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Old 07-14-2012, 10:24 AM   #1
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We have a 1997 34' tri-axle, the trailer is braking on the road(left) side but nothing at all on the curb(right) side.
Has any one ever had this problem and what is the proper way of repairing this. I would really not want to remove the complete underbelly.
Thank you all in advance. Ken
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Old 07-14-2012, 10:33 AM   #2
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First you need to determine if it is an electrical problem or a mechanical problem. The brakes are electro-magnets. Hold a compass close to each wheel while someone activates and releases the brakes. You should have field detection on both sides. If not, you have and electrical problem. Trace the wires and check continuity. You may have a loose wire nut. If electric is ok. Jack up the side that is not working and try to turn each wheel as someone activates the brakes. If you get electric but no stop. Try adjusting the brake to see if it will lock up without activation. If yes, reset it to just touch. If not take the brake drum off and investigate.
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Old 07-14-2012, 11:48 AM   #3
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When testing with the compass hold it about 4 inches below the center of the axle. That is where the magnet is and will give you the best test.

If all three wheel on the curb side fail this test you are looking for a broken wire as it crosses from the drivers side to the passenger side. If one or 2 fail look at the wires from the frame to the backer plate of the brake. Sometimes they are routed poorly and pull apart due to axle movement. I like to leave a service loop at the frame end of these wires and secure them to the spindle with tie wraps just before they go into the backer plate. The movement is at the axle end thus the service loop.
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We have a 1997 34' tri-axle, the trailer is braking on the road(left) side but nothing at all on the curb(right) side.
Has any one ever had this problem
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and what is the proper way of repairing this. I would really not want to remove the complete underbelly.
Thank you all in advance. Ken
It is an acceptable service procedure to abandon the old brake wiring in place and replace it with new wiring run on the surface of the belly pan. If you use jacketed marine cable you don't need to run it in wire loom.
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:54 AM   #5
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Brake problem

Do I run wires from the front main wire??
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Old 07-15-2012, 05:58 AM   #6
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That is the way I did it and experienced no trouble in 15 years. You need to use pretty heavy gauge wires, to minimize voltage drop, and marine grade waterproof wing nuts.
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