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Old 09-19-2009, 06:30 PM   #1
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Found something weird doing my first brake job.

I just replaced four of my 10" brake plates, repacked my bearings, replaced the seals. Total DIY: $222.00. New proportional brake controller with harness for my TV: $130.

The old plates had plenty of shoe left but looked rusty, OLD and full of grease splatter.

The wierd thing was that all four brake wire pairs were cut at the plates rendering them completely useless. Why would someone do this?

BTW, I live in Charlottesville, Va and Kevin at the Blue Ridge Trailer Supply was an awesome helpful resource.

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Old 09-19-2009, 06:42 PM   #2
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Maybe they just broke at that location, due to a stress concentration or corroded. No one, besides a saboteur, would cut the brake lines(wires).

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Old 09-19-2009, 06:52 PM   #3
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No, they were definately cut with wire cutters, not broken or worn. It was intentional. I doubt malicious, I was thinking more like something wrong with the electrical and they wanted to isolate the brakes.
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Old 09-19-2009, 07:56 PM   #4
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The only reason I could think of is the breakaway switch failing engaging the brakes and the owner 100 miles from home didn't know what else to do so he cut the wires.

May have been the wrong way to fix a problem but desperate times call for desperate measures.

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Old 09-20-2009, 12:14 AM   #5
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perhaps the trailer wiring was screwed up and the wires were cut to prevent the tires screeching every time the brake lights came on.

i have seen dumber things...

you call them ferrets, i call them weasels.
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