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Old 09-06-2015, 11:12 AM   #31
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Go to the top of the forum page and select Files. Then select Manuals and then Dexter axle service manual. You might want to read the manual. On page 5 you will see a picture of the brake assembly. At the bottom of the assembly the star wheel on the left bottom is the adjuster you need to turn. The star adjuster is below the oval openings stamped in the bottom of the backing plate. The star adjuster is retained by friction from the bottom spring. The adjuster may be in the front slot or rear slot depending on how the axle was installed. Rotate the star wheel to determine the direction necessary for extending and retracting the adjuster.Since the Dexter axles do not have plugs installed by ETI in the adjustments slots buy some at you local auto parts store. The bumps referred to earlier are teeth on the star wheel.
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Old 09-06-2015, 11:31 AM   #32
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Mine looks like this. Sorry it's not a better picture. It's the oblong holes, definitely, and on my left rear wheel, the adjusting "wheel" is accessed through the rightmost hole (toward the front of the trailer). It doesn't look so much like a wheel as it does a long cylinder (bolt? threaded in places) with bumps on it. You grab the edge of a bump with your brake tool or screwdriver and use the edge of the oblong hole to lever the bump up or down, thereby (slowly) turning the cylinder.

Don't know if this helps, but I'm trying.... you can see the edge of one of the bumps right in the center of the rightmost hole in the pic.
Hello drpaddle,
Thank you for taking time to help me out. The pictures are excellent. The second pic shows me what to look and feel for. Will get on the job and report back.

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Old 09-06-2015, 11:34 AM   #33
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Hello Jubal,
Thank you for pointing me to the Dexter axle mannual. I will definite check it out. I appreciated your help.

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Old 09-06-2015, 12:03 PM   #34
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Since the Dexter axles do not have plugs installed by ETI in the adjustments slots buy some at you local auto parts store. The bumps referred to earlier are teeth on the star wheel.
Geez, by the time I've finished my Sunday morning coffee you guys have already dished out some excellent advice. Probably helpful to others also. It's one of things that if you've never done it before you're kind of hesitant to do. But, once you've done it once and see how easy it is, you don't think about paying someone to do it for you.

I was surprised by the no plugs situation. Seems kind of shoddy to me not to provide them.

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Old 09-06-2015, 12:15 PM   #35
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I was surprised, too, not to find plugs (I bought some from eTrailer). I asked Reace about it and he said Dexter used to supply plugs with the brake kits but stopped doing so a while back. I bought some just to limit the amount of road gunk that could get in there and gum things up.
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Old 09-06-2015, 01:55 PM   #36
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I too am a big believer in the dust plugs. Got to help I would think. I have them on the 2010, whether they were still standard then or an aftermarket install by AZJack. Used to sell them in the gas station. They were on a piece of hard cardboard and cost about a dime back in the day. Course a candy bar was a nickel then too. Pictures and info is excellent. Listen for the sproing , you can do it!
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Reporting back on brake adjusting.
Bingo! I did it by following the posted instructions. It was not hard. I did not adjust it too tight, still can hear the light rubbing sound. drpaddle's photo showing the adjusting wheel was most helpful. Of course, I could not find it first without his photo because I did not know what it looked like. Jubal 's suggestion to check with Dexter Axle Serviceanual was also very valuable info. I am so grateful to the forum member's help that I mastered one of the essential skills to maintain the the trailer as an owner. Being in health care all my life, I know very little about auto mechanics. It takes a TEAM (Together Everyone Achieves More). Thanks again for everyone 's help.

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Old 09-06-2015, 03:18 PM   #39
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I am so grateful to the forum member's help that I mastered one of the essential skills to maintain the trailer as an owner.
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Actually there is one other situation where it's handy to be able to adjust them. One my last trip one wheel started locking up on loose gravel. Backed it off a couple of clicks, perfect, and hasn't needed adjusting since.

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Old 09-06-2015, 04:48 PM   #40
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Ron,
Thanks for sharing how to unlock brakes. This is a very important info for the newbies in the forum.

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