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Old 08-28-2016, 11:35 AM   #1
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Brake hub problem- FYI

We are planning a trip to the Oregon Coast in September. In preparation for that trip I decided to lube the axle bearings on our 2015, 294RLT. All went well until the rear axel on the driver side. As I spun the wheel while adding grease I heard a clicking sound on each rotation. I removed the wheel and hub and discovered a real mess. It appears one of the five nuts that hold the brake housing onto the axle came off at some point in time. This seems to have caused the magnet to wear down to the copper coils, scarred the drum, and wore the brake shoes down to bare metal. The nut was still inside the the area, captured between the drum and brake housing. It was worn as if being on a grinder, the star washer is not to be found. I will submit pictures for a claim but must get this repaired locally as time is a factor. This could have ended in a real problem, but fortunately it was discovered in my driveway and not on the road. I will pull all the other hubs for inspection prior to any travel. This appears to be one time my "over-doing" it paid off.
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Old 08-28-2016, 12:00 PM   #2
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IMO if you can do what you are doing you can fix it. Just buy a backing assembly and drum if needed. $100 should be close. Install. Adjust brakes. Back in action


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IMO if you can do what you are doing you can fix it. Just buy a backing assembly and drum if needed. $100 should be close. Install. Adjust brakes. Back in action


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Old 08-28-2016, 06:57 PM   #4
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I just replaceed a backing plate on my 320rlt. 12x2 complete backing plate with shoes and magnet was $54 at a local trailer supply place. I couldn't replace the magnet and shoes separately for that price.
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Old 08-29-2016, 12:18 AM   #5
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Thanks for the suggestion of replacing entire brake assembly. I will contact local suppliers in AM to find the assembly, then install. Still plan to check other 3, for peace of mind if nothing else. May be a little more labor, but better at home than on some highway gravel shoulder.
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Old 08-29-2016, 03:28 PM   #6
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Located Dexter parts locally. Replacing entire brake assembly, drum, bearings and seal for cost of $135. Add wheel bearing grease and blue locktite for another $12. Called Dexter and it appears likely they will reimburse for brake and hub. Very cooperative person at Dexter. I think this is not an unknown situation.
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Old 08-29-2016, 05:59 PM   #7
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Check all the bolts for lock washers. Mine had none. Check other wheels too.
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Old 08-30-2016, 11:32 AM   #8
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Example of what one little nut can do

As pictures show it would only been a matter of time before a roadside breakdown occurred. All replaced and good to go. Sent pics to Dexter, waiting for reply.
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