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Old 07-12-2019, 08:55 PM   #1
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Rear brake scraping

At the 7k mark of 9k down forest roads to our campsite we started hearing squealing/scrapping from the rear right brake drum. When we arrived at the site I popped the wheel off and confirmed its scrapping as I spun the wheel but I wasn’t able to figure out how to get the drum off. Any clues on the possible cause? I’m going to try to get a mobile mechanic here tomorrow to look at it but I was hoping it would be something easy I could resolve.
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Old 07-12-2019, 09:06 PM   #2
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If you can spin the wheel I think it isn't an immediate concern. If the brake drum is too hot to touch after driving down the highway then it is a concern.
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On the backside of the wheel hub there should be a rubber plug near the bottom. That is the access for the brake adjustment star wheel. You can insert a screw driver to click the adjustment wheel up or down to loosen the brakes.

If you really need to remove the drum you have to remove the cap at the end of the axle to expose the cutter pin. Remove the pin, unscrew the spindle nut, slide off the outer bearing, and pull off the drum.

But, I think you should try turning the brake adjustment wheel before resorting to removing the drum. Or, do nothing for now until you can feel that the drum is hot.
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Depending on the age of the trailer and the backing plate design, there may well be two brake adjusting slots. So only one has a star wheel in there. You’ll find it easily enough. After you remove the hub cap, you might have a castle nut with a cotter key or you might have to pry off the spring clip. Then when you pull out on the drum , the thrust washer and outer bearing may fall out have some newspaper or cardboard on the ground to catch them. Once the drum is off you’ll be able to look the shoes and magnet over.
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Suggest somebody advise how to put it all back together.
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If you think that sounds complicated read the instructions to replace a Seiki screen cartridge replacement.
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It could be something as simple as a small rock that found it's way into the drum. Other possibilities could be a broken spring or a rusty drum rubbing against a backing plate.
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What I want to know is why anyone would drive 9,000 miles down a forest road?
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Suggest somebody advise how to put it all back together.
In the sage words of my father, “only take apart one side at a time.”
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