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Offline Charlie/Susie

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Freightliner brake drums
« on: January 29, 2020, 09:05:07 AM »
I have a 2005 Bounder with XC chassis and 90,000 miles is it unusual to have to replace the drums and pads ? Also was quoted 1,900 for an air dryer when I just wanted the desiccant filter changed. Big bill and am I getting taken?
Charlie and Susie
2005 Fleetwood Bounder 38N 5.9 cummins
2014 Corolla toad

Offline Brett Wolfe

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Re: Freightliner brake drums
« Reply #1 on: January 29, 2020, 09:11:56 AM »
Brake life is strongly affected by how they are used.  Certainly if overheated, their life is materially shortened.  This often happens when using the service brake instead of engine brake to control speed on long descents.

An air dryer should be under $300-- verify this by doing a search for your make and model dryer.  $1,600 labor-- don't think so.

And, I am a strong believer in using a factory (as in factory that made it, not a "replaces" unit) reman dryer,  In addition to the filters, it will have all new valves, heater, etc.

Offline Charlie/Susie

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Re: Freightliner brake drums
« Reply #2 on: January 29, 2020, 09:18:32 AM »
Thanks Brett, what a difference in price. I know I need new brakes but I wonder about drums, we drive highway most of the time and use exhaust brake when necessary. As far as desiccant filter I can change myself. What a blessing this forum is, thanks again. Charlie
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2005 Fleetwood Bounder 38N 5.9 cummins
2014 Corolla toad

Offline Brett Wolfe

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Re: Freightliner brake drums
« Reply #3 on: January 29, 2020, 09:24:40 AM »
Drum condition can only be determined after removing them.  If badly scored, discolored or badly heat-checked, replace them.  If just light scoring, have them turned.