at. I have really gotten some REALLY GOOD INFO off this site! (Thank you Dunner and others) So that being said What UP??

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Old 05-27-2012, 11:06 AM   #2
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If your system has the 'Rotten Green Switch', look there first. OldUsedBear (do a seach here on the forum) is the recognized expert on that system. He's OK with people contacting him and he walks them through a test procedure.

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Old 05-27-2012, 02:09 PM   #3
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If you give the chassis, year and make of your coach you will get a lot more answers. Chev., then Workhorse used a different park brake than Ford and there were problems with many of them.
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Old 05-27-2012, 03:26 PM   #4
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Yes your right! I was thinking it was in my info already. Like you said if I go ahead and put it someone would know without looking.
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Old 05-30-2012, 12:25 PM   #5
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At the FMCA Rally in Perry GA in 2005, Ron Pung - Ford Customer Service, Modified Vehicle Specialist, from Ford put on a seminar on Maintenance for the Ford motorhome chassis followed by a question and answer session. One of the things he mentioned was the importance of checking the fluid level in the Parking Brake housing every 12 months or sooner if any sign of leakage occurs. The cavity only holds about 4 oz of automatic transmission fluid (same fluid the transmission uses) so it is critical that the level be properly maintained. Parts alone to repair this item if it is run dry cost over $1200. The picture below shows the location of the plug you must remove to see if the level is correct. The fluid level is the bottom of the plug opening so it should be filled to the point it starts to run out. It is located 1/2 way up on the drivers side of the transmission just above where the parking brake cable is connected to the housing. I couldn't get a socket wrench on it because the parking brake cable was in the way. I folded a small piece of paper and cut the end to a point to use as a funnel when I topped mine off. If it's low, the seals should be checked/replaced and the level rechecked more often. The plug wrench size is 18mm.
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