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komodo

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Posted: 04/10/13 09:28am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

On my Rookwood HW277, tent trailer, I have AL-KO Hub and drum brakes.

I would like to inspect the brakes now and then. Does anyone know the procedure to do this?

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To inspect the brakes you have to pull the drums. They last a surprisingly long time though.


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Posted: 04/10/13 09:40am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Yes, you have to pull the drums in order to get to brake assemble.

HERE is a link to Al-KO Website. From there you can click on your particular brake assemble for an exploded view of hub & parts list.

You can check operation of brakes by jacking one wheel up, grab top/bottom of tire and wiggle it (check for any movement) then spin wheel (should be slight drag from brake shoes) and pull the pin on emergency brake switch (while giving the wheel a really good spin..have helper pull pin.....brakes should engage/wheel STOP----need good charged trailer battery)


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My supervisor inspects my BREAKS on a daily basis. I have a mechanic inspect my brakes.

Sorry had too, couldn't help it, please forgive me.


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Terryallan wrote:

My supervisor inspects my BREAKS on a daily basis. I have a mechanic inspect my brakes.

Sorry had too, couldn't help it, please forgive me.


Thank you, it’s corrected.

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Unless you are not traveling much or have sealed bearings, bearings need to be serviced/inspected/repacked yearly this includes those that have greaseable hubs.Brakes are checked at the same time.

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ScottG wrote:

To inspect the brakes you have to pull the drums. They last a surprisingly long time though.


I tried to remove the drums to have a look at the brakes but was unable to remove them. I always thought that you simply pull on the drums and out they come. But not knowing this model I did not want to take a chance and break something.

Is there something special about these drums?






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I am getting ready to replace bearings and seals on mine so happened to be doing some research on procedure and parts needed.
These do not work the way automotive brakes do you have to remove the castle nut holding them on first.
If you have ever pulled off drum brakes you will find they can be a bit "reluctant". If they have some age and the brakes have worn a ridge inside the drum they may have to be loosened up first before you have to pry them off. The procedure from Dexter http://l.b5z.net/i/u/6149609/f/Instruction_Sheets/059-726-00A.pdf

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