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    Surge brakes adjustment

    Mine were shuttering just after they were applied. It would stop as soon as more pressure was put on them and seemed to work as usual as far as stopping power. Most parts including the master are only a couple of years old. Sound familiar anyone?

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    Re: Surge brakes adjustment

    Fella's, anybody got some ideas for me?

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    Re: Surge brakes adjustment

    Well I'm guessing you have drum brakes if you do then you just adjust the adjuster out more from the back of the inspection plate or until the drum just fits on. If you have disk brakes there's not any adjustment other than bleeding the air out of the system "IF" you have any in it. Make sure the slides that the pads slide on are well lubricated I like to use anti seeze because it doesn't wash away.

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    Re: Surge brakes adjustment

    Also sounds like you might have a drum or disk that is warped.

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    Re: Surge brakes adjustment

    the drums are probably out of round and need resurfaced

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    Re: Surge brakes adjustment

    OK thanks again gentlemen, I appreciate the input.

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    Re: Surge brakes adjustment

    Hookem - some good advice here, all good possibilities. Note that on hydraulic brake axles there is also an adjustment on the inside of each drum. Try jacking your trailer up, and spinning each wheel by hand. You should feel just a slight resistance when rolling the tire / wheel assy forward. You should feel no resistance when going in reverse, as you should have "free backing brakes". Should you feel no resistance or the resistance not be equal for each wheel, there is a cover on the inside of each drum that is a slotted wheel which is where the friction is adjusted. You should feel little resistance, but some should be present to insure that when your hydraulic actuator piston moves and fluid is equally pushed to each wheel that each wheel applies the brakes in a uniform fashion in respect to each other individual wheel.

    Next step is to check for any fluid leaks, loose lines, anyway air could have gotten into your system. The final and third possibility could be blown or degrated seals in your actuator itself. That is an easy fix with an inexpensive seal kit, and something that your 4 year old can do rather easily with little to no supervision.

    Hope this helps - good luck with it, and please let us know what you find.

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