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    Quote Originally Posted by fpchief View Post
    That is not why this thread was started. The question was asked if it was ok to try to remove the oil from them If there is no other choice....as in SHTF.

    I do see the process being talked about. I responded to joels post about clutch linings being salvaged. And I posted about time involved and labor used as an economic perspective. Brakes are easier to access than replacing a clutch assembly. And seen that posters were doing well at covering the initial inquiry.

    And I take the brake conversation as can you "salvage" contaminated linings. Yes you can, and save used shoes for another day when maybe one goes bad and you can substitute a salvaged shoe instead of being without transportation.

    If I have a choice with a system that I Depend on performing every time when needed, to stop loaded or unloaded, I prefer to use unquestionable performing parts that have safety and dependability built into the parts, system.

    Without doubt if there is safe and effective way to recover use of a critical braking item then all is well. 1 out of 6 braking positions at 50% effectiveness is ok? 2 for 6, 3,4, when is the braking point?
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    Stem clean them. When I worked for Navistar, might have been IHC back then, I was in the lease dept. Wheel seals were a common failure, we just steamed the begeebies out of them. I do not recall any failures or quicker replacement times, but that was a while ago. I am pretty sure the linings are different in class 8/transit from the linings on the deuce. Big stuff used to be a black metallic/fiber composition and the deuce is a white/grey composition. Could be that if acetone is used on the HD stuff that the lining will break down as Rusty noted, maybe something to do with carbon content?

    If you have the time, give the acetone treatment a try as an experiment, do the intermediate or rear axle, one side new, the other cleaned. Easy to check after time, just inspect thru the adjustment holes.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WillWagner View Post
    Stem clean them. When I worked for Navistar, might have been IHC back then, I was in the lease dept. Wheel seals were a common failure, we just steamed the begeebies out of them. I do not recall any failures or quicker replacement times, but that was a while ago. I am pretty sure the linings are different in class 8/transit from the linings on the deuce. Big stuff used to be a black metallic/fiber composition and the deuce is a white/grey composition. Could be that if acetone is used on the HD stuff that the lining will break down as Rusty noted, maybe something to do with carbon content?

    If you have the time, give the acetone treatment a try as an experiment, do the intermediate or rear axle, one side new, the other cleaned. Easy to check after time, just inspect thru the adjustment holes.
    I worked at IHC in Tukwila WA. We also used to steam clean brakes if they had "fresh" oil dripping on them. If the brakes had the oil sit on them for longer then a week then we would replace them. Same thing at the transit department. It was all about the time the shoes had to "absorb" the oil.
    Yes class 8 trucks have harder shoes (usually grade "G" or harder) as do the transit buses. Our deuce and also the 5 tons have softer shoe's which allow the oil to be absorbed easier. Thus harder to remove. Again it all comes down to safety at the end of the day. Can you clean the shoes with "Acetone" ? Yes. Will it effect the shoes life and performance ? Yes it will.
    So for me safety trumps all. Having been in a pick-up truck with a brake failure (the story is posted here somewhere) I will never "skimp" on brakes and brake components again. The few dollars saved is not worth my life and the lives of those I love.

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    Quote Originally Posted by simp5782 View Post
    I think my local place was $12 a shoe to reline some 5 tons i had.
    JC Whitney and many other places used to sell kits for this. Good old fashioned mesothelioma-producing asbestos-bearing linings with rivets and you'd just drill, rivet and replace and drive on.

    I'd figure with the number of these trucks produced, and, industry being what it is, those pads aren't specific to that truck but have been used for many hundreds of thousands if not millions of other trucks around the world.

    figuring out part numbers and tracking them down could be fun.

    I wouldn't use oil-soaked pads except as a last-ditch. Friction heat will burn off some of the oil, carbonize it, glaze the pads, lessen friction markedly... not safe at all.
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    Quote Originally Posted by NormB View Post
    JC Whitney and many other places used to sell kits for this. Good old fashioned mesothelioma-producing asbestos-bearing linings with rivets and you'd just drill, rivet and replace and drive on.

    I'd figure with the number of these trucks produced, and, industry being what it is, those pads aren't specific to that truck but have been used for many hundreds of thousands if not millions of other trucks around the world.
    Exactly. NAPA used to sell "bulk" brake lining that came in different widths in long strips. You cut off the length needed and then drilled and riveted them to your shoe. I remember this old fart (which I'm now a club member ! ) who helped my father install new linings on our family tractor. He had over fifty different widths and thickness of linings in his shop.
    Last time I was at "Friction Brake" in Seattle they also had thousands of undrilled linings on their shelves. Different widths and thickness and grade of linings.
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