Join Date: Mar 2016
My Motorhome: I drive...Autotrail Arapahoe
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Help required urgently! Arapahoe brakes
Please can anyone help me here?
I decided to start a new thread for this. Our Arapahoe brakes have locked for the second time this year. We have decided that it is time to look for a new MH. Unfortunately, the MOT is now out of date, without which I am in no position to trade her in. She is taxed, insured and costing lock-up fees, which grieves me as I cannot move her.
So far I have replaced the shoes on the rear axles and replaced three cylinders that were leaking.. However, upon re-bleeding the brakes following the cylinder changes, I find that the wheels have locked again. The bleed was done without the ignition on.
My Garage suggests that the fault lies with the small "bullet" valve, which serves only the rear brakes. I find this difficult to believe, as we only changed this part in the spring of this year and have barely done a thousand miles since. I'm also unsure if we can be sure that the master cylinder is not at fault.
My brother suggest jacking up one side of the van to see if the front wheel is locked as well as the back.
I'm loathe to buy a master cylinder, without being sure that this will rectify the problem. To be honest, I thought that the locked cylinder was the root cause, as this was the wheel that was smoking.
Unfortunately, in the condition she is in, we are unable to move her. This rules out dumping her on the forecourt of our garage and letting them sort her out! We also had a major delay with them earlier in the year as she was in the lock-up and not "in their face", meaning she was not a priority for them.
So, what can I do? Someone on this forum has surely had a similar ordeal?
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