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Old 07-07-2018, 09:15 AM   #1
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Spongy Brakes 2017 View 24J

I think my brakes are very soft and have to pump when stopping. Even worse when going down hills. Is this normal? They work well when finally pumped
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Old 07-07-2018, 10:02 AM   #2
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NO! Safety first. Have them checked. I have a 2017 View and have not had a brake issue. I sometime pump the brakes on steep mountain roads but that is me to control brake temps, not to make them work.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:02 AM   #3
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I agree; a brake inspection is cheap compared to your safety. Plus peace of mind is priceless.
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Old 07-07-2018, 11:10 AM   #4
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I have a 2016 24J and I would say my brakes are very firm. I does take a pretty hard push to stop it in a short distance, so pumping would be very dangerous.
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Old 08-14-2018, 03:10 PM   #5
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The brakes on my 2018 Navion were what I felt as "spongy". I gave them a pump or two and that was better. I took it to MB and they told me that when a motor home is built on the chassis, the manufacturer doesn't compensate for the increased weight. Their fix was to do a "super flush" of the brake fluid, change it out for a different fluid and readjust the brake pedal. That was the fix!! No more pumping the brakes and it stops. MB charged me for the service ($500) because it is not a warranty issue. I am very happy to spend the money and know the coach will stop.
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Old 08-15-2018, 10:39 AM   #6
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Sprinter's have a reasonably long pedal throw on the brakes but they will stop on a dime. Most people interpret this long throw as "soft brakes" since their car pedal is high an tight. On a Sprinter just keep pushing a bit further and you will stop. No need to pump the brakes (unless you have air in the system).

Brake fluid is not going to tighten up the brake pedal unless you have air in the lines. A simple bleed (by any brake shop) would have cost you far less than $500.
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