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agesilaus

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Posted: 02/25/21 06:51pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

OK I stumbled on this video and this guy has the most comprehensive trailer drum brake repacking video that I have ever seen. I learned a lot from watching this and only wish that I had seen it before I did all four wheels earlier this year. He even shows a tool that allows you to set the brakes from the inside: Brake Setting Gauge

Anyway take a look at this, I see he has an earlier vidio on redoing the suspension too that I have not watched yet.
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Posted: 02/25/21 09:02pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Brake Repacking?


And with all those 'special' tools I'm surprised he doesn't have a 'bearing packing tool'


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I sure wouldn't be doing that job in that environment, I'd be working on concrete





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Scary what we see here.


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Good overall tutorial on the process. I do mine essentially the same way. I do it where I park it on gravel.. Big piece of cardboard under the axle and my foam pad squares saves the knees!

I don't do any of that measuring stuff.. I don't use that packing tool.. I have one. Used it once. Just do the palm method and works great.

When I adjust the brakes I use the manual adjuster from the rear and get it to a point where it has drag and then back off a tick or two so that I just hear it scraping, but can still rotate a couple of turns with a good spin.

For setting the nut, I like to turn it tight while turning the drum then back off and then hand tight to where the cotter pin goes thru. As long as there is no play in the drum to the spindle, it's good.. [emoticon]

Been doing that on wheel bearings since I was a kid doing them on the family car back in the 80's.

My current trailer has the self adjusting brakes and the zerk on the front and I've done that last year, but I'll probably pull them before this camping season, just to look at the new setup.

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Posted: 02/26/21 04:06am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

repacking brakes???


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I use that bearing packing tool that Old-Biscuit has pictured. It works really well, gets a nice even solid pack, and forces out any old grease, that may have been missed.

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Posted: 02/26/21 06:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

hornet28 wrote:

I sure wouldn't be doing that job in that environment, I'd be working on concrete


Well some of us don't have a concrete pad, you know Rural America? I do use a much larger piece of cardboard under the wheel tho.

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Posted: 02/26/21 06:36am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

That was not a castle nut.
You don't clean old grease out with new grease, you clean the bearing.
The silly brake shoe gauge was not used properly, not even close.
If the brakes needed that much adjustment the self adjuster mechanism wasn't working, many don't.
You should apply some grease to the grease seal.
The bearings should be seated while spinning the drum.
1/4 turn is nonsense, back off till loose.
Adjust the nut in till it just removes the play when using that type of retainer. Bearings are to have a very small amount of clearance and that retainer is sloppy enough to allow that to happen.





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