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I came to eat crow - March 14, 2009, 05:10 PM

A while back someone was looking for information on buying a truck.
Another posted information about how expensive it was to replace the calipers, rotors etc on 2500-3500 trucks.
I disagreed and also stated how I had about 100K and didn't have to do any of that stuff yet.

Well, about a month ago my power steering pump went out and had to have that replaced. On a diesel the powersteering and brake system are related in that the hydro-boost system that powers the brakes gets it power from the power steering hydraulic lines. There is not enough vacuum in a diesel for a normal master cylinder.

Anyway after that was replaced my brakes never were the same. Some air in the lines being bleed made it better but not perfect. The pedal wasn't coming all the way up and this week my rear left was smoking when I got to work.

It turns out my calipers are locked up, rotors need replacing, front u joints are bad, right front upper ball joint bad, transmission hydraulic lines leaking and a partridge in a pear tree.

Estimate from one place for all this plus 4 tires, $4800.

I went to Advance Auto and got the parts for less than half what Merchants wanted to charge and I have the calipers and rotors off. Replacing the parking brakes on both sides while in there but the rear in parts still cost me $450 and I still need the front and the rest of the stuff I will have to pay someone to do.

If you read my entire rant, this is to admit I was wrong! 112K and she is getting expensive!!!


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March 14, 2009, 06:29 PM

Sorry to hear about your trouble. That is a huge expense!


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March 15, 2009, 06:27 PM

I finally finished the rear and enjoyed all my time in the rain!

Old calipers were completely locked up.
Here are some pics. This is the old rotor.


Old parking brake, 1 on each side, pads and bracket.


New caliper


New Rotor


Everything back together on right side.


Left side


Test drove it and it feels really good, parking brakes takes almost no effort.
Saved almost $500 doing just the rear myself. The front I will do later.


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chevy duramax??


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chevy duramax??
Dodge Cummins!


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its always fulfilling to do work on your own vehicles, granted it comes out the way its suppose to....GL with the rest of it!!!


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its always fulfilling to do work on your own vehicles, granted it comes out the way its suppose to....GL with the rest of it!!!
Thanks, I have done more than my share of U-joints but never on a front end. I may attempt it if not too difficult.
The Ball joint I have never done either and I think my biggest problem might be a tool.

Even if I pay someone for those two things and just do the front brake job I will still come out way ahead of the game.
The U-joints being bad make the truck really feel like a piece of junk. I know when they are done it will feel like a new truck again!


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ewwww....cummins.

oh well better than a powerstroke...i prefer duramax.


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ball joints are easy usually, but theres always that one that will not break free....replacing joint only or whole CA??

u-joints on driveshaft or we talking tripod/cv boots on the halfshafts from the front differential>?

btw you dont need those brass/copper clips that were on the lugs


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ewwww....cummins.

oh well better than a powerstroke...i prefer duramax.
If I could afford to replace the stock Turbo with a type like the duramax or ford come with this thing would be a world of difference.
It is already fast just with a tuner but the turbo leaves something to be desired at launch.


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ball joints are easy usually, but theres always that one that will not break free....replacing joint only or whole CA??

u-joints on driveshaft or we talking tripod/cv boots on the halfshafts from the front differential>?

btw you dont need those brass/copper clips that were on the lugs
Probably just the ball joint.
U-joint on front diff.

Yea, I know but they are easy to put back on so I did.


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the u-joint im invisioning usually is attached to the driveshaft and is bolted to the front diff....correct?

this would leave a pinion flange on the front diff.

you get the trans lines done too??


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the u-joint im invisioning usually is attached to the driveshaft and is bolted to the front diff....correct?

this would leave a pinion flange on the front diff.

you get the trans lines done too??
Your assumption about the u-joint is probably correct. I haven't really even thought that far ahead yet.

The trans line has been leaking for a while but I know they are expensive. Many say to get a truck place to make the lines but speaking to the mechanic he said typically they will reuse the stock connectors which is what is leaking anyway. I have to look into it more.


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yea....best bet is do driveshaft yourself, or pull it.....drive the truck without front shaft, and take the shaft to be repaired...shouldnt run you more than 0.5hr to put in a new universal....usually they pay 1.0hr i think and thats to r&rshaft r&r universal....

get a new trans line or two... how ever many are leaking...imo though ive always sold/replaced lines together because im there...and its easier to do them all at once....are the fittins on trans, radiator, or external (if it has one) leaking or is it the rubber to metal section.....im describing GM trans lines as thats what i know best. if its at any fitting try tighenting the fitting. try replacing the E/Jesus clips if you can get any...i save all these clips (whether they be bad, or good and not needed bc they are on a bad trans).....see if a shop has some for the hell of it....worth a try..(many names).other wise replace lines hopefully that fixes it, otherwise you could be looking at fitting assemblys or main part failures like radiator end tank, external cooler, or trans.

having someone make the part isnt a bad option but, it takes skil to properly bend and rotue a line like that, as they shouldnt be bent by hand, and if bent too far most will say F it or bend it by hand to where it should be....not to mention the line fabing will probably match the cost of what the line will run as an OEM part and prefabbd.


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It's not the drive shaft it is the front diff that needs u-joints. I wish it was the shaft as I know that is easier.

The coolant lines have easy disconnects and the o-ring in side is what's leaking. The line is the flexible hose part in between the hard lines.

Thanks for all your help and ideas, I do appreciate them.

I reread your post and realize you are talking about the front driveshaft, Doh. Yea, pulling it and having someone do it is what I will probably do.
Since I have to remove the entire brake assembly to get to it anyway I will do it all at the same time.


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