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    Default cold brakes? [Expired Topic]

    My rig is parked outside in temps below 15 f this time of year and rig is only driven 2-3 times a week for a very short time. My parking brake is always set in this situation. I let the rig run a little to warm up tranny, etc. but when I release brake and step on the go pedal, the brake seems to be frozen...then releases with a "pop" only after a fairly hefty load on the accelerator. Anyone else enjoy this phenomenon? Is it normal? Any idea what causes this or what the ramifications can be? Thanks.
    1999 GMC K2500/454 CID which is used primarily to pull an 8000# travel trailer about 10K miles/year. 4WD w/eletronic transfer case.

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    Never had that problem, but I'll throw my $.02 in.

    Probably some condensation around your brake line to your parking brake foot level. It's probably not releasing as it's frozen. I would think that getting it lubed would help out a bit as it's probably not releasing. What does everything think about that possibility?

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    Good thought. I'll make sure it's well lubed next trip. Meantime, I'll take the easy out and leave the parking brake off when paarked at home for any length of time (like overnite). Not like it's going to roll away when parked in a foot and a half of snow on level ground. Just put it on out of habit...a good one, I guess.
    1999 GMC K2500/454 CID which is used primarily to pull an 8000# travel trailer about 10K miles/year. 4WD w/eletronic transfer case.

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    Should have read, "foot lever", not "foot level".

    I grew up in the northwest. Lots of hills ... shoot, lots of mountains! There is a parking brake section in the driver's ed manual. I ALWAYS put my parking break on, even down here in pancake-flat Texas! Drives my wife nuts! Where's it going to roll?

    Steve
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    78 Chevy Suburban Silverado (454, 3/4 ton)
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    Should have read, "foot lever", not "foot level".

    I grew up in the northwest. Lots of hills ... shoot, lots of mountains! There is a parking brake section in the driver's ed manual. I ALWAYS put my parking break on, even down here in pancake-flat Texas! Drives my wife nuts! Where's it going to roll?

    Steve
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    Spent a little time in the Northwest myself...Born in Walla Walla, WA. but only there in my pre-teen years and back to Whitman College. Also did a stint (7 years) in the Athletic Dept. of WSU in Pullman, much later in life. Now live at 7000' in Utah. Oh, and went to Hi school in Texas (Kingsville) and 1 year at UT (Austin) before tranferring back to the NW (Whitman) so probably have a lot of the same habits as yourself.
    1999 GMC K2500/454 CID which is used primarily to pull an 8000# travel trailer about 10K miles/year. 4WD w/eletronic transfer case.

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    huh. I lived in Spokane 7 years, then did 1 year in the athletic dept at UIdaho in Moscow (too cold), then over to Seattle and then in Texas now for 6 1/2 years.

    I think I've been in Walla Walla before, but I don't know why.

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    Lived in Spokane as well..had a house out on River Road. Spent a lot of time in Albertini's and the Ridpath Hotel. Don't know why ANYONE would go to WW....most just COME from there. As a matter of fact , Batman (Adam West) came from there.
    1999 GMC K2500/454 CID which is used primarily to pull an 8000# travel trailer about 10K miles/year. 4WD w/eletronic transfer case.

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    I'm curious if you can get your brake issue solved. Keep us up to date.

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    Well, so far I have left the Pbrake off for a couple of days and used it only after I've driven the rig a half mile or so ( I do this once a day, just to cart my dogs to the end of the road for a hike) and no problems at all. It has been around zero last couple of nights. I expect your theory on condensation may be right on. I 'll get things checked next oil change..see what's there. This may be a couple of months, tho...that's when my next trailer haul is planned.
    1999 GMC K2500/454 CID which is used primarily to pull an 8000# travel trailer about 10K miles/year. 4WD w/eletronic transfer case.

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