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    Brake Adjustment

    Could someone tell me which direction to adjust the star wheel on the brakes? Does it adjust out from top to bottom or from bottom to top? Or can it be diff. on each wheel? My brakes don't have the stopping power they used to have. I was going to pull a hub and see but I would have to pull the bearings and all. I'm to lazy to do that. Thanks!
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    If they are like car drum brakes it will be different from the left side to the right side. It will be the same adjuster setup just flipped over so the direction will be opposite.
    I have a copy of the Lippert Axle manual and it does not specify what direction the sides go.
    So just try one while your are spinning the wheel and feel if it feels like it is starting to drag.
    If you are having stopping problems you might want to pull the drums and inspect the linings first. Make sure they are not severly worn.
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    Dale, one more thing to think about is, if you have been using the Zerc's to grease your wheel bearings, you may have pumped too much grease in and contaminated you brake drums. Pulling the drums may not be such a bad idea.
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    First you should have the tire off the ground and find a large piece of cardboard box to lay on!, then adjust the star up or down till you feel the brakes draging and continue till you can not rotate the wheel by hand. Then back off the adjuster 3-6 clicks or till the brakes drag ever so slightly.
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    Not to disagree with detmer but I think both side are adjusted the same. The hardware on automotive drum brakes are opposite because the leading and rear shoe are different and the self adjusting hardware is reversed. The adjusting nut for one side is different than the other.
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    Remove the brake adjuster slot plug and shine a flashlight into the hole, look at the adjuster thread pattern to determine direction to adjust brakes. Expanding the adjuster tightens the brakes.

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    There must me a reason, but why arn't trailer drum brakes self-adjusting like most cars and trucks?
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    Most likely a money issue. I am wondering if someone does make a kit for self adjusting brakes for RV's. If so, I would put them on mine. Bob
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    When I had my maintenance done I notices that they checked the trailer brakes after greasing the wheel bearings, but I am not sure if they were actually adjusted. Do they always need adjusting per lets say 10,000 miles?
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    Self-adjusting brakes would not be practical for RV's because to adjust the brakes you need to back up and tap the brakes which causes the self-adjuster to adjust the brakes. Backing up an RV to do that might cause problems. Inspection of the brakes should always be done at the time the brakes are adjusted to see if there are any other issues which might cause the need for the adjustments such as excessive wear, grease on linings etc.
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