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Posted: 09/07/17 03:47pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

In the past I seldom used the parking/emergence brake. We now have a mh with a slide, and the parking brake must to be set in order to extend the slide.

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Keep in mind we are talking about a vehicle that is prone to have calipers etc stick as the topic of the thread. For cars that have no issues fine but a little extra maintenance can go a long way here. I believe Ford MH chassis has recommended two year fluid change for a long time now. Not going to hurt one bit to remove, inspect and lube that caliper front and rear while servicing the fluid.


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klutchdust wrote:

Recently a friend told me the quick lube stores are recommending it to customers.

Those places recommend you change everything.. I avoid them.

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rbrand wrote:

I had a brake caliper seize heading up Vancouver Island. I had it replaced at OK tire in Duncan. Excellent service had me out in an hour.
The fellow that I was dealing with said that if an Motorhome is left sitting for a extended period of time. It should be left with the parking brake off. This will help prevent the brake caliper from seizing up.

I've never heard of this.

What are your opinions?


I would say it froze up due to lack of use!
While not 100% familiar with your MH, parking brakes seldom use the caliper and pads. Typicality it is a drum assembly inside the rotor.
Depending on the parking pral in the transmission is a bad idea as many have died or been seriously injured when it doesn't completely lock.


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ScottG wrote:


It has also been a good idea to change it regularly because moisture builds up in it


Old wives tale. Sorry but it IS.

If the sealed system is compromised to the point that water (even moist air) can get IN....then the brake fluid will also leak OUT.
No leaks, no moisture infiltration.

The reason that shops "recommend" it is that it increases their margin.....especially if they can sell you other parts in the process......like new rotors to replace ones that are not bad.

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gbopp wrote:

klutchdust wrote:

Recently a friend told me the quick lube stores are recommending it to customers.

Those places recommend you change everything.. I avoid them.


I've noticed they especially like to tell you to change tail lights - that work perfeclty fine.


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On my Itasca the slides won't go out unless the emergency brake is on.


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rhagfo wrote:

While not 100% familiar with your MH, parking brakes seldom use the caliper and pads. Typicality it is a drum assembly inside the rotor.
This is why I don't buy it. OP needs to confirm what is what here.

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Use your parking brake, that's what it is intended for.
Forget changing brake fluid, it's such a pain it the...you know what.
My car has over 160,000 miles on it and still has the original brake fluid.
What's the problem?


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