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Old 04-27-2016, 04:01 PM   #1
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Brakes, adjusting?

Got about 7500 miles on all new brakes on or Card. Getting ready to go again, probably nmt 700 miles this time. Wondering IF I should adjust the brakes and how the easiest means of accomplishing that adjustment?
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Old 04-28-2016, 12:57 PM   #2
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If it is a new Cardinal your brakes are self adjusting.
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Old 04-28-2016, 07:06 PM   #3
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If it is a new Cardinal your brakes are self adjusting.

It is not a new trailer, its a 2008, new brakes with new brakes but with 7500 cross country miles.
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OK, lift each wheel, spin then adjust till it drags then back off till it just barely rubs. Or adjust till it stops spinning then back off till it you can spin again. My 2009 card had self adjusters so I never needed to adjust.
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I agree, time to check them easy to do, I can even do that, better then warping your TV rotors. I have done that once already

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You should be adjusting them no later then 3000 miles
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Old 06-04-2016, 12:31 PM   #7
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Self Adjusting Brakes

I have a 2008 Cardinal 30RKLE also. about 2 months ago I changed my manual adjust brakes to the forward self adjusting. My Cardinal came with Al-KO T52 axles, Dexter makes a direct replacement for a real good price I got mine for $115 a hub. For anyone not wanting to get dirty or wants a piece of mind its the way to go. This removes the worry that they brakes aren't set right.
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OK, lift each wheel, spin then adjust till it drags then back off till it just barely rubs. Or adjust till it stops spinning then back off till it you can spin again. My 2009 card had self adjusters so I never needed to adjust.
This does the trick. Though, don't trust your self adjusters too much, they keep them close and functional but not optimum.
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I was a auto mechanic and did a lot of drum brakes and found the self adjusters do a great job as long as you backed up enough to activate them. On a trailer they work even better because you are spending a lot of time in reverse. That can be confirmed when you pack your wheel bearings every year.
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I was a auto mechanic and did a lot of drum brakes and found the self adjusters do a great job as long as you backed up enough to activate them. On a trailer they work even better because you are spending a lot of time in reverse. That can be confirmed when you pack your wheel bearings every year.
Hey now I back up my truck/car a LOT more than our Trailer! We are normally "On the Go" in the Forward Direction!I use the Spin till lock up/then back off Method,to adjust the drum brakes! Youroo!!
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