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Old 05-22-2018, 09:44 AM   #1
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Tandem Axle Replacing Brakes Question

I have a 2016 Surveyor 32BHDS. I repacked the wheel bearings this week and noticed one of the brake shoes on one axel is really worn alot. It needs replaces. They are 10" x 2.25 shoes. I searched for replacements and you can buy just the shoes but it seems sometimes the entire assembly with the back plate is cheaper. Just wondering what other people do here. Do you replace the shoes or the entire thing. I am also curious what people find is a good replacement. There are many options through etrailer.com.

Only one side of one axle was bad but I will replace both sides of that same axle. Should I also replace both sides of the other axle and have all new brakes or can you only do one axle at at time. Is that ok?
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Buy the complete assembly and replace them all.
With one worn more than the others is a sign that they were not adjusted properly or you have an electrical issue in the brakes.
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I just replaced all four. Entire assembly is cheaper, easier, and better in my opinion.

I have always replaced all four brake assemblies at the same time, but mine wear fairly evenly as I adjust them every time I repack the wheel bearings.
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without question buy the assembly. If I remember, that was with the magnet?
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I just replaced all four. Entire assembly is cheaper, easier, and better in my opinion.

I have always replaced all four brake assemblies at the same time, but mine wear fairly evenly as I adjust them every time I repack the wheel bearings.
Mine are the self-adjusting brakes so I don't think they were out of adjustment. The magnet one one side could be bad though.
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Mine are the self-adjusting brakes so I don't think they were out of adjustment. The magnet one one side could be bad though.
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Buy the complete assembly and replace them all.
With one worn more than the others is a sign that they were not adjusted properly or you have an electrical issue in the brakes.
Anyone have recommendations on where to buy the assemblies or is etrailer as good and any place else?

This is what I am looking at...

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Bra...3-468-469.html
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Anyone have recommendations on where to buy the assemblies or is etrailer as good and any place else?

This is what I am looking at...

https://www.etrailer.com/Trailer-Bra...3-468-469.html
Not to open up a can of worms for you... how is the magnet's engagement surface on the hub? When I had mine off last spring there was some degree of scoring. Do people recondition/cut the hubs like you used to do with automotive brake drums and rotors or just buy new hub assy?
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Not to open up a can of worms for you... how is the magnet's engagement surface on the hub? When I had mine off last spring there was some degree of scoring. Do people recondition/cut the hubs like you used to do with automotive brake drums and rotors or just buy new hub assy?
I have one hub that when I replace the brakes I need to replace. I was thinking of calling a few shops to see if anyone still turns them but I won't spend too long on it. A 10" new one is $61 on etrailer.
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I don't know where you are located and I tried to figure that out but apparently you don't provide that information to the forum. If you have a Southwest Wheel location near you, they are good folks to deal with. They have the stuff in stock and the price is right. As others have said, replace all four, if your drums are a mess, replace them, also. Good luck. You will be very happy with your brakes when you get done.
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