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Old 01-09-2010, 10:53 AM   #1
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Default Trailer Brakes

My trailer is three years old and this past summer when we hooked up to it the brakes would be on.I would have to go forward and backwards until it broke lose.It was never the same brake.This trailer has four brakes.When i take the brake drum of what do i need to look for?
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:03 AM   #2
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Default RE: Trailer Brakes

You'll have a lot of rust that is locking the drums up. (or discs if you have those) You will probably need a new set of brakes and hardware.
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Old 01-09-2010, 11:05 AM   #3
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I've always had problems with drum brakes. They always seem to freeze up/lock up. Keep the cylinders and levers greased and make sure you flush them everytime you dunk the trailer. PM is a must.

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Old 01-09-2010, 11:08 AM   #4
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Default RE: Trailer Brakes

Not uncommon. Sometimes having emergency brake engaged on my every day drive vehicles for a period of time will require a bit of a nudge to fully release.

Drum brake shoes should retract from the drum a few micro inches when at rest.

Disc brakes will just touch the rotor when at rest.



Either type should let loose in the first foot of trailer travel and release any grip. If the wheel is not turning at all it is likely the brake on that wheel is stuck in the engaged mode.



Even if the brakes allow all wheels to turn after the first foot, you want to check hub temps after a mile of travel if you suspect any brake drag.



On drum brakes there are springs on the shoes that help pull them away from the drum when at rest. One or more of those springs may have broke.
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Old 01-09-2010, 12:33 PM   #5
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This is why drum brakes are the least desirable on a boat trailer.



Rust and sitting are the worst thing for them.


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Old 01-09-2010, 01:20 PM   #6
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We just had to redo the brakes on our trailer. We had durms but,switched over to disc brakes w/ceramic pads. The difference is night vs day. The trailer stops a heck of alot smoother and quicker. BBob

BTW: Eddie English in Miltonis were I had mine done. Kudos to Mr. English for having in completed by the timehe hadpromised.
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