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Old 09-11-2013, 02:51 PM   #1
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Adjusting self adjusting brakes

My trailer brakes have been weak lately and I thought I might adjust them a bit but can't seem to find out how to to it. The 2 plugs on the back of the brakes don't seem to have the star wheel. Is there a way to do it? I used my other truck to rule out the controller. They are both Prodigy's and set on full gain.

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Old 09-11-2013, 03:59 PM   #2
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I don't think there's any way to adjust them.If you don't understand trailer brakes this video does a pretty good job of explaining
Looks like your trailer is 2 years old ,depending on the use I check mine every 2 years and pack the wheel bearings.
Have you tried upping the setting on your controler?
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Old 09-11-2013, 04:41 PM   #3
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My controller is set to the highest setting and they barely work. I tried my other truck as well and it was the same, barely working. I guess I need to pull a drum and see what is happening.
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Old 09-12-2013, 06:03 AM   #4
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One of my trailer brakes wasn't working. I had it checked and the adjusting mechanism was not installed. Yep, it wasn't in there at all so this brake never ever worked. Jayco paid for the replacement while I was on the road.
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I found the problem..... Grease got in there somehow. I haven't pulled the drums yet but was testing the voltage on each drum and could see grease around the perimeter of the drum. I have the ez lube axles and have lubed them 3 times in 2 1/2 years, but only a few squirts 4-5 each time.

More later, we are camping now and have limited tools.
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just sounds like a blown seal.little clean up and a new seal, easy fix.
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just sounds like a blown seal.little clean up and a new seal, easy fix.
I guess I should at least change the shoes.
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Grease on one drum and a spring hanging out of the other. That's only from looking from the outside. Hard to stop this thing with 2 out of 4 brakes malfunctioning.
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DieselX, we had a similar problem with too much grease in the bearings from the factory. I don't believe in the ez lube and never use it. We had three brakes full of grease and the bill was $1100. Everything was changed, springs and all. In our case the trailer was only about 9 months old and Jayco reimbursed us for the work. You will find that this is a common occurrence with EZ lube axles. I hope you can get by with just shoes and LOTS of "brake clean". You may want to have the drums turned because grease will be in the pores in the metal.
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Clutch, I haven't even looked at the one full of grease yet. The other drum with the spring hanging out was a mess though. It was totally missing the self adjusting cable, and a spring was rolling around in the bottom. I ordered a complete new set, backing plate and all, pre assembled for only $49 plus shipping. It is super easy to change too. We will be at this campground for a few months so I decided just to tackle one at a time and order what I needed as I go. I'll post some pics Monday or Tuesday when It comes in.

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