Join Date: Nov 2007
Location: Lehighton, Pa, USA
Re: PA's use of Geomelt & corrosive effects on vehicles
A friend is a long time, wholesaler for automotive parts and started mentioning this was becoming a big issue for his clients about five years ago. I paid little attention thinking it was older cars, or possibly 4x4's used for snow etc.
I had only 35k on my 99 Ford Van, and is rarely if ever driven in snow conditions.
Fortunately, my lines burst while on a lift. Another few minutes before or after, and that would have been a serious situation. You can not down shift at road speed, and there is no functioning emergency brake on this super duty van. It is for parking only. Once engaged, you have to push harder to disengage.
One of those moments that had me thinking it was just not my time, and decided to go ahead and buy the bike.
Having seen so much of this, I scheduled to have the one remaining OEM brake line replaced next week.
Interestingly, there is not a bit of rust anywhere on any of the body panels, all the rust is underneath, the brake lines being the worst of it. The rotors were replaced in Nov 2005 with OEM Ford rotors, and then again last June.