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Old 05-29-2012, 04:44 PM   #1 (permalink)
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Had a bit of drama in the mountains Friday. I hit an unexpected huge rut in the road while towing the 10,000 pound travel trailer. truck bottomed out like never before, and a projecting part cut the right rear hard brake line and started dumping fluid. I was going down a 5% winding grade and started losing pedal fast. I applied trailer brakes, limped on down into a little town where nobody had brake fluid or tools.
I unhooked the trailer, finished cutting through the line with a pair of pliers, and folded it over and hammered it shut with a hatchet. Leak stopped, 3 out of 4 truck brakes restored. I scooped fluid from the reservoir that had plenty to the one that was low, pumped them up and had a good pedal. hooked the trailer up and got it to the campground. Saturday I took the truck to a nearby NAPA that had a generic line and the wrench I needed. Bent up new line, added fluid, bled the brakes out in the street. Bedded line with zip ties and silicone.

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Old 05-29-2012, 04:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Great DIY! You could probably convert that into a CarTalk puzzler (aka how did you fix it).

Ha ha, maybe you should be called RepairKing or MacGyverKing.

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