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Old 04-20-2014, 02:16 PM   #1
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Breakdown on a holiday

Well, experienced my first breakdown towing the trailer. Of course it happened on a holiday where nothing was open.

Stop light changed on me, and I hit the brakes, trusting in my EBC green stuff and trailer brakes to do the job. Heard a pop and grinding from the right front. Language became colorful and I look for a place to nurse the rig off of US 20. Brought the rig to a stop on a side road. Having just had new ball joints and wheel bearings installed, anything could be wrong. Got down, and great, I see my caliper bracket is missing a bolt and is against the wheel. Got in touch with a rescue team. Search a Jeep forum that I am on and luckily, I am not the first this happened to.

Rescue team brought me to Home Depot. I bought an assortment of M14x2 bolts of different lengths, some washers, lock washers, and a 21mm wrench. I had all the other tools that I would need in my tool box. I was able to fix her up and won't need to cancel my reservations for camping during the week. I will have a little discussion with my mechanic in the morning.

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Very glad it worked out well in the end! Safe travels!
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Old 04-20-2014, 03:57 PM   #3
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If I were talking, it would be something like, I" would like to get ALL my money back you charged for labor so I can go to a competent mechanic and have the work done correctly."
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Old 04-20-2014, 04:14 PM   #4
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Had the exact thing happen to me in my last truck.........
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Old 04-20-2014, 05:20 PM   #5
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If I were talking, it would be something like, I" would like to get ALL my money back you charged for labor so I can go to a competent mechanic and have the work done correctly."
Kind of tough when you know him for 20+ years, and pretty sure it wasn't him doing the actual work. He has a large diesel shop that is fairly busy. I know that I didn't need to bring it there for the work I had, but he gives the vehicle a once over every time. I am glad that he didn't have to send a flatbed up for the Jeep and Roo.
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Kind of tough when you know him for 20+ years, and pretty sure it wasn't him doing the actual work. He has a large diesel shop that is fairly busy. I know that I didn't need to bring it there for the work I had, but he gives the vehicle a once over every time. I am glad that he didn't have to send a flatbed up for the Jeep and Roo.
And I'd think we all are glad no one had to send an ambulance for you!

Wouldn't matter to me if I knew my mechanic for 50 years. If something stupid is done I'd give him a piece of my angry mind.

In fact, I've recently DONE that with my mechanic. If your mechanic is a responsible person he'll take the tongue lashing, make it right (regarding expense to you) and you'll remain friends. Mine did, and we are.

We trust our mechanics with our lives and the lives of our family, especially when it comes to towing our rigs.
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I called, and the owner said to get the Jeep down NOW. He was upset. They ordered new bolts, and checked the torque on the remaining. Apparently, his employee looked up the wrong torque specifications. Owner wasn't happy.

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