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Old van brake problem......



 
 
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Old July 12th 04, 09:09 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
dave lympany
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Default Old van brake problem......

Hi,

Just something I would like to know the answer to about a van we used to own
a few years ago.........It was an old Windsor model made in around `78 I
think, anyway we used it quite a lot for around six months, never went very
far with it, with no problems at all with the brakes, until we went down to
tenby which is around 300 miles from where we live, it went there fine, but
coming home I noticed that the brakes started to come on nearly all the
time, and it got much worse as I drove home. I kept stopping to let it
`cool` down, I even thought of disconnecting the darn cable (not a good
idea) So I pursued carefully
We where only about half hour from home, when I had to stop, to find out
what was going on........the wheel was so hot that the grease had actually
melted and was dripping from the hub like water!
I remember at the time, we had to get the AA to take it home on the relay, I
sold a few weeks after having lost faith, it was quite old (had coil springs
on the axle) not like the indespension units of today.........
I suspect that it might have been something to do with the piston at the
front hitch? Anyone had this on their van, is it common with older vans?

Cheers


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Old July 12th 04, 10:31 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Hitch Lock
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Default Old van brake problem......

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
dave lympany wrote:

Hi,

Just something I would like to know the answer to about a van we used
to own a few years ago.........It was an old Windsor model made in
around `78 I think, anyway we used it quite a lot for around six
months, never went very far with it, with no problems at all with the
brakes, until we went down to tenby which is around 300 miles from
where we live, it went there fine, but coming home I noticed that the
brakes started to come on nearly all the time, and it got much worse
as I drove home. I kept stopping to let it `cool` down, I even
thought of disconnecting the darn cable (not a good idea) So I
pursued carefully
We where only about half hour from home, when I had to stop, to find
out what was going on........the wheel was so hot that the grease had
actually melted and was dripping from the hub like water!
I remember at the time, we had to get the AA to take it home on the
relay, I sold a few weeks after having lost faith, it was quite old
(had coil springs on the axle) not like the indespension units of
today.........
I suspect that it might have been something to do with the piston at
the front hitch? Anyone had this on their van, is it common with
older vans?

Cheers


I've never heard of such a problem - even with older vans. The only time
I've ever overheated my brakes was when I accidentally failed to fully
release the handbrake - so that it was still on by a couple of notches. Are
you sure you didn't do the same?
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Hitch Lock
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Old July 12th 04, 10:53 PM posted to uk.rec.caravanning
Tony Maris
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Default Old van brake problem......



"Hitch Lock" wrote in message
...
In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
dave lympany wrote:

Hi,

Just something I would like to know the answer to about a van we used
to own a few years ago.........It was an old Windsor model made in
around `78 I think, anyway we used it quite a lot for around six
months, never went very far with it, with no problems at all with the
brakes, until we went down to tenby which is around 300 miles from
where we live, it went there fine, but coming home I noticed that the
brakes started to come on nearly all the time, and it got much worse
as I drove home. I kept stopping to let it `cool` down, I even
thought of disconnecting the darn cable (not a good idea) So I
pursued carefully
We where only about half hour from home, when I had to stop, to find
out what was going on........the wheel was so hot that the grease had
actually melted and was dripping from the hub like water!
I remember at the time, we had to get the AA to take it home on the
relay, I sold a few weeks after having lost faith, it was quite old
(had coil springs on the axle) not like the indespension units of
today.........
I suspect that it might have been something to do with the piston at
the front hitch? Anyone had this on their van, is it common with
older vans?

Cheers


I've never heard of such a problem - even with older vans. The only time
I've ever overheated my brakes was when I accidentally failed to fully
release the handbrake - so that it was still on by a couple of notches.

Are
you sure you didn't do the same?
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Cheers,
Hitch Lock
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Please reply to newsgroup. Reply address is invalid.


As Hitchlock says, the handbrake partially on would cause that, but so would
a seized brake link pivot, or a kinked cable! with Coil springs, it sounds
like B&B suspension, so would more likely be rods to the brakes, however,
the later B&B sigma's did use autro reverse brakes and the MKii Lockheed
were cable operated.........

It still happens on new systems, if not serviced or used correctly.

Regards


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Tony M
Towbars & Trailers
Chesterfield
Specialists in Towing Equipment
NTTA Council Member
http://www.towitall.co.uk
QSA accredited for Towbars and Trailers



 



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