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Old 01-06-2012, 09:38 AM   #15
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It is not unusual for an older battery to have a slight outward bulge, but "swollen" is definitely not good. It's a judgment call as to when the outward taper becomes "swollen". Sort of like the difference between plump and fat.

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Old 01-06-2012, 10:27 PM   #16
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How the heck did We get from Brakes to Batteries?

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Capn Morgan mentioned it about a few posts later .
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Old 01-07-2012, 12:05 AM   #18
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they test the batteries and then he says that they are fine and they won't replace them. So when I asked him about the brakes, he tells me that they should be fine and I tell him that I want them checked and he sounds like he doens't really want to get his guys to do that, so now I'm getting a little steamed. I've had several conversations with the head of the shop and I kind of trust him, but I'm not happy with the front office.
Sounds like the guy in the shop realizes that he'll be the one dealing with you once the sale is complete BUT right now you're getting the sales dept. "spin".

In today's market, you have the upper hand. Getting an independent inspection is ALWAYS a good idea . . . with what you've said already, I wouldn't proceed without one!
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The correct answer to "How long do brakes last" is "Till they wear out" There is no set formula for getting it right.

Some will last almost forever, some will be gone in 10,000 miles. It all depends on how you drive and whether there are mechanical issues that need fixing.

My '05 Ody had over 82,000 miles and the parking brakes weren't working (think I left the parking brake partly on and towed it). So I bought all new rotors, parking brake shoes and pads and tore into it. Found that the parking brake shoes were worn way down and broken. The pads were less than half worn, but since I had the parts and it was torn apart I went ahead and replaced them.
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Thanks to the people here, I now realize that inspecting the remaining life of the brake pads is not a big deal. I thought you had to remove the tires and drums, now I know that they can be inspected with a flashlight and In fact should be part of regular trip checklist. I also learned that, while a car's brakes can need replacing in 40,000 mi. It's possible for RV brakes to last 100k mi. Also, since I started the thread, I have found a local mechanic that I have a good feeling about, who also may be able to help with my solar install, so I am no longer totally dependent on the dealer. So thanks again, everyone.
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On my 2000 Flair MH, 60,000 miles, the brake pads had
85 percent left. I replaced them.

I've learned in the car business that age can be a factor. The pads (bonded) had heat cracks and were warpped at the ends.

I replaced them with rivetted pads. The coach stops alot better.

Just my experience.

PS: I mean age in ref. to the parts. Not me, of course
I"m only 70.

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