Squealing When Braking

Freddy55 replied on 12/07/2019 18:02

Posted on 12/07/2019 18:02

Hiya folks.

I seem to have developed a squeak when braking. I checked the wheels for heat, and noticed that the offside is slightly warmer than the near side, but only slightly. Something to be concerned about I assume? Back to the dealer? And yes, I tried a search 😉

JVB66 replied on 12/07/2019 18:10

Posted on 12/07/2019 18:10

If iti s a fairly new caravan on an alko chassis, then there is a known problem with the brakes it is a dealer rectified fault with the brake shoes 

Freddy55 replied on 12/07/2019 18:12

Posted on 12/07/2019 18:10 by JVB66

If iti s a fairly new caravan on an alko chassis, then there is a known problem with the brakes it is a dealer rectified fault with the brake shoes 

Posted on 12/07/2019 18:12

Yes, new van on Alko. Thanks 👍

Freddy55 replied on 12/07/2019 19:06

Posted on 12/07/2019 18:10 by JVB66

If iti s a fairly new caravan on an alko chassis, then there is a known problem with the brakes it is a dealer rectified fault with the brake shoes 

Posted on 12/07/2019 19:06

Out of interest, does it involve fitment of new shoes?

Tammygirl replied on 12/07/2019 20:08

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:08

We have a 1 year old Coachman on an Alko chassis and the brakes have squealed since new. Reported to the dealer who did the recommended fix advised by Alko.

It lasted all of 500 miles then they started again. It is now going in to the dealer for its first service and to have the brakes replaced under warranty, we hope. I say we hope as the dealer said it was a warranty job but Alko are no being a bit iffy about it. Wanting chassis number etc.  I have read somewhere that Alko changed suppliers but have now gone back to original supplier, how true that is I couldn't say. 

Freddy55 replied on 12/07/2019 20:40

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:08 by Tammygirl

We have a 1 year old Coachman on an Alko chassis and the brakes have squealed since new. Reported to the dealer who did the recommended fix advised by Alko.

It lasted all of 500 miles then they started again. It is now going in to the dealer for its first service and to have the brakes replaced under warranty, we hope. I say we hope as the dealer said it was a warranty job but Alko are no being a bit iffy about it. Wanting chassis number etc.  I have read somewhere that Alko changed suppliers but have now gone back to original supplier, how true that is I couldn't say. 

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:40

A useful post TG, thanks 👍

viatorem replied on 12/07/2019 20:49

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:49

If the drums are scored which they probably are you will need shoes and drums. If no scoring just shoes.

From about mid2017 alko sourced shoes with dodgy friction material, they tried unsuccessfully to get the manufacturer to sort it but I believe they have reverted to the original manufacturer since about March 2019.

I've had issues since last year now sorted after 3 tries!

Freddy55 replied on 12/07/2019 20:53

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:49 by viatorem

If the drums are scored which they probably are you will need shoes and drums. If no scoring just shoes.

From about mid2017 alko sourced shoes with dodgy friction material, they tried unsuccessfully to get the manufacturer to sort it but I believe they have reverted to the original manufacturer since about March 2019.

I've had issues since last year now sorted after 3 tries!

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:53

I bought ours around six weeks ago, so quite possible it pre-dates March 2019. 

Tammygirl replied on 12/07/2019 23:05

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:49 by viatorem

If the drums are scored which they probably are you will need shoes and drums. If no scoring just shoes.

From about mid2017 alko sourced shoes with dodgy friction material, they tried unsuccessfully to get the manufacturer to sort it but I believe they have reverted to the original manufacturer since about March 2019.

I've had issues since last year now sorted after 3 tries!

Posted on 12/07/2019 23:05

Thanks for that, useful information. I'm guessing that's why Alko have asked for the chassis number and date which you can see on the chassis plate. Our chassis has the date 26th July 2017. 

Merve replied on 13/07/2019 19:55

Posted on 12/07/2019 20:08 by Tammygirl

We have a 1 year old Coachman on an Alko chassis and the brakes have squealed since new. Reported to the dealer who did the recommended fix advised by Alko.

It lasted all of 500 miles then they started again. It is now going in to the dealer for its first service and to have the brakes replaced under warranty, we hope. I say we hope as the dealer said it was a warranty job but Alko are no being a bit iffy about it. Wanting chassis number etc.  I have read somewhere that Alko changed suppliers but have now gone back to original supplier, how true that is I couldn't say. 

Posted on 13/07/2019 19:55

Thanks TG - that explains a lot- my brand new Coachman on an Alko chassis has a brake squeal- something I’ve never had before. It’s not the car- that has been cleared. Back to the dealer then? 

lornalou1 replied on 13/07/2019 19:55

Posted on 13/07/2019 19:55

It won't be the chassis number required but the axle number. took mine to dealers 2 months ago and they had to send picture of axle plate and now there are full set of shoes ready to go on when they can fit me in. twin axle swift.