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Old 05-23-2006, 06:41 PM   #15
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Hi walter1--Correct wheel bearing adjustment: Tighten nut hand tight, or lightly with a wrench. Spin wheel to smooth out grease. Grab top and bottom of wheel and shake. Should be no looseness. Loosen nut one position and line up holes in spindle & nut. Grab top and bottom of wheel and shake. Should be some looseness. If not loosen one more position and shake as before. If looseness detected install cotter pin, and dust cap, and you are ready to go.

Inside tire wear might be wheel to loose, or alignment problem like a bent spindle.

Trailer brakes lock in reverse may be a brake controller incorrectly connected. Some controllers disable brakes when in reverse to improve low speed backing up. That line may be connected to a hot line in error.--Frank S
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Old 05-23-2006, 06:59 PM   #16
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Can someone help me figure why my brakes lock tight when I put TV in reverse?? Brakes work as advertised in forward gears and neutral.

I have to disconnect trailer to back it up.
Sounds like the backup light circuit is also hooked up to yout brakes.

Could be nothing more than one strand of wire touching the brake circuit.

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Old 05-23-2006, 08:12 PM   #17
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Just how tight do you adjust the wheel bearings after packing?
I used the old hand snug then back off 1/4-1/2 turn method.
What is proper method?

My left tire is wearing significantly on the inside after 3600 miles. The right tire is fine. Could this be bearings loose?

If the axle was tweaked I would expect both tires to show wear.

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I think without a torque wrench and the right torque settings you would need you would not know. Another good way to tell is if you have tightened them enough. You would have to have the wheel off ground tighten the lugs and see if the wheel wobles when you try to pull on it side to side.
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Old 05-23-2006, 08:18 PM   #18
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Can someone help me figure why my brakes lock tight when I put TV in reverse?? Brakes work as advertised in forward gears and neutral.

I have to disconnect trailer to back it up.
Check that the backup lights and the brake wire are not crossed. In my case this was not the problem, the PO had drilled the frame rail that the cable rann in and drilled the cable shorting the wires together, a real mess.
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That's what is odd. The brakes work as they should...as long as I am going forward or in neutral. Somehow I am getting voltage (from backup lights0 when I put the TV in reverse.
Hmm...I'll get out the volt meter and check whats where
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