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Old 06-05-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Electric Brake Question

Do I have to unplug my electric brakes when backing up. I have an '87 Excella. Don't know if not unplugging my brakes is causeing a problem (noise on backing up) or something else. Have had to replace magnet, and brake shoes on one brake because a spring broke. was this caused by backing up with the brakes plugged in? The owners manual doesn't address this.

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:55 PM   #2
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You don't need to unplug your brakes to back up.

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Old 06-05-2012, 03:56 PM   #3
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Electric brakes work in both direction so do not disconnect them. The stopping power is not as great because of the nature of the leading and trailing shoes when used in reverse but then again you are not backing up as fast as going forward.

As for the repair buy a complete backer plate assembly because it i cheaper than rebuilding your current one.
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Old 06-06-2012, 05:45 AM   #4
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Thanks for the info!
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