any tips on replacing trailer brakes?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by grass disaster, Sep 2, 2010.

  1. grass disaster

    grass disaster LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,774


    i had one seize up and they are down to nothing.

    they are greasable.

    what should i replace new? i think the bearings are good???
  2. Mark Oomkes

    Mark Oomkes LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 15,290

    Replace the entire backing plate vs new parts and hardware. Cheaper and less aggravation.

    Clean and repack the bearings while you're in there. Cheap preventative maintenance.
  3. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,558

    If you get the entire backplate be aware there is a left and a right side assembly.
  4. wilbilt

    wilbilt LawnSite Member
    Messages: 66

    Would just replace the shoes and springs here in sunny, rust-free California. After thoroughly cleaning the backing plate and lubing the contact points.

    In the rust belt, might as well replace the whole thing (assuming you can get the bolts out).
  5. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    the entire assembly is 45 per wheel at my local dealer and was cheaper than just buying shoes and magnet

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