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« on: 10 January, 2018, 18:28:38 PM »

This was posted today on the Honest John forum by a poster calling himself 2010jagman.

 Just had an Interesting time in the works owned L200 pickup,

Does get used on construction site tracks so quite a rough life. bought new by the company and now just over a year old with 12000 miles.

coming up to a security gate down a hill at around 20 mph (site limit) tried to brake and foot goes to the floor. - pump the brakes and there was no resistance - pulled hard on the handbrake which comes straight up with a bang from the rear of the car.

eventually comes to a stop just before the gate. large fluid leak at a rear wheel. - AA contacted who diagnosed a failed wheel cylinder - handbrake cable still attached to drum.

final report from garage states that wheel cylinder found loose, one piston has come out of cylinder and damage to the handbrake mechanism.

Left me a bit shaken as also use the pickup on public roads, amazed at the difference when 50% of the braking was lost and also by how much the pedal dropped. dont think if i had been driving within a normal distance from another car i would have been able to stop in time.

not sure if the experience is useful to anyone but its certainly made me think while driving a bit more about what I would do if they failed again.

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« Reply #1 on: 11 January, 2018, 20:28:31 PM »

so someone left a wheel cylinder loose....

drum brakes work the same on whatever they are fitted to, nothing to do with the truck, driver probably never experienced brake faliure before
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« Reply #2 on: 13 January, 2018, 20:23:28 PM »

"so someone left a wheel cylinder loose"

Hmm - yes they did, on the rear axle on the truck which was about 12 months old from new.
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« Reply #3 on: 15 January, 2018, 18:27:20 PM »

"so someone left a wheel cylinder loose"

Hmm - yes they did, on the rear axle on the truck which was about 12 months old from new.

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