I like trucks … I especially like my truck!
I have a 2001 Dodge Dakota quad cab 4×4 which has a small v8 engine. I bought the truck in July of 2012 and it needed brake work and a new heater/air conditioner blower fan. Other than that, the truck had 150k miles on it and it looked great, so I bought it.
Being familiar with changing the brakes, I opted to replace them all. Yep, I bought 2 new brake drums with brake shoes for the rear wheels and 2 new rotors with disc pads for the front wheels. I used the process to show my 10 year old son how you go about changing the brakes and I let him help me with taking off the wheel’s lug nuts. After a minor issue with a stripped out caliper bolt, we had the brakes replaced and the truck ran (and stopped) just fine! It went through inspection with no problems as well!
So I’ve been using the truck on a part time basis. We have two other vehicles and the truck has been kind of my weekend warrior vehicle. And being the man that I am, I’m always telling my wife, “I love my truck”! And she always responds, “I know, you’ve already told me that Mark”! 🙂
So I was kind of surprised when last Monday night as I was driving my son to his choir practice, the brakes gave out! I had to apply them a little harder than usual and I felt a pop and then my foot went to the floor! YIKES!!! Keeping my wits about me I was able to go the the right side of the road to avoid hitting the car in front of me, but what a surprise.
I managed to get the truck back home with flashers going and using the emergency brake. But I haven’t yet found what the exact problem is. I’ve just been too busy with being a DAD and doing my jobs. My son helped me find where the problem was by pumping the brake that night and seeing all the brake fluid go on the driveway. So I know where-about the problem is, but I need to put on my jump suit and climb under the truck to see the exact problem. I’m guessing that the brake line either rusted through or maybe the ABS unit has broken back near the drivers side wheel where most of the brake fluid showed up.
I plan to look at it later this week and I’ll keep you posted on just what I find. Hopefully I’ll be able to fix it without too much fuss – another problem Krushed! 😉
So what about you? Have you ever had something happen when you least expect it? Please share!
‘Til next time,