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Troubleshooting Trailer Surge Actuator that Slides All the Way In Without Much Braking Power

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I have disc brakes with titan model 60. It does slide all the way in with little braking it seems, Should this unit bottom out like this or is the master cyclinder leaking by,, Thanks

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Sounds like you have some air bubbles in the brake lines of your trailer and the system needs to be bled and topped off. Or you have a leak and would need to track and down and repair it.

We happen to have a video on the proper procedure for bleeding trailer brakes. I have attached the video below as well as outline the method here for you.

First top off the master cylinder with appropriate fluid. Next you will want to pump the fluid from the master cylinder. You can do this by unbolting the plate that holds the lever in place and then use that lever to actuate the master cylinder and force the fluid through. On some units, you will have to manually activate it at the point where the hitch ball moves in and out. The model in the video has a lever underneath the unit you could use to actuate it.

Next, find the bleeder valve and open it. Take a rubber hose and slide it onto the bleeder itself and run the other end to a clear container. Using a clear container will allow you to see if any air bubbles rise up during the process. No bubbles means no air and that the system is full of just fluid.

Start on the wheel cylinder closest to the T where it splits off. When you get clear fluid running out through your bleeder valve and no bubbles, you can go ahead and pull it back and hold it there and then shut off the bleeder valve. Continue from the closest wheel cylinder to the T and work your way back to front if you have a dual or triple axle trailer.

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