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Old 08-14-2019, 07:09 PM   #11
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Found the culprit. A bolt knocked loose and is just swimming in the bottom, refer to the pic. Is this the self-adjusting screw? Can I just drive it like this? Having a hell of a time getting the drum off!
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Old 08-14-2019, 10:46 PM   #12
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I've had a brake adjuster fall out and roll around in the drum on one wheel of two different trailers, and they were new when it happened.
Well DocBrown, looks like you hit the nail on the head. I managed to get the drum off after an hour not knowing that there was a grease cap (duh) anyways that's what it was. The adjuster bolt, housing and spring came apart and were rolling around in there. To make matters worse the shoes are almost down to the metal which is odd considering my TT has only likely been driven 500 KMs. I was thinking of changing the shoes however folks are saying just to get the entire assembly. My best guess is due to the crazy amount of rust and the mechanics of the brakes not working very well, I was just riding with the shoes somewhat engaged. I dont think the previous owners winterized/covered this thing and it has been sitting for the last 7 years! Not to mention they live near the beach so salt in the air likely contributing to the rapid corrosion. I thought I got a good deal on this thing but its costing me more in time and money!
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Old 08-15-2019, 05:23 AM   #13
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Well DocBrown, looks like you hit the nail on the head. I managed to get the drum off after an hour not knowing that there was a grease cap (duh) anyways that's what it was. The adjuster bolt, housing and spring came apart and were rolling around in there. To make matters worse the shoes are almost down to the metal which is odd considering my TT has only likely been driven 500 KMs. I was thinking of changing the shoes however folks are saying just to get the entire assembly. My best guess is due to the crazy amount of rust and the mechanics of the brakes not working very well, I was just riding with the shoes somewhat engaged. I dont think the previous owners winterized/covered this thing and it has been sitting for the last 7 years! Not to mention they live near the beach so salt in the air likely contributing to the rapid corrosion. I thought I got a good deal on this thing but its costing me more in time and money!
I see the problem. You are driving KMs, they are much harder on vehicles than good old American miles.
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Old 08-15-2019, 06:59 AM   #14
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At least you know now! On my old Kiwi 17a the adjuster was so chewed up I had to get another one. It didn't hurt the drum any though.

So long as the drums are in good shape, smooth no gouges, not excessively worn, I'd just get the shoes and new springs. If the drums are good take some 100 grit sand paper and sand the inside surface, them spray them with brake cleaner.

The brakes are not self adjusting like cars. You have to manually adjust them.
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Old 08-15-2019, 07:21 AM   #15
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Glad you found the problem with the brakes. What I found out recently is itís easier to buy the entire assembly for each side then try to find individual parts like the shoes and springs. If you have it apart and there was a lack of maintenance from the previous owner itís probably best to do it all. Donít forget to repack the wheel bearings and replace the seal on the drum also.
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