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Old 03-15-2010, 11:50 PM   #1
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Be the last

For me, I will be one of the last to change the calipers on my rig. I have an 05 with nearly 30k miles on it and no brake problems. I knew through two sources way before this brouhaha started to change my brake fluid every two; one was my service writer at Beaudry RV and the second BMW. My 99 M3 had phenolic pistons and BMW recommended a 2 year service interval for the brake fluid. The M3 is designed for the brakes to function, without diminished capacity, when red hot. There is a reason high-performance vehicles and police cruisers have these calipers, they do not transfer heat like metal pistons to the brake fluid.

Is changing my fluid the reason I am not having problems, who knows for sure. Is it because I drive my rig using the brakes as little as possible; gears in the mountains, maintaining a distance in traffic, could be. Is it because I have progressive supplemental brakes on my tow vehicle, again who knows. Am I simply lucky and my calipers were on the favorable side of the tolerances for the caliper/piston, I will never know.

I do know this, I am not turning my RV into a rolling test lab for Workhorse and Bosch for a problem it does not sound like they have a definitive fix for. (Floor mats and stuck accelerators sounds familiar)

So I appreciate those of you getting on waiting lists and being the first to the repair shop for the recall. I will be one of the last.
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Old 03-16-2010, 05:11 AM   #2
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according to year (age) get ready., 4 to 5 years and its up!
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Old 03-16-2010, 08:16 AM   #3
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So I appreciate those of you getting on waiting lists and being the first to the repair shop for the recall. I will be one of the last.
surfride, It doesn't matter when you get the recall done... just so long as in the end you wind up with the little yellow campaign sticker, you'll be good to go! The only thing that the recall will instruct is that you should call the service center to make an appointment, it doesn't tell you when. As federal recalls are mandatory, there are no time constraints so you can have the calipers serviced 2 years from now if you want to.

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Old 03-16-2010, 11:31 AM   #4
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Surfride, the other members are right. It seems that if you are going to have a caliper seize up, it usually doesn't happen until the vehicle is between 4 and 6 years old. That being said, I have a 2003 and I haven't had that problem yet, and I have changed the brake fluid twice and the last time I changed out the brake fluid in all 3 cars as well for good measure.
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