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Old 06-18-2013, 12:12 PM   #15
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....... The manager at the shop said the fitting might not have ever been tightened up properly and it finally worked loose enough to start leaking.

I'm going to add checking the brake fittings to my annual inspection.

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If the above scenario is correct AND the fittings have now been tightened correctly, they will never loosen up. Checking them will not hurrt anything and there are many things that can be checked. Lug nuts or lug bolts (depending on your trailer age) would be something that does loosen over time even when tightened correctly.

Glad there was no other damage or a single flare fitting used.

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I've always been concerned that aftermarket hydraulic trailer brake systems are underengineered and susceptible to all kinds of non-obvious sources of failure, flexing hoses beyond a safe bend radius, contact wear during suspension movement, and so on.
Are the hydraulic systems on trailers split into two zones as they are on cars?
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Are the hydraulic systems on trailers split into two zones as they are on cars?
Hi, No.
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To expand on the above ... Typically it is no for hydraulic no matter what the actuation method. (There are several)

For electricly applied brakes the answer is sort of. If there is a failure of the wiring or brake at or near the individual wheel the system by design isolates that brake. If the wiring is defective closer to the front of the trailer at some place no braking signal would be delivered at all.

Best remedy for either system is a quick visual on areas that can be seen before dropping the shift lever into D.

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Is there any possibility that the brake line is pulling when the suspension is at max travel?
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