Caravan brakes

Submitted: Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:08
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I have a caravan, tandem axle with electric brakes on all fou wheel and would like to know the proceedure to adjust the brakes? Or are they self adjusting?

Thank you
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Reply By: David N. - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:21

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 10:21
There's a small oval rubber grommet on the back of the backing plate. After removing this, with the wheel jacked up, you adjust the knurled knob with a suitable adjuster (an appropriately sized screwdriver will do)
by poking thru the hole like a lever. The idea is to adjust it just enough so that the wheel will spin freely with no brake drag evident. From memory, screwdriver handle going down (knurled nut up) tightens the brakes.

You can also remove the drum to do it but as this involves the hub bearings as well obviously that isn't the way to go.
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Reply By: herkman - Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 15:12

Tuesday, May 13, 2003 at 15:12
Before you do this, pull the brake drums off, and hose out all the garbage, it will prolong you linings life, allow the brakes to work better.

Also check the magnets are not coming loose. Loose magnets can jamb things up, and bend the axle stubs.

If you ring ALKO on 1800035603, they will post you a service manual, very helpfull people.


Col Tigwell
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Follow Up By: David N. - Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 08:54

Wednesday, May 14, 2003 at 08:54
Yes I agree- If the brakes have some decent miles on them it's worth looking inside and cleaning it up and removing dust etc. (hence water is a good idea- keeps the dust down)
Don't breath any dust in though- could easily have asbestos or other nasties in it.
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