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soren

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Posted: 05/30/19 03:20pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would just pull into a NAPA, or similar, buy the parts, park the truck off to the side, and have at it. If there is any question, tell anybody that's bothering you that it's an emergency, you nearly went through the last light, and found fluid flowing out of the caliper.

I was towing a travel trailer through Bangor Maine one summer, when a front brake pad decided to separate from the backer, and leave the scene. I did exactly what I suggest, and nobody cared. The other good part of that plan is that you are right there when you discover that you need some additional part to get the job done.

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“Can I Get Away With...” No! And don’t try without permission.


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Posted: 05/30/19 03:49pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I would just pull into a NAPA, or similar, buy the parts, park the truck off to the side, and have at it. If there is any question, tell anybody that's bothering you that it's an emergency, you nearly went through the last light, and found fluid flowing out of the caliper.

I was towing a travel trailer through Bangor Maine one summer, when a front brake pad decided to separate from the backer, and leave the scene. I did exactly what I suggest, and nobody cared. The other good part of that plan is that you are right there when you discover that you need some additional part to get the job done.


This would be my advice. If anyone hassles you explain that it was safer to do the job in the parking lot than try to go elsewhere and you had difficulty finding a facility that was willing to do the work.

BTW, is there any such thing as a "quick" brake job? [emoticon]


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soren wrote:

I would just pull into a NAPA, or similar, buy the parts, park the truck off to the side, and have at it. If there is any question, tell anybody that's bothering you that it's an emergency, you nearly went through the last light, and found fluid flowing out of the caliper.

I was towing a travel trailer through Bangor Maine one summer, when a front brake pad decided to separate from the backer, and leave the scene. I did exactly what I suggest, and nobody cared. The other good part of that plan is that you are right there when you discover that you need some additional part to get the job done.


This is definitely something I have been thinking of. I have seen a lot of people at Napa or AutoZone doing things on their car. Long as I was off to the side I don’t think anybody would bother me.

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Posted: 05/30/19 04:05pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Good lord.

Your brakes did not fail yesterday, From your post, yet you have no problem driving around, with an inability to stop? And risk hitting and killing people? And you think only of how it would inconvenience you to get them fixed?

What on Gods green earth is wrong with you!

* This post was edited 05/30/19 04:18pm by winnietrey *

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QUIT DRIVING AROUND WITH NO BRAKES! Park on the side of the road and do it.Or find a Walmart lot or Autozone lot.

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Take it easy there guys. I have an exhaust brake. And a granny gear. I can get down to 10 or 5 mph. It’s coming to a complete stop that is proving to be very difficult. It works, just not well.

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I hope that this post is some kind of sick joke. What kind of selfish person would drive around without fully functioning brakes? Especially with a TC on top of the truck. I would never put others in danger like that, I could not live with myself if I injured or killed someone.

If you caused an accident and it could be proven that you knew about the problem, your insurance company may get away without paying any claims.


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Posted: 05/30/19 04:31pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Doesn’t want to bring it to a shop, feels mechanics that don’t want to use a floor jack are “lazy”, doesn’t want to do the job in a Walmart parking lot, doesn’t stay at campgrounds. What do you want the mechanic to do, come to the someplace to fix your brakes? Are you joking?

Brake fluid gone, parking brake (btw, is NO substitute for brakes) doesn’t work. Dude, you need more than just replacement pads! You’re a mess who needs to be removed from the road until the truck works correctly.

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You guys are weird. I don’t see this as that big of a problem. I can control the vehicle. Pretty much. Enough to get it somewhere to fix the brakes. None of the other posters had a problem. They offered some constructive good advice.

I guess like anything on the Internet, now it’s the time for the haters after the good advice is done.

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