Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
 
Old 11-09-2014, 12:58 PM   #1
Rivet Master

 
Currently Looking...
1995 36' Classic 36
Ludington , Michigan
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,305
Brake Job Spartan EC2000

I inspected the brakes carefully on the pre-purchase. They looked like new and the owner said it got new rotors, pads, and a air/hydraulic unit just before he bought it. After 4 years I decided to check the brakes and flush the system. All four calipers had cracked boots. This can lead to the pistons getting seized from corrosion. I couldn't get new boots without buying caliper rebuild kits. They ran about $50 a wheel so it wasn't too bad.

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1415557878.792855.jpg
Views:	97
Size:	757.3 KB
ID:	226073

The brakes were really easy to work on compared to a lot of light vehicles I've worked on. The retaining clip is held on by one bolt and drives out easily. The pads were still in good shape but new ones were pretty cheap so I replaced them while I had the calipers off. I did find that someone used brass fittings to connect the brake lines to the calipers. Not a good idea as they are pretty easy to bust off. There was also no way to remove the lines without rotating the whole caliper as there was no swivel fitting. Also leads to issues of not being able to properly torque the fitting. I believe this was the factory installation.

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1415558425.760333.jpg
Views:	86
Size:	612.7 KB
ID:	226074

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1415558482.500548.jpg
Views:	90
Size:	606.2 KB
ID:	226075

I had new brake lines made up at a local shop with the proper steel ends.

The Pistons popped right out with the air hose. Be sure to put a wooden block in to keep one from popping all the way out with no way to get the second one out as the chambers are interconnected. I don't learns fast but what I learns I remembers. Wear splash goggles as the propylene based brake fluid can cause permanent damage to your eyes.

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1415558897.807346.jpg
Views:	103
Size:	1,005.5 KB
ID:	226076

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1415558927.515764.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	786.4 KB
ID:	226077

The bores on the calipers looked like new which was a relief as the Meritor calipers run about $800 a piece and about 1/2 that for remans. Assembly takes a bit of a technique that you will master by the 4th caliper.

Click image for larger version

Name:	ImageUploadedByAirstream Forums1415559291.470696.jpg
Views:	102
Size:	636.9 KB
ID:	226078

Total cost was about $500 including hoses and a gallon of Castrol Dot 3/4 to flush and fill the system. The job really wasn't PITA I expected.

Next write up will be on installation of a Pacbrake.



Dave...
__________________

__________________
Kota is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-10-2014, 11:52 AM   #2
Rivet Master
 
mayco's Avatar

 
1982 31' Airstream 310
champaign , Illinois
Join Date: Jun 2013
Posts: 2,764
Nice work!
__________________

__________________
mayco is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2014, 01:33 AM   #3
Rivet Master
 
Vycan's Avatar
 
1994 36' Classic 36 Diesel
Manhattan , Kansas
Join Date: Mar 2012
Posts: 805
Blog Entries: 1
Great writeup! Who'd you get the motorhome from?
__________________
1994 36' Classic Diesel Pusher
Vycan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 11-11-2014, 08:05 AM   #4
Rivet Master

 
Currently Looking...
1995 36' Classic 36
Ludington , Michigan
Join Date: May 2011
Posts: 1,305
Quote:
Originally Posted by Vycan View Post
Great writeup! Who'd you get the motorhome from?

A couple in Seattle about 4 years ago.
__________________
Kota is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Brake Job on P30? 92landyacht Mechanics Corner - Engines, Transmission & More... 8 04-24-2014 05:43 PM
Spartan Mansion 33 :: 1950 Airstream Spartan Mansion j2m Airstream Registry Discussions 0 01-28-2012 10:38 AM
Found something weird doing my first brake job. uniquemicro Brakes & Brake Controllers 4 09-20-2009 01:14 AM
Brake job - now they're broken floridartist Brakes & Brake Controllers 25 08-13-2009 01:00 AM
Big Job turned into bigger JOB, need advice. lebolewis Waste Systems, Tanks & Totes 10 11-16-2006 06:28 AM


Virginia Campgrounds

Reviews provided by




Copyright 2002- Social Knowledge, LLC All Rights Reserved.

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 06:00 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8 Beta 1
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.

Airstream is a registered trademark of Airstream Inc. All rights reserved. Airstream trademark used under license to Social Knowledge LLC.