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Old 08-16-2016, 03:32 PM   #1
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Trailer brakes

Just a little fyi. I was going to adjust my brakes on my 285 slr and found out that they come with self adjusting brakes. Wish I would have known that before I got it all jacked up and on jack stands. Live and learn.
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Old 08-16-2016, 03:49 PM   #2
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You should check the adjustment anyway every year. A lot of times the self adjusters won't operate correctly and can leave a brake loose or even over tighten them.

It takes a little more work because you have to hold the adjuster arm off the cog a little and then move the cog with the spoon.
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Old 08-22-2016, 10:04 AM   #3
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I fully agree Bama. I couldn't get the brakes to lock up with the controller on max and on gravel! Will be doing a manual adjustment today.
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Trobec, did you ever get them adjusted right? Mine wont lock up either and it pulls to the left on a hard break. I'm taking it in tomorrow to get the water heater fixed and I was going to have them check the breaks out too.
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Old 09-06-2016, 02:49 PM   #5
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Auto adjusters keep the brakes adequate, but far from optimum. It's worthwhile to check the adjustment every few thousand miles.
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Old 09-06-2016, 04:17 PM   #6
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I adjusted all four brakes but still can't get them to lock up. I have a Tekonsha Prodigy 2 brake controller and have to run the gain on the highest setting. Didn't have any problems on my 2012 Impact. However,it was a 24 foot bumper pull.


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Old 09-06-2016, 04:22 PM   #7
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I think I'm going to try to find a brake shoe upgrade

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I adjusted all four brakes but still can't get them to lock up. I have a Tekonsha Prodigy 2 brake controller and have to run the gain on the highest setting. Didn't have any problems on my 2012 Impact. However,it was a 24 foot bumper pull.


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I have almost the exact same scenario. Old trailer was fine, and this one wont lock up even on b3 and dialed all the way up. It actually breaks very little and my truck is taking on most of the breaking. So that's not good. I found out that my break controller was a little too level or slightly negative, meaning I had it at about 0 degree tilt and I think it wasn't registering properly. I moved the mount up the dash a little so it's sitting about 45 degrees from horizontal and it worked a lot better. I think I was 0 degrees or less with my old mount. I never had to mess with the mount with my other trailer as everything worked fine. I'm taking it in tomorrow and I'll see what they say.
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Before your brakes will lock, they need to be warmed up. The directions say to use the manual lever to drag the trailer brakes for a short time to warm them up.
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