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CAUTION WARNING: If any of the following problems develop, stop immediately and take proper corrective action before putting the trailer back into service.

PROBLEM: Squeaking, Clatter or Chucking

Probable Cause Remedy
Hitch ball requires lubrication. Lubricate with conventional automotive grease or commercial lubricant made for hitch balls.
Linkage and pivots on the brake actuator require lubrication. Oil linkage and pivots on brake actuator.
Loose hitch ball. Inspect hitch ball and tighten.
Loose hitch. Inspect hitch and tighten
Loose brake actuator. Inspect brake actuator and tighten.
Hitch ball worn or too small. Replace.
Overheated brakes. Replace wheel bearing.
Broken brake drum(s). Replace brake drum(s) and check brake shoes.
Low brake fluid level. Fill and bleed brakes.
Worn out shock absorber. Replace.
Partial application of breakaway cable. Fully release breakaway cable.
Brakes improperly adjusted. Check brakes for adjustment (Page 3).
Broken return spring. Replace return spring.
Seized actuator master cylinder. Replace/rebuild actuator master cylinder.
Worn out brake shoes. Replace brake shoes and check brake drums.
Leaky wheel cylinder. Replace/rebuild wheel cylinders and replace brake-shoes. Clean drums and other hardware.
Leaky wheel bearing grease seal. Pack wheel bearings and replace wheel bearing grease seal and wheel bearings. Clean drums and other hardware.

 

PROBLEM: Release Handle does not Close Easily

Probable Cause Remedy
Oversize ball. Check ball size.
Ball not fully inserted into socket. Check for proper ball size. Check to see if tongue jack is fully retracted. Hold release handle open when inserting ball.
Foreign material in actuator. Clean and lubricate.

 

PROBLEM: Brake Overheating, Side pull, Brakes do not Operate or Poor Brake Performance

Probable Cause Remedy
Only one brake is applying. Check brake adjustment.
Leaking wheel cylinder. Replace wheel cylinder and bleed brakes.
Seized wheel cylinder piston. Rebuild/replace wheel cylinder and bleed system.
Foreign material in brake unit. Clean thoroughly.
Low hydraulic fluid level. Fill and bleed brakes.
A bent shoulder bolt. Replace.
A bent push rod in the shock absorber. Replace.
A damaged socket assembly. Replace.
Broken or pinched brake line(s). Replace.
Brake actuator frame damaged. Replace actuator.


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