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deltabravo

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Taffy.C wrote:

Also, is it simpler to replace the whole hub/drum assembly vs just the brake kit assembly?


"Hub/Drum" is a totally different set of parts and replacement project than the "brake kit assembly"

Hub/drum is what you remove when repacking the bearings and inspecting the brakes.
Drums last a long time. There's no really reason to replace them unless they are out of round or have been machined beyond their maximum diameter.

Replacing the brake backing plate assembly is simple: clip the wires, remove 4 nuts on the axle flange that hold the brake assembly in place, reinstall new brake assembly and reconnect the wires.

I show the bub/drum R&R (bearing repack) in this video


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Here's a few more of my videos and brakes and bearings:

Trailer brake and bearing inspection | 7x12 Cargo Trailer Maintenance

DEXTER NEV-R-ADJUST Trailer Brakes and How They Work

When I replaced the brakes on the black trailer in the first video, I went to the self adjusting brakes, which is the project in the second video. I will never go back to manual adjusting brakes again.

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Almost any brake shop or even a Napa with a machine shop can measure the drums to see if they are worn out.

But just think about this. Most every car with 200,000 miles on it is still running the original rear brake drums.

If the brakes don't seem to work well you need to investigate the brake system (adjustment,wiring, 7 pin socket and controller)

Easy check, plug your trailer up to the tow vehicle and have somebody step on the brake pedal. Walk around and see if there is a hum or buzz from every wheel. No hum or buzz means no electrical to that wheel.


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Thinking if you need to ask you should likely need help. Brakes are not something to mess with, everyone's life depends on you being able to stop.


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Edd505 wrote:

Thinking if you need to ask you should likely need help. Brakes are not something to mess with, everyone's life depends on you being able to stop.
Everyone, even the most experienced, has a first time. And with the internet, utube, and the rest it makes easier then ever to learn how.

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Really appreciate this help! Thanks very much to all.


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I'm surprised no one said to buy a new trailer because the ash tray was full.

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Fisherman wrote:

I'm surprised no one said to buy a new trailer because the ash tray was full.


Or when the black tank was full.. LOL

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If I was replacing the entire assembly I would go with disk brake conversion.
Actually I did this a couple years ago.


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deltabravo wrote:

Fisherman wrote:

I'm surprised no one said to buy a new trailer because the ash tray was full.


Or when the black tank was full.. LOL


Agreed!

Like let's "change the axles" because the brakes are not working very well???? [emoticon] [emoticon]

Good chance that all that is needed is an ADJUSTMENT of the brakes folks, not the replacement of the axles brakes and drums.. And even IF the brakes are worn enough to warrant replacement, you do not need to replace the axles, just replace the backing plates.. 4 Nuts and the plate falls off. Quick and easy job.

The drums unless the brake surface has been deeply scored can be reused and should not need replaced for a long time.

Oh well, this thread certainly has given me a lot of chuckles..

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