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Old 02-29-2016, 08:05 PM   #1
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I tow my 2005 Saturn Ion 5-speed manual four down behind my motor home. Upon returning to my home base yesterday I realized that for the 100 mile trip I had left the Ion's parking brake on. New shoes and new drums are a given but I haven't had the nerve to jack it up yet to see if the bearings are wiped. If they're tight and don't make noise should I change them out anyway? I value opinions here and this time will honorably accept verbal lashings or other abuse for pulling such a bonehead stunt.

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Old 03-01-2016, 12:16 AM   #2
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Wow, just, wow. There are all kinds of things it could have damaged. Could be the tires, could be the bushes, could be the bearings. You're going to have to drove it and see how bad it really is. When in doubt, replace, but this negs the question, how hard was the brake on and how hot did the hubs get? I hope you checked that?

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Old 03-01-2016, 09:14 AM   #3
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To tell you the truth, when I got in the Ion, realized how I had screwed myself, I immediately wondered why the whole thing didn't catch on fire. There was no grating sound (or any sound) when I pulled it into the garage. The wheel was, indeed, hot. If any halfway good news came out of this it was the fact that I didn't do a full pull on the brake handle. I pulled it just enough to keep the Ion from rolling on the slight slope while I locked in the hitch. I've calmed down enough now to jack it up this morning and see what the toll is. Thanks for the feedback. I sincerely appreciate a master taking time to read and respond.

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Old 03-01-2016, 10:04 AM   #4
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I value opinions here and this time will honorably accept verbal lashings or other abuse for pulling such a bonehead stunt.
OK, now everyone point and laugh at Midlander...

Actually, it sounds like you got off pretty easy. Hope there's no significant damage. I see a lot of Saturns towed behind motor homes, and I'm sure there's a good reason for that.

Also, it's interesting to see what people are choosing lately now that the last Saturns are aging.

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Old 03-01-2016, 12:59 PM   #5
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Hey, I asked for the pointing and snickers. I deserve every arrow for pulling such a dumb stunt. You say lucky and the actual outcome is a miracle. There was no damage whatsoever on either wheel. The drums didn't have a ridge and the shoes only wore to about half-life. I re-adjusted both brakes to take up the slack and my braking is back to 100%. Bet you can't guess who will now use a printed checklist for every trip.

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Old 03-01-2016, 01:29 PM   #6
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Maybe a yellow sticky note on the steering wheel or rear view mirror?

Glad to hear it worked out.

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Old 03-01-2016, 07:02 PM   #7
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Or perhaps a big red "remove before flight" tag on the handle.

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Midlander, according to rules and regulations, you're disqualified from entry into the rarified group of "boneheads". I will not discuss my qualifications (unless asked). There is no such thing as a half hearted attempt, which appears to be the case here as you did not make an honest effort to completely pull up on the parking brake lever. As I recall it, rules stipulate qualifying with complete 100% distraction without any forethought, planning, discussion, practice, research, suggestions, clueless bordering on ignorance and any other dishonest methods not listed here or anywhere. Rules are rules and disobeying any portion of unposted regulations is ground for automatic disqualification. Unfortunately, you do not meet qualifications. Any attempt to try is an automatic fail. True boneheads meet qualifications without trying.

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