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Old 10-14-2009, 07:23 PM   #1
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Annual Brake Fluid Flush Completed

Regretfully as part timers we only traveled a little over 900 miles in the last 12 months this year. That is documented by our annual state inspection program as well as my own personal records.

We store our W22 Newmar from November through April outdoors on a gravel driveway during the cold Maine winters. I drive quite conservatively with light braking and downshifting when possible. We do not overload our coach and occassionaly pass over a local CAT Scale facility to be sure. We use a progressive toad braking system when towing our Honda CRV. All four calipers have been changed at seperate times,(my expense). I use the TST tire monitoring system which we love. All tires are properly maintained.

Lasy year you saw my 1 year old brake fluid when DriVer ran a survey to see if you could tell what the mystery black fluid was. That fluid was only twelve months old but did have a bit more miles.

I just returned from the local RV dealer who does our state inspection and other work. We drained and flushed the entire system again even though only 900 miles. That 12 month old fluid was a very dark brown again. We put in seven 12 oz bottles of Ford Dot3 HD brake fluid.

For the small price of the fluid and labor I can drive with a much better piece of mind. We did not pull the pins this year as we put all new pins and boots in last year at this time.

I'm looking forward to the recall whenever it happens, but in the mean time I will continue to flush the fluid annually. Don't be misguided by looking at the color of the fluid in the master cylinder. It won't be the same as at the wheel.

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Old 10-14-2009, 08:05 PM   #2
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Like yourself I changed my brake fluid with 27,000 miles on original brake fluid. To my surprise the old was not the real black color everyone has uncounted, it was a dark brown.
The wheel locations were a darker brown but still not black.
I have never changed brake fluid on all the 4 Fords just this Workhorse. I checked the disks and they had rust but no cracks or ripples that I have seen pictures of on others disks.
The coach other than a trip to Ohio didn't go far this year and last year I was rebuilding old house living full time on its front lawn.
Never had a seizure of caliper or brake heated smell.
I try to keep a safe distance from vehicles in front of me and allow the weight of coach to help slow vehicle down with minimal braking.
I do drive in CC, with UP the drive train just eats up the grades, most of the time drive around 60-62 and just enjoy the ride, being retired whats the hurry.
Down grades are shifted down in gears with engine use for slowing vehicle down.
This has worked for me on any car or coach I have driven for over 50 years.
All I can say is drive safely.
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Originally Posted by bdaball View Post
We did not pull the pins this year as we put all new pins and boots in last year at this time.
I think wh requires the pin to be pulled and greased every 6 months. I could be wrong because I dont have my manual in front of me. But Imo I dont believe it matters.
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