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  • Truck scare!

    DH had a close call with the truck (1999 F350). He took it in for its annual inspection. Right in front of the garage he took the truck to for inspection: he hit the brakes, the pedal went to the floor. The brakeline broke. Thank God it was right AT the garage and NOT with a horse trailer attatched!!! Other than the rusted out brakeline it passed inspection just fine.....but gosh that could have been so much worse.....
    Providence Farm

  • #2
    Guardian Angel working overtime!
    There are friends and faces that may be forgotten, but there are horses that never will be. - Andy Adams


    • #3
      All the more reason to make sure the breaking system on the trailer is always working correctly!

      Glad everyone is OK.


      • #4
        Thank goodness it happened when and where it did
        Originally Posted by sketcher
        Oh THANK GOD. For a moment I thought no one would kick her when she was down


        • Original Poster

          as DH said....that is why emergency brake pedals are there!!
          Providence Farm


          • #6
            As someone who's had the same thing happen ('96 F150 that I used to have), he should probably get ALL the brake lines replaced; mine had actually developed more than one weak spot. In a way I was grateful - I had to stay home from work because of it, and got the call that my little mare had taken a bad turn - I was able to be there quickly to say goodbye.
            (sad story, but I figured horse people would "get it")
            Founder of the I LOFF my worrywart TB clique!
            Official member of the "I Sing Silly Songs to My Animals!" Clique


            • #7
              2002 Ford F250 - backed up to hook up the trailer, pulled forward to optimal loading spot. Stopped to chat with friend and saw big puddle under truck. Brake line busted! A few minutes later and I would have loaded up and been down the road.


              • #8
                Hah ! I've had the same thing happen. A few years ago, just a few days after passing the NJ state inspection, the brake pedal on my '99 F250 went to the floor. Just after I hooked up my trailer. I was quite pleased it decided to 'go' before I put horse on the trailer and headed down the mile long hill that is my road...
                "Friend" me !



                • #9
                  just this morning, after dropping the pony at the barn i was headed down our steep mountain road and lost power in my 02 f350 diesel.
                  luckily i was able to slip it into neutral and restart it while muscling the entire rig around a steep s curve.
                  lovely feeling to lose power steering and brakes at forty mph down a mountain.
                  this just two hours after spending over 800 bucks on dx my new used jeep.
                  april is going to be a lean month if the ford has to be fixed now too.


                  • #10
                    I went to start my 1999 F250, and the brake pedal went to the floor. I got out and had it towed to the shop in a flatbed. Needed all the brake lines replaced. Better in my driveway than towing.


                    • #11
                      Originally posted by suz View Post
                      just this morning, after dropping the pony at the barn i was headed down our steep mountain road and lost power in my 02 f350 diesel.
                      luckily i was able to slip it into neutral and restart it while muscling the entire rig around a steep s curve.
                      lovely feeling to lose power steering and brakes at forty mph down a mountain.
                      this just two hours after spending over 800 bucks on dx my new used jeep.
                      april is going to be a lean month if the ford has to be fixed now too.
                      Check the fuel filter, sometimes if they're really clogged they'll gum stuff up.
                      Michael: Seems the people who burned me want me for a job.
                      Sam: A job? Does it pay?
                      Michael: Nah, it's more of a "we'll kill you if you don't do it" type of thing.
                      Sam: Oh. I've never liked those.


                      • #12
                        I wonder if it's a Ford thing? Brake line sprung a leak on our '96 F250 when DH was going for feed and the pedal went to the floor. Thankfully the feed mill is only a mile from home. He wasn't too annoyed- he's driven POS farm dump trucks that have lost brakes in scary places- said he's pretty good at downshifting and slamming on the parking brake! Anyway, the brake lines are a cheap fix if you have a mechanic in the family . IIRC, the cost to replace all the brake lines was under $75 - a roll of tubing and a fitting or two. I figured it was best just to replace everything and not have to worry about it again.