Simple Fix

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chris_skeeles

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I was swimming the other day with Amphi. Actually swimming as in me
getting into water. Anyways, I was treading around the car when I got
an urge to spin the front tires while she was floating. The drivers
side front spun real nice, but the passenger side was tight.

I suspected wheel bearing as I have yet to dig that far into the
wheel to inspect them so I feared the worse.

As it turns out after getting home and removing wheel and drum that
the shoes are pressing against the drum causing them to rub. So I put
the drum back on, and then vented the bleeder valve slightly to
relieve the pressure and sure enough the wheel spins great.

I would never had known it was tight had I not got in the water with
the car and got wet spinning the tires!

Chris Skeeles
'63 Red - Canton, Ohio
 
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jfriese

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Chris,
I'm not an expert on this, but the situation you describe sounds like
you have a problem with the rubber brake line on that wheel. Normally
that pressure should have gone back to the master cylinder but if the
rubber line decomposes, the internal rubber parts of the hose can
collapse and it can form, essentially, a one way valve that traps the
fluid in the wheel cylinders. The pressure going out to the wheels is
strong. The pressure returning the fluid is only that of the return
springs. If that situation exists, the problem will reoccur until you
replace those rubber lines.

John Friese


--- In amphicar-lovers@y..., "chris_skeeles" <chris@s...> wrote:
>
> I was swimming the other day with Amphi. Actually swimming as in me
> getting into water. Anyways, I was treading around the car when I
got
> an urge to spin the front tires while she was floating. The drivers
> side front spun real nice, but the passenger side was tight.
>
> I suspected wheel bearing as I have yet to dig that far into the
> wheel to inspect them so I feared the worse.
>
> As it turns out after getting home and removing wheel and drum that
> the shoes are pressing against the drum causing them to rub. So I
put
> the drum back on, and then vented the bleeder valve slightly to
> relieve the pressure and sure enough the wheel spins great.
>
> I would never had known it was tight had I not got in the water
with
> the car and got wet spinning the tires!
>
> Chris Skeeles
> '63 Red - Canton, Ohio
 
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markamsdill@aol.com

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Re: Re: Simple Fix

Dear Chris, I had the same problem with my 62 amphi. It got worse to the
point it was not driveable. You should change your hoses . Good luck and back
to the hockey game. Go wings! Mark Amsdill


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