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Old 05-13-2017, 09:18 PM   #1
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Trailer brakes on 19

Could someone inform me about my 2016 Escape 19 brakes. Are they self-adjusting ? I'm heading out on Tuesday and am going through the escape manual but haven't found the definitive answer. Do I have to get dirty and check the adjustment myself??
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Old 05-13-2017, 09:48 PM   #2
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They require adjustment. If you are handy at all a brake adjustment isn't hard. Jack up a wheel using your favorite method- don't place a jack under the axle. I like the Trailer Aid, although you can shim up a "normal" ramp to get the other wheel enough in the air to spin. Then crawl underneath with a large flatblade screw driver. There are two slots on the back of the hub. The one towards the rear has the star wheel. Click it up until it stops then back it off 7 clicks. May need a flashlight to see better.

When it is time for brakes will upgrade to Nev R Adjust; a mere $10 more than a standard backing plate which has the whole assembly. Hardly any more $ than just replacing the shoes and a lot easier.
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:14 PM   #3
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Thanks Rossue, I'll be on that in the morning. The manual for Dexter axle does say that most of their 12 1/4 " brakes have a self adjusting feature. I guess I won't know for sure until I get under there. Thanks again
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Old 05-13-2017, 10:21 PM   #4
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The brakes on the 3500 #10 Torflex are 10". When you spin the wheel after adjustment you should feel some drag from the magnets.
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Old 05-13-2017, 11:31 PM   #5
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Simply Google "adjusting electric trailer brakes" and you will come up with all sorts of how to videos.
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Old 05-14-2017, 01:33 AM   #6
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With any luck, the trailer came with a manual for the axle, but even if not it is available online from Dexter Axle:
Light Duty 600-8K Complete Service Manual (LIT-001-00), or just
Light Duty Electric Brakes (adjustment is on page 13).

You should have Torflex #10 axles with standard (not self-adjusting, no parking feature) 10" x 2" electric drum brakes. The parts are all shown in the catalog.

Whether is it you, someone you pay, or a handy friend or relative, someone is doing the adjustment manually.
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:21 AM   #7
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Brakes

Here's my take, adjusting your own brakes builds character, uses muscles you haven't used for a while, gives you a chance to inspect the belly of your Escape, gives you a sense of accomplishment, and saves you money. Then when done, you have a reason to reward yourself. I like a brake adjusting tool over a screwdriver. About $6 at any good auto parts store. YMMV as Donna says.
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Old 05-14-2017, 08:43 AM   #8
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Here's my take, adjusting your own brakes builds character, uses muscles you haven't used for a while, gives you a chance to inspect the belly of your Escape, gives you a sense of accomplishment, and saves you money. Then when done, you have a reason to reward yourself. I like a brake adjusting tool over a screwdriver. About $6 at any good auto parts store. YMMV as Donna says.
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Old 05-14-2017, 11:10 AM   #9
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Here's my take, adjusting your own brakes builds character, uses muscles you haven't used for a while, gives you a chance to inspect the belly of your Escape, gives you a sense of accomplishment, and saves you money. Then when done, you have a reason to reward yourself. I like a brake adjusting tool over a screwdriver. About $6 at any good auto parts store. YMMV as Donna says.
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With such a rah-rah endorsement for doing your own brakes it makes me want to rush out and do mine. No, wait, I just did them last week.

I agree, a brake adjusting tool is better than a screwdriver.

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Old 05-14-2017, 11:20 AM   #10
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With such a rah-rah endorsement for doing your own brakes it makes me want to rush out and do mine. No, wait, I just did them last week.

I agree, a brake adjusting tool is better than a screwdriver.

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heck..don't even own a trailer yet but after reading Dave's post..it makes one want to run down the street screwdriver in hand and find a neighbors trailer to learn to do it on!
might even spring for the brake adjusting tool before getting the trailer..you can never have enough tools!
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