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Old 03-09-2016, 09:01 PM   #21
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My unit came with self adjusting brakes that adjust when going Forward and applying the brakes. I did not know about this type of brakes on my unit until major damage was done and ended up costing days on the side of the road and new axle and hubs.

Checks your hubs and brakes and know what type you have and adjust them looser.... not tighter if they are forward adjusting brakes, as they will shortly tighten up. Once a year, remove your hubs and bearing and check for wear and re grease.
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The left front brake had a wire disconnected which made the right front brake not work at all and was quite rusty. Is it possible that this caused the left rear to receive too much power and over adjust?
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My understanding of self adjusting brakes is the adjusting occurs when backing up.
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Old 03-09-2016, 09:18 PM   #24
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Self-adjusting brakes work whenever brakes are applied.
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Sorry tommy but that is incorrect.
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:02 PM   #26
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The Dexter self adjusting brakes adjust when brakes are applied going forward. Car self adjusting brakes work in reverse
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Old 03-09-2016, 10:06 PM   #27
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Whenever the brakes are applied the mechanism moves a lever that turns a threaded wheel that spreads the shoes at the bottom. It doesn't matter what direction the wheels are turning or whether they are moving at all.
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The left front brake had a wire disconnected which made the right front brake not work at all and was quite rusty. Is it possible that this caused the left rear to receive too much power and over adjust?
No. The self adjuster will only adjust when there is a sufficient gap between the rear brake shoe and the brake drum. The adjustment is done manually electricity engages the magnet. Let me add. If the everything is working correctly
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Whenever the brakes are applied the mechanism moves a lever that turns a threaded wheel that spreads the shoes at the bottom. It doesn't matter what direction the wheels are turning or whether they are moving at all.
I am quite aware of the self adjusting parts of the system. There may be different trailer brake systems that adjust going forward and backing up. However not both.
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The good thing is you found it and can now put it back the right way and be safe.
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