breaking news – revealing the hidden surprises that lurk beneath…

With the split screen camper up on the ramp with the wheels off, it was time to remove the front and rear drums to see what was going on inside with the brake cylinders and shoes, and to find out what was causing the braking imbalance and issues with the loss of pressure with the brake pedal…

Front brakes looked like they had not seen attention for some while…

Front brakes looked like they had not seen attention for some while…

The fronts were not too bad, there was signs of  brake fluid leakage that had mixed with brake pad dust and covered everything inside. Although the brake shoes still had a fair amount of life left in them, unfortunately the ingress of the brake fluid over time, had begun to cause them to delaminate and separate from their backing…

The cylinders were leaking and had contaminated the brake shoes and caused them to begin to delaminate

The cylinders were leaking and had contaminated the brake shoes and caused them to begin to delaminate

The shoes were also fairly well coated with a mix of brake fluid and brake dust so were fairly well contaminated, and not really worth trying to soak clean. In this instance it would be better and safer to get them replaced!

Rear cylinders were leaking badly and the brake pads were seriously contaminated

Rear cylinders were leaking badly and the brake pads were seriously contaminated

Unfortunately, the rears were in a much worse state! Here the brake fluid leakage had been more excessive, and the whole inside of the drums and the brake shoes was in fact soaked and dripping in brake fluid!

Not only were the cylinders leaking, the hub spacer was leaking gearbox oil into the brakes as well!

Not only were the cylinders leaking, the hub spacer was leaking gearbox oil into the brakes as well!

Not only that, the rear hub spacer was chipped and damaged and had been allowing gearbox oil to also leak into the rear brakes as well! Again, this component needed to be replaced!

Chipped and damaged rear hub spacer was letting gearbox oil to seep into the rear brakes

Chipped and damaged rear hub spacer was letting gearbox oil to seep into the rear brakes

So all in all, although far from ideal, I was glad to find it at this stage, so that the braking system could get a full overhaul and be brought back to being fully 100% operational and safe to use again!

As with my old Westfalia camper, it will be a case of do it once do it right, to make sure everything is both safe and to give my family and I peace of mind when out and about driving around in our vintage Split screen camper!

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