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Old 08-22-2009, 10:30 AM   #1
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Stud fell out

I noticed on my last trip out that the trailer would surge at slow speed and decided to check the brakes. On one of my RH brakes I found the stud that goes through the center of the magnet has fallen out and the magnet was bouncing in the drum causing the surge. I have all the parts, but the stud is a little worn on one side. The brakes and the magnet look fine.

How can I get the stud to stay in the brake arm?
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:36 AM   #2
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You take off the arm, and pien the pin so it stays in place. If you have a friend with a welder, they can tack it back in place as well. Are these the old round magnets?
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Old 08-22-2009, 10:46 AM   #3
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Yes they are the round magnets. How hard is it to pull the arm off?
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It's not hard at all. I'd suggest snapping a digital picture of the assembly before you start, so you can look back as a reference when reassembling.
There's only a couple of springs, the adjuster, the magnet and spring, and the arm the magnet goes on. And, of course, the shoes.
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Picture taken, part removed and welded. Now to reassemble.

Thanks Terry!
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I got it all back together yesterday. Having a brake tool to install the springs is a big help. Every time you do a new repair on the trailer, you get more tools, I think that is a vintage rule.

I took the trailer for a run this morning north on I-17 to Carefree Hwy. Stopped and checked the hubs for heat and they were fine. Drove back to my house and checked again.

Now we are ready to take her out next weekend. BTW the low speed lurching is completely gone and the brakes are working better then ever. I must have been running on 3 out of 4 for a while and the surge must have been from the 4th brake kicking in as the magnet got in the wrong place for a brief period of time.

Thanks to Terry for his advise and my neighbor Bill for the welder!
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