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Old 05-20-2013, 08:04 AM   #1
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Need help with my brakes, I have none!

I replaces one of the 4 brake assemblys on my 21ss and now I have no brakes. I had to cut the two wires going to the old brakes and spliced in the new wires for the replaced assembly. Now I have no brakes to any of the wheels. Anybody have any ideas on how to fix this? I suppose to leave in 3 days for camping. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:23 PM   #2
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have you set the adjuster wheels ? brakes do not "auto adjust". With the wheels off the ground, turn the adjuster wheel (accessed from behind the wheel through the back of the hub) till the pads ever so slightly touch on the hub brake surface. Do this on all 4 hubs. then test brakes. there is a special curved flathead tool for this, but a wide flathead screwdriver will suffice.
I assume you have power to the brakes after redoing the wires, just no brakes when you hit the pedal ?
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:28 PM   #3
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have you set the adjuster wheels ? brakes do not "auto adjust".
I have to warn you that this statement may be wrong.
As some trailers including mine do infact have auto adjusters.

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Old 05-20-2013, 03:29 PM   #4
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Have you checked the fuse?
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:38 PM   #5
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Have you checked the fuse?
X2, especially if you cut the wires with either trailer battery or Tow Vehicle power still being applied to the wires. You probably blew a fuse.
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Old 05-20-2013, 03:43 PM   #6
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I have to warn you that this statement may be wrong.
As some trailers including mine do infact have auto adjusters.

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i dont' know about your specific trailer, and there are higher end backing plate assemblies that provide auto-adjusters, but those are usually special order.. and more $$ than the standard backing plate we all are normally seeing. (F1100turbo's trailer likely has these )

You would be amazed at how many people think that just backing up and hitting the brakes "self adjust" them, I myself used to think that was the case. 100,000 miles of towing a double axle race trailer, and a few sets of backing plates and hubs later, i finally found this information out when talking to some guys that build trailers. This of course was after repeated attempts over the years to "self adjust" the brakes by backing up and slamming on the brakes.. we would always end up manually adjusting to get good brake power back.
In the future, i may try the higher end bigger dollar self adjusters.
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