Sunday, April 9, 2017

Give Me a Brake!

Actually, give me two brakes, and new ones at that! For the past week I have been wrestling with my rear end -- not mine, the truck's! It is getting new rear axle seals and brake assemblies. The bill is horrendous, and that's just for parts. I'm doing the labor.

So this could have hit us during our much anticipated trip back east. It would have been a catastrophic disaster for us, costing a couple of grand. I estimate the total cost will be about 1/4 that of having it done on the road somewhere. I hate breaking down away from home.

The first pic shows the axle with the hub and brakes removed. Rust coats any surfaces that were not being rubbed by the rear seal. I will wire brush, emery paper and paint it.

The second pic is of the rear dust shield. It is rusted through in several spots. This would have led to a brake failure on the road. Not a pleasant outcome.

The third is the new parking brake assembly on the bench. That's the best way to put it together, on the bench.

The last pic is everything put back on the truck. All that is left is bleeding the brakes and adding new lube to the differential. Oh, and finishing the other side! If you do one side, you gotta do the other, or so I'm told. I guess that's why they only sell stuff in pairs (mostly). Turns out both sides were rusting out.

This type of work I detest. But I hate paying someone else to do it poorly even more. Knowing it was done correctly is peace of mind. Hurts my back though. Karren was there today to help. I got more done with her in five hours than I had the whole previous week. But then I like to take my time if I have a garage to work in.

Tune in next time and we might actually have some camping to talk about instead of truck repair...


  1. At least you are able to do the repair yourself. Good job on the repair.

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