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Old 12-15-2015, 10:18 AM   #1
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Corroded brake lines in 2012 Georgetown

Traveling home from a dog show alone with my three dogs my brakes felt soft then I got the low brake fluid warning. Pulled off, added brake fluid and everything seemed ok. Traveled about 20 miles and the same thing happened - got it in to a mechanic right away. The brake lines are corroded from the outside - this is a 2012 Georgetown 378XL with only 20K miles. The brake lines actually had a little hole where they had corroded clear through. Never driven on salt covered roads (parked in the winter months), and I don't live near salt air. This was a disaster just waiting to happen, I shudder to think what would have happened if the lines had completely burst while driving home through the Mountains. I will be reporting this to the National Safety Council and will be contacting Forest River about it.

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Old 12-15-2015, 06:38 PM   #2
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Hi and welcome to the forum and being your first post I'm sorry to hear about your brake line leak.

Have any pictures or where the failure is located?

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Why take the time to write to the NSC instead of just taking it to your local Ford dealer?
I have the same year and model you do with 42,000 miles and I haven't had any brake problems.
If it was my rig I'd definitely take it to a Ford Dealer.

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Old 12-15-2015, 06:56 PM   #3
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Iggy - I filed a complaint with the Safety Council as I consider this a serious safety risk for others that needs to be investigated. Despite routine maintenance on my unit no one found how corroded the lines were - so bad they corroded all the way through. I consider myself protected by an Angel - if the circumstances had been slightly different I and my three dogs would not be here today. If I had driven straight home instead of taking a side trip to visit my dad the brakes would have gone in the mountains of VA at highway speed. I not only have video I have the actual parts that were removed. It will be determined who is at fault - Ford or FR, but for now my priority is to now get myself and my dogs home safely.
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Old 12-15-2015, 07:27 PM   #4
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Corroded brake lines with pin holes are more common in vehicles that are driven infrequently ( ie RVs). The brake fluid absorbs moisture and if the brakes are not used often enough to build up heat and expel the moisture, they actually corrode from the inside. If you have not already replaced the brake lines, you can ask the mechanic to use the new copper impregnated lines that resist corrosion better than the old steel ones.

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Old 12-15-2015, 07:34 PM   #5
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With a dual master cylinder that everything uses, if one brake like would have blown you would loose 2 brakes not all 4. Still not a good thing but you would not loose all of the braking ability..Glad you are okay,
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:01 PM   #6
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I think the opinion that brake lines absorb moisture and corrode friom the inside would be a good episode of Mythbusters. I find it difficult to believe a closed system absorbs enough moisture to completely corrode brake lines from the inside. In my case it is proven a myth, as the corrosion is definitely external and not internal. My unit is driven 2-3 weekends a month April through December, so it gets plenty of driving time.
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Old 12-15-2015, 08:32 PM   #7
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Brake fluids that are DOT3 or 4 will absorb moisture. There is a shelf life when opened. The maintenance schedules should/do include changing brake fluids. Must rubber components will outlast us if we do.

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Old 12-16-2015, 12:58 PM   #8
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Here in NEPA and many other places PENNDOT uses a brine (?) which eats through brake lines and undercarriages. New replacement brake lines have an outer protective sheath to prevent a reoccurrance. New definition of a panic stop when those brake lines fail!!!!
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Old 12-17-2015, 04:47 PM   #9
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Please please please take this seriously! I shudder to think what would have happened if I had not diverted my route to visit my dad and instead went home through the mountains!!! There are so many of these units on the road with unsuspecting owners. It is obvious to me after seeing the part there is a defect in the brake lines resulting is extremely aggressive corrosion from the outside. The units still on the road with the original parts are an accident waiting to happen.
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