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Old 10-06-2003, 07:16 PM   #1
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Angry Wheel lockup

After turning onto the gravel road which led to the campground, the left wheel locked up. Backed up, did no good. Unplugged the connector, no help. Finally dragged it to the CG which was less that a quarter mile down the road. Put a heck of a furrow in the road.

Repair person found the whole wheel to be tight - couldn't turn it. He went to the breakaway switch, wiggled it and the wheel freed up. Both shoes were loose and the adjuster was in several pieces. Springs were broken. The tire was ruined.

No agreement that the breakaway switch was at fault. If it was the problem, why did it affect only the one side? Local AS dealer hasn't a clue. Any ideas? Could broken springs have been the cause?

New shoes, adjuster, and springs made it good as new. Will have the other side checked this week.
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Old 10-06-2003, 08:44 PM   #2
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A spring or the adjuster failed. It is recommended that all brake parts be replaced, as a regular maintanence item, every 39 years.

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Old 10-07-2003, 12:52 AM   #3
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May also want to check your brake controller settings. I have experienced issues where a wheel would lock up - and it was because there was too much tension being dialed in from the brake controller in the cab (and or plug not securely pushed in)....
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