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Old 06-09-2014, 10:40 PM   #1
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Electric brake inspection/repair

I have a 2012 International 25' FB. In the very near future I will be replacing the full set of tires. I would like to have the brake pads/shoes inspected and replaced, if necessary.

Is there any special knowledge or skill necessary to work on the electric brakes?
Can a standard issue brake mechanic change out the parts, or do I have to go to a "trailer shop" to have the work done?

Thanks, Don
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Old 06-09-2014, 11:01 PM   #2
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I have a 2012 International 25' FB. In the very near future I will be replacing the full set of tires. I would like to have the brake pads/shoes inspected and replaced, if necessary.

Is there any special knowledge or skill necessary to work on the electric brakes?
Can a standard issue brake mechanic change out the parts, or do I have to go to a "trailer shop" to have the work done?

Thanks, Don
Hi, my opinion; Anyone who can, and has correctly done, drum brakes on a car/truck should be able to do trailer brakes. Finding someone who can machine the drums for both the brake lining and the magnet surface will be the hard part. Unless you ride your brakes down every hill/mountain, a 2012 model shouldn't need new linings.
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I have a 2012 International 25' FB. In the very near future I will be replacing the full set of tires. I would like to have the brake pads/shoes inspected and replaced, if necessary.

Is there any special knowledge or skill necessary to work on the electric brakes?
Can a standard issue brake mechanic change out the parts, or do I have to go to a "trailer shop" to have the work done?

Thanks, Don
Depends on the shop. Depends on the mechanic. There have been reports of career mechanics lifting trailers in ways that have damaged them, so no job is idiot proof.

A trailer shop would be more likely to have the parts in stock and experience with electric brakes. They would be more likely to have a shop configuration conducive to working on trailers. And the mechanic would be sure to have worked on electric brakes before, probably sometime in the last week or so.

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Electric brakes are almost idiot proof. They are about as simple as it gets. My scare would be how they jack up the A/S.
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Thanks for the replies. I'm gonna read up on the jacking procedure.

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