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Old 12-23-2006, 10:45 AM   #15
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A REMOTE possiblity....

is that there was air in the system BEFORE the accident.... which would decrease the braking efficiency.

After the bleed - maybe they work as they are supposed too?

With the decreased gain, are they still grabby? If so, then disregard this info The braking performance should be smooth.

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Old 12-23-2006, 12:59 PM   #16
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agree that brake fluid on the pads may do this....

terry, i'm not sure the dexters take the same brake pads has the kodiaks?

michelle did you repeat the 'brake set up' procedure from your ford owners manual?

if they removed the actibrake unit, it seems like you would need to repeat the set up?

i'm fuzzy on this since it's been so long...but besides setting the gain isn't there a couple of 'hold the button' type steps for towcommand set up?

will look in my ford manual later....

no time for a test ride at the factory?

leaving with issues unresolved is a bummer and i've done that too....

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Michelle, if you want to pull off a wheel, you can always roll one wheel of the trailer up on a couple of 2x4's, and take the wheel off that is no longer on the ground, no jack needed.
Joe, I am not 100% on the Dexter, I have conflicting info on them, one source says the pads are the same, two others say different, all say they are standard automotive pads. If Michelle is willing to wait on A/S that is best, but if she has to be someplace before they can get to her, she will have to tackle it herself. If she has to do it herself, the more info she has the better, I am going to keep trying to find definitive info on pad part number, it would be a help to everyone with Dexters.
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Okay, I just checked with Dexter, and the 3500 pound brakes use the same pads as the Kodiaks. Depending on which pad you choose, the Napa number is AE7070AR, Wagner should be MX7070AR for semi-metallic.
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:03 PM   #19
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I may have to buy a cheap creeper tomorrow. I took a quick look underneath saw the disks but could not see the calipers.

I made a appt at the local Ford Dealer to Check the Toe Command system next Wednesday. Will let you know how it turns out. There is a dealer kinda on the way to the can opener. I am going to call them next Tuesday. I also called AS of Spokane this evening. His take. Have the Tow Command checked out.
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I considered it. I asked several people at the factory. Thier respose was air would delay the onset of braking but the ultimate braking force would be the same once the air was compressed.
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Cool Thanks,
I may just do that if the AS dealer off I75 is not much help.
I have enough tools to pull that off.
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Old 12-23-2006, 07:55 PM   #22
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Hi, Michelle,

I hope the Airstream dealer in Jacksonville helps you. Every time I called them and told them what trailer I had, they were suddenly booked up MONTHS ahead. You will fare better, I hope, with a new trailer.

A creeper and me won't fit under my 31'. I found that out soon after parking it for the first time on its new 34x11 concrete pad.

Of course, you may not (I hope not) be as thick as I am in certain dimensions, but I still think it won't fit.

Good luck!

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Old 12-23-2006, 08:01 PM   #23
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I called the Jacksonville Dealer "Dick Gore" this morning. They are no longer a dealer. My next best bet is Sanders in Alachua, Fl off I-75 about 2 hours from here.
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good info terry, thanks for finding those part numbers....

really the simplest way to inspect the discs, is roll one wheel onto a ramp and remove the other...

michelle, i still think you need to reset the tow command as if brand new....

paraphrasing the manual...

'set the controller at 6 and in a safe/low traffic area go 20-25mph....

activate brakes with the manual-hand lever only...

if the wheels lock up, reduce gain and repeat, until set just under 'lock up'

this is done without using the brake pedal....

then try braking with the pedal...

while i think it's a great idea to go to the ford and a/s dealer (if they know anything about disc brakes),

this sure might save you a trip or two...

one last thought...

is it possible a/s reprogramed your actibrake controller board with the wrong program?
isn't there 2 versions depending the ford year?

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I called the Jacksonville Dealer "Dick Gore" this morning. They are no longer a dealer. My next best bet is Sanders in Alachua, Fl off I-75 about 2 hours from here.
There is always the not-so-authorized Airstream service center in extreme south Florida, also off I-75. Napa is two blocks away, and they are used to my weekend expeditions... And if you don't like that, we do have an Airstream dealer here, too.
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Terry,
Just how tall does this something have to be to ge tire off the ground. I went out this morning and my right rear looked real low. I retrieved the pressure gauge out of the truck and it was under 20 lbs! She is flat!
So do I need 6 inches or more to get the rear tire up off the ground.
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Old 12-24-2006, 03:16 PM   #27
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I have a 2006 ford f350 and had trouble with my 2007 Airstream brakes bringing it home from the dealer. I was actually smokeingthe brakes bringing it to a stop at the toll plaza . I backed off on the controller but it still felt like it was pulling the truck to a stop. I called Acubrake and they told me that the Ford controller was incompatable with the brake actuator.They said that they had recently corrected the software and sent me a new( but different Actuator) that would correct the problem.
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Craftsman,
I was not having problems with my setup until after I retireved it from the factory. They said they only bleed the brakes after replacing the the box that contained the actibrake.
My 06 F-250 is a mid to later in the year truck. I will call them Tuesday since AS is closed all week. I have an appt with Ford on Wednesday.
Which one the old one and which one is the new?
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