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Old 08-26-2013, 07:35 AM   #15
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Originally Posted by Skater View Post
Sounds like they just rusted - car brakes do this, too: the first time you hit them, they'll grab a bit more than usual until the rust is cleared. I always test mine and haven't had what you experience. At low speed (under 5 mph), I just casually move the slider over until I feel them engage. From then on, I know the truck will warn me if it loses the connection to the brakes.

FYI, in rain/wet conditions, you'll want to reduce that setting, too. The last thing you want is for those trailer brakes to lock up, because it can end with the trailer jackknifing.
If trailer brakes lock up trailer will not jacknife but if tv locks up & no trailer brakes look out trailer will jacknife.

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Old 08-28-2013, 06:13 AM   #16
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Water on the brake shoes can cause all sorts of issues with locking as well. Grease contamination can cause locking problems. Disk brakes can loose all braking force when they get wet depending on how they are designed. Drum brakes are real sensitive to changes in the friction between the shoe and the drum. The way drum brakes work is they self amplify as the frictional forces slam the shoe harder into the drum when the shoe touches the drum. If there is too much friction they lockup. If there is not enough friction so they don't work very well. I had a problems with some cheap shoes I put on my truck. The brakes would lock when you used them. Changing to a higher grade of shoe fixed the problem.


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Old 08-28-2013, 06:23 AM   #17
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Originally Posted by featherbedder View Post
If trailer brakes lock up trailer will not jacknife but if tv locks up & no trailer brakes look out trailer will jacknife.
I was thinking if the trailer brakes lock up, the trailer can slide side-to-side relatively easily, so if the truck is slowing down, it's kind of a free-for-all on what's going to happen next. Nothing good, for sure. I'm not planning to test and find out.

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