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Posted: 11/04/19 06:50pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

bpounds wrote:

This was kind of touched on above, but so it doesn't get missed I'll repeat it. I like to tighten the shoes hard into the drum first. Then back off until I can spin the wheel with slight drag. What that does is force the shoes into concentricity with the drum. If you don't do that, and only snug up until you feel/hear drag, chances are only 1 shoe is doing the dragging.


This is the way the instrictions I've read say to do it.


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Always spin the wheel the direction of going forward. Yes down on the handle spins the star wheel up and expands (tightens) the shoes against the drum. Get them tight so it you can't turn the wheel by hand and then back off 3-5 teeth. If the tire won't spin then back ff some more until it does spin with a scraping noise.


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Thanks everyone knocked it out pretty quick. Didnt even get caught!!

I did error a bit on the side of backing them back off more than i should. Did maybe 7 clicks back after it was too tight to turn by hand. They were all super loose i must have done 30 clicks to get the wheels to stop. Sure hope there is still a little bit of brake pads left. Will have to talk her into to pulling the drums at some point. Or at least pull of 1 drum and check for brake pad thickness.

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Posted: 11/06/19 06:14am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Suggest letting the trailer owner know the brakes work now to avoid flat spotting a set of tires.

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ScottG wrote:

If you have a newer rig and are adjusting it the first time, make sure both adjusters on the same side turn the same way.
My trailer had the wrong adjuster on one wheel. It's an auto adj system so everytime I hit the brakes, it loosened them!
That happened right up until it totally came apart inside the drum and made all kinds of noise I could here as I parked. Adjuster was destroyed.


Another note on the auto adjusters... they need to be close to begin with or they don't do much. My Coachmen has them, and the brakes were very weak when new, and they didn't seem to be getting better, until I manually set the adjustment. Now they take care of themselves like they're supposed to.


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