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Old 07-30-2010, 08:49 PM   #1
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Smoking Brakes, Need Help

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My family and I are planing to leave tomorrow morning for NC from IA. We drove apx. 20 miles to stay with my folks and when we got here the wheels were smoking. I have just gotten our 1960 tradewind back together with new Dexter backing plates, shocks, tires, repacked bearings, and new seals. When I installed the new "self adjusting brakes" they seemed to just lightly touch the hubs so I thought they were good. We do have the trailer loaded with household things as we are moving and it weighed in at 3900 lbs. Is this the problem. Was there more adjustment required. How do I know the brakes are adjusted properly. Is 3900 lbs to much weight. Thanks for your help.
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Old 07-30-2010, 08:59 PM   #2
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Is there a right and left for those self adjusting brakes? If so, do you have them on the correct sides?

I know that on the older cars with self adjusting brakes, they adjusted when backing, so if assembled incorrectly, they would tighten up when applied moving forward.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:13 PM   #3
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There is the possibility, also, that the brake wire in the 7 connector plug had been incorrectly wired to the trailer plug. The Blue wire is usually the cause. Check this too.
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Old 07-30-2010, 09:16 PM   #4
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Start by jacking up the wheels to see if they spin freely. If they are locked you will have to back off the adjusters to get the brake drums off.
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Old 07-30-2010, 10:00 PM   #5
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I could be wrong, but I'll betcha a nickle you have the new backing plates switched side to side.
The adjusting rod or cable, which ever they use, should go to the rear shoe.
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Old 07-31-2010, 06:12 AM   #6
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The easiest way, for me at least, is that the actuating arm always faces forward on the trailer - highlighted in red here.....



Self-Adjustment Note: Nev-R-Adjust™ brakes will self adjust after a few stops. To burnish the new brakes in, apply the brakes 20 to 30 times from an initial speed of 40 mph slowing the vehicle to 20 mph. Allow the brake to cool before starting the next brake application. Burnishing takes away the high lining spots, high magnet spots and machining marks on the drum surface.
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Old 07-31-2010, 09:07 AM   #7
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Gentlemen, Thanks for your advice. Mr. Foster I believe I owe you a nickle.
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Forget the nickle. Hope you didn't ruin your new brake shoes.
Just glad to be of some help.
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Yikes --- but I feel better as I found I made the same mistake. I swapped the backing plates to the right sides and haven't found any damage done. Hope you are as lucky!

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