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Old 06-22-2021, 10:12 AM   #1
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Brake job info help needed

I have a 2017 jay flight 264slx bhw that I need to do a brake job on. This being my first time I want to make sure I get everything right of course. I don't know what axel rating this trailer has and also any suggestions on cost friendly but quality brake parts to go with would be amazing. Thanks for your time in advance.
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Why do you think you need to do a brake job on a 4 year old trailer? Unless you're full-timing, I'd be surprised to see brake shoes wear out so quickly.

Otherwise, you should watch some YouTube videos about drum brakes, as they all sort of work the same -- 1972 Chevelle or 2017 Jayco trailer. Others can chime in with model-specific notes about any retaining clips and such.

I would generally check my shoes every 2 years or so when I lubed my axle. But, I couldn't really ever see much, if any, wear on my weekend warrior trailer. But, if you're yanking this thing all over the country 9 months of the year, then I suppose 4 years could chew through a set of shoes.

Also, remember that squeaky brakes do not necessarily mean bad brakes (both for disc and drum). It often means that you need to simply lube the other metal-on-metal parts of the braking mechanism. People often forget to lubricate pins and caliper surfaces on disc brakes. Same with drums and certain moving parts that can create resonant frequencies if not properly lubricated.
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Old 06-22-2021, 11:15 AM   #3
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Youtube will be your friend.

Magnets might need to be replaced.

Crawl under your TT, locate the data plaque on the axle. This will give you lots of info to determine what parts you will or might need in advance.
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So long as the magnets aren't worn down to the point of showing the wiring wrap inside, they are probably fine. But before you actually do the job you might want to test the voltage at the magnets with a multi-meter.

When I helped my dad do his we bought all the parts from Etrailer. Their prices are competitive and if you have questions they are very helpful. Etrailer also had lots of videos.
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Brake job questions

I should clarify. I drove across country from Oregon to Florida and obviously used the brakes a ton. Now that im back home and drove recently with it a couple times the trailer brakes don't slow down the trailer like it used to when manually braking with the brake controller and when regular braking. This is even with the brake controller turned all the way up.
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eTrailer.com is the place to go for information and parts. I replaced the entire brake hub assemblies including drums after 5 years of traveling around the country. Prices for complete brake hub assemblies wasn't much more than buying pic and choose replacement parts. And much, much easier.

Call and speak with one of the techs. I trust them.

Edit: maybe your brake shoes need to be adjusted?
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Smoker makes 2 very good points.
Replacing the whole assembly is very cost effective.
Could be an adjustment will solve the problem but I expect most trailers have the self-adjust feature but also possible shoes are worn and the adjuster are not doing their job.

Another possibility is the seals have failed and allowed grease to migrate to the shoes which will require new shoes also.

An additional suggestion would be to service the bearings while you have things apart (clean, inspect, replace if necessary and repack). Replace the seals is a given.
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My rig is just over 10 years old we have had to replace 2 brake assemblies over the years. On my rig they run $85 bucks maybe more now due to inflation.

When the hubs are pulled for inspection or repacking bearings/ seals it's easy to replace the whole assembly rather than fooling with individual parts. Start new with everything.
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Buy complete brake assemblies, much cheaper than pieces. Easier too.
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Old 06-22-2021, 07:12 PM   #10
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Brakes kit I found

I found this brakes kit that came up for my specific trailer. I know this seems really dumb of a question and I apologize but before I spend $400 I want to make sure I have the right product. Still learning with the maintenance things so Im still a little lost. My trailer is in storage so looking at details at the moment in the rain and late is a no go tonight atleast to verify axle rating and other specifics. I apologize for the crappy picture. Not sure why that happened.
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Take a picture of the axle tag for future use. You will use it more than once. If you have a Lippert axle, you can go to their site and download all the manuals and parts list for it. Just go to Support, Documents.
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If you contact Etrailer with your tag info they will tell you exactly what parts to order.
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If they are needing replaced, save yourself the headache and just get the whole hub assembly. The job will go way smoother. Then you know everything is new and you'll be good for a very long time. Good luck!
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Edit: maybe your brake shoes need to be adjusted?
This was my thought as well. Brakes should last longer than one long trip. More than likely just worn enough to be less effective. The OP might want to pull a drum and see what it looks like before throwing money at it.
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Only 4 years old???
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We replaced our brakes when we replaced the wheel bearings. I was pleased I could purchase the entire assembly with self adjusting brakes. Very simple just bolted in the new assembly (torqued to specs) and was good to go.
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We replaced our brakes when we replaced the wheel bearings. I was pleased I could purchase the entire assembly with self adjusting brakes. Very simple just bolted in the new assembly (torqued to specs) and was good to go.
Same as I did, do not regret it at all.
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As for the many choices you have on the internet, just measure the shoe width (probably 2 inches) measure the drum diameter (12 inches or so ) and count the number of holes the backplate has for the mounting.
There are many choices out there.
I just replaced all 4 complete assemblies for $220 . . .
Needed 90 minutes max. .,. . And I am not a car mechanic ��
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Good idea replacing the manual adjusting brake assembly with the self adjusting brake assembly. One initial adjustment at first and then they should adjust after that.
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