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Old 06-07-2012, 04:28 PM   #1
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310 handbrake switch

I'm really getting stuck in now and finding my way around (with the help of a P30 chassis manual). Must take some pics.
I posted a problem in the mechanics section about a leaking heater matrix. What a pain!
I had just got the engine running nice and all 4 barrels were opening. It gets a bit windy with the cover off. Wow.
I have joined the heater take off hoses using some 15mm plastic plumbing pipe. About 8 cm is enough. Anyone want 1.92 metres of poly pipe?
I got the vacuum gauge working which I will be monitoring closely to be eco. Just needed blow and a suck.
Is there a red waring light on the dash that shows that the handbrake is on?
I have one red bulb on the dash that does not light but i cant find my Airstream manual so I'm not sure what its for. I am guessing that the switch has gone funny. Maybe the bulb has gone? Are the 'bulb's lit by fibre optic? I cant seem to pull them out of the dash so I'm guessing that you buy units in your chosen colours?? Any one know please.
Also I re-affixed the brake light switch which is just a plunger with a small contact area on the pedal. i'm a bit worried about it moving and always being on. It was attached with just one screw from underneath. Is this right. There are two horizontal holes in a bracket at the front just above the switch. Is there a bit missing to hold the switch steady?
I noticed a vacuum line at the top of it. This looks important and I guess it activates the Hydro Boost or something??

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Old 06-08-2012, 10:29 AM   #2
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Our 310 does have a red warning light in the dash showing that the handbrake is on. Ours works, so I have not looked into it.
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Old 06-13-2012, 09:14 PM   #3
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I'll try and get a photo of where my handbrake light is on my dash. There could be a possibility though that our dashes are not the same set-up. Will post photo tomorrow.
As well, your 'joining' of your heater hoses, may not be the best fix. At some point, especially when you're planning your first long distance trip, I'd go ahead and buy enough heater hose length and replace it all. For my 345, Keyair has said that I need about 70 feet, what with the Auxiliary heater in dinette seating area and the motor assist on the water heater. Good luck, Derek
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Old 06-15-2012, 08:32 PM   #4
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Don't know if these will help you or not.
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Old 06-26-2012, 01:30 AM   #5
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I have joined the heater take off hoses using some 15mm plastic plumbing pipe. About 8 cm is enough. Anyone want 1.92 metres of poly pipe?
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NO! NO! NO! This exact same mistake by a prior owner of my 310 cost him his engine. Climbing a moderate hill, the plastic melted. Plastic plumbing pipe of any kind will fail and dump your coolant at just the wrong time. I'm serious, take this piece out right now and replace it with anything else, brass or steel but not plastic!
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Old 06-27-2012, 10:35 AM   #6
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DITTO to dljosephson's comment. DO THAT RIGHT NOW. We had the same experience, and luckily caught it before serious damage. Plastic melts!
There IS a brake warning light on the dash - wired in the traditional way from a microswitch in the handbrake handle enclosure. That switch gets out of adjustment and/or breaks with road vibration, so check that first.
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