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Raquel

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Well, we've gone and done it. We came to a park off the mountain and alongside the Feather River to wait for Trish to finish work. I swear that the amount of rain we've had must have set some sort of record, Additionally, it's much more humid down here than we thought. Sitting for 90 days, our poor baby truck hasn't been run in all that time. Yesterday I went out to start it so that we could take it for a drive and I felt so good when it fired right up, no hesitation. I put it into gear and ... the brakes are stuck. A little bit of rocking (and I think the driver's side being the 'drive' side) the left side broke loose. No amount of trying to move the truck would unstick the right side, so I guess it's time to crawl underneath and beat on the brake drum with a big hammer. Grrrrr.

 

Next time we're driving the truck a little more often.

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Bill, we had parked really close to the front of the trailer so backing had to be done VERY carefully. Trish crawled under toay and banged all around the drum. I got in and tried to pull forward again, only managing to dig a deeper hole. Then in reverse I felt it give a little and kept it on the back side of the hole with the brake. In low, I held the brake with one foot and gave it throttle with the other. As soon as I hit the throttle and released the brake, it popped loose. I'm sure it was Trish's banging that did it though.

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Jack, it's all good now. It was parked in the grass with the accompanying ants, spiders and God know what else. Topping it all off, she had 10-year old dirt and grease all over her hands. Eeeew! Now it's on the blacktop so the next trip under there Trish won't have to worry about the critters. :rolleyes:

 

We also try not to let the truck sit for more than a month, but this winter it just got away from us.

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Raquel,

My truck's brakes were also stuck when I started it up this weekend after 4 months sitting near the ocean in Florida. It did move forward, but clearly some of the brakes were not releasing. I backed up and went forward again, and repeated that several times. Finally it seemed to roll OK without power, so I just drove out of the yard and put on about 20 miles, lots of stop and go. Seems to be fine now.

Pete

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So, for the newbies like me, what is causing the brakes to stick in the rain. Mine did it once. Is it metallic brake linings rusting to the drums? Or is it the linkage?

 

Inquiring minds would like to know.

 

Thanks,

 

Jim

 

BTW - my Big Boy is now stored at the house because I am working on the GPS/camera system. So, each Sunday, I take it for a drive.

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For those of us that have trouble with sticking brakes, I have found that a ~3' foot piece of ~1" rod used like a pool cue (sort of) works a lot better that a hammer for jarring them loose. It works for frozen ones any way! Hope this helps next time. :)

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Brake shoes can stick to the drums for a variety of reasons. We pick up trailers that sometimes have been sitting for years and the brake shoes are almost one with the drum. The anchor lock brake chambers, some tractors have them on just one axle, some on both is where the problem will be. If you are going to be sitting for a while and want to prevent the problem, just start the unit, let it air up completely and release the brakes, with a chock under the wheel of course. If you do some thing like that say every 2 weeks you will not have the problem. I wouldn't be afraid to slip something between the brake shoe and drum before you park, something like a plasticised manila folder, something that will easily chew away on the first brake application.

 

Hitting the brake shoe as opposed to the lining when trying to break them loose is the tricky part. You can easily damage the lining. Make sure the brake chamber has retracted completely.

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Would airing up the system using an electric compressor release the brake shoes without having to start the truck?

 

We had a handle for our lug wrenches that was a 1/2" by 36" steel bar, we ground a notch in one end to fit over the edge of the brake backing plate so we could hammer it without worrying about it slipping off the backing plate and hitting the lining.

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