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Troubleshooting Dragging and Overheating Disc Brakes on Trailer  


I have a 04 Prestige 250 twin axle trailer w/GDC 100 actuator. my disc brakes are dragging causing the brakes to overheat. after 15 miles in traffic,you cant touch the hubs, and you can smell them I can move the actuator in an out by hand although difficult How do I correct this, or is this normal?


Helpful Expert Reply:

Your trailer's disc brakes will certainly warm up with use but the type of dragging and heat you're describing is definitely not normal. When this type of problem occurs it's typically the result of a bad brake caliper on one or more of the assemblies.

I recommend removing the caliper and rotor and taking the pads out from the caliper for inspection. If you find they are in need of replacement I will be happy to make a specific recommendation if you can tell me the brand and weight capacity of your brake assemblies. I have also attached a link that will take you to our complete selection of replacement caliper parts that you can look through.

If this does not resolve the issue or the calipers look fine please let me know and we can continue to troubleshoot.

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Chris R

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