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Old 06-27-2018, 06:57 PM   #1
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Helped a Skoolie family today!

Last night I was getting ready for bed and checked my phone Facebook feed and a post came up of a broken down Skoolie in a town real close to me. After a few comments, I messaged the young lady and got her phone number. I called her and between her and her husband I found out the left rear brake was smoking and the brake fluid was leaking out the caliper. I told her she had either me and my shop to fix it or a wrecker shop who would tow it first and then repair which would be double. I then gave her a quote from the top of my head from a similar job I did recently.

Since they were only 5 miles away I made them reassure me they could stop the bus and they said yes. They had to fill the fluid and would get 3-4 stops from it. I routed them to get to my shop with only one stop and told them I will see you in the morning.

I been driving my Skoolie daily for the last 2 weeks and I drove it to work again today and pulled right up beside them the next morning. Introduced myself and got the year, make, model, and VIN number. I crawled under the bus and seen the inner brake pad was gone and the pad backing plate was wedged between the caliper spindle. The caliper also popped a piston and leaked out. The rotor was fine and I inspected the other side. I told them "See ya at 8:00" since I went in an hour early.

I called the local International dealer and after 7 rings someone picked up before opening time and helped me with part numbers, prices, and availability. Parts would have to be ordered for next day since it was a 91 model. I called a local auto parts vendor and someone was there early and answered the call. They had the parts available at another store and said they would be at the shop I work at around 10;00 AM so I ordered 2 calipers and a set of brake pads at half the dealer prices.

The boss came in along with my fellow work mates and everyone knew I had something to do with this. We had a pretty full schedule, but I knew it could be squeezed in since I did all the leg work already. Parts showed up on time as promised and got the bus in the shop. I live in the rust belt and if an early 90's anything came in the shop the job was gonna suck, but this being a rust free bus from the south, nothing fought me and had the whole job done and bled by noon.

I knew the other caliper was going to be toast. I told them that if the rotors needed replaced, then the job would have been double the price, but they got lucky. They were happy and I was glad I could help........
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Old 06-27-2018, 11:24 PM   #2
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Good job!! Skoolies helping Skoolies!
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Old 06-28-2018, 07:30 AM   #3
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They were happy to get on the road again.
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Old 06-28-2018, 08:47 AM   #4
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That was very Skoolie of you Mullet. That's what we need more of around here. Good on you.
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:02 AM   #5
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That's a good story! Happy ending!
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:50 AM   #6
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Did you mention this forum to them? Good job treating them right and getting them back in business so fast!
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Old 06-29-2018, 07:53 AM   #7
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awesome!!! I love this stuff.. and this is one reason the skoolie community are so neat to hang with... everyone is like a big team out there!!!



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Old 06-29-2018, 09:01 AM   #8
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Old 06-29-2018, 09:06 AM   #9
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Old 07-12-2018, 01:31 AM   #10
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Last night I was getting ready for bed and checked my phone Facebook feed and a post came up of a broken down Skoolie in a town real close to me. After a few comments, I messaged the young lady and got her phone number. I called her and between her and her husband I found out the left rear brake was smoking and the brake fluid was leaking out the caliper. I told her she had either me and my shop to fix it or a wrecker shop who would tow it first and then repair which would be double. I then gave her a quote from the top of my head from a similar job I did recently.

Since they were only 5 miles away I made them reassure me they could stop the bus and they said yes. They had to fill the fluid and would get 3-4 stops from it. I routed them to get to my shop with only one stop and told them I will see you in the morning.

I been driving my Skoolie daily for the last 2 weeks and I drove it to work again today and pulled right up beside them the next morning. Introduced myself and got the year, make, model, and VIN number. I crawled under the bus and seen the inner brake pad was gone and the pad backing plate was wedged between the caliper spindle. The caliper also popped a piston and leaked out. The rotor was fine and I inspected the other side. I told them "See ya at 8:00" since I went in an hour early.

I called the local International dealer and after 7 rings someone picked up before opening time and helped me with part numbers, prices, and availability. Parts would have to be ordered for next day since it was a 91 model. I called a local auto parts vendor and someone was there early and answered the call. They had the parts available at another store and said they would be at the shop I work at around 10;00 AM so I ordered 2 calipers and a set of brake pads at half the dealer prices.

The boss came in along with my fellow work mates and everyone knew I had something to do with this. We had a pretty full schedule, but I knew it could be squeezed in since I did all the leg work already. Parts showed up on time as promised and got the bus in the shop. I live in the rust belt and if an early 90's anything came in the shop the job was gonna suck, but this being a rust free bus from the south, nothing fought me and had the whole job done and bled by noon.

I knew the other caliper was going to be toast. I told them that if the rotors needed replaced, then the job would have been double the price, but they got lucky. They were happy and I was glad I could help........
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