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How to Initially Adjust the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brakes


I.m trying to do the manual adjust, but theres a 1/2 inch flat lever in the way. I assume thats the auto adjust lever. do I really need to manual adjust? How many brake applicationd should it take to do the auto adj. instead? Thanks


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The Dexter Nev-R-Adjust electric trailer brakes can be manually adjusted. There are a couple teeth of the adjustment wheel that are exposed just under the lever that you referenced. I have attached a photo showing the teeth. You will likely need a tool with a fine edge such as a flat head screw driver for the adjustment wheel on these brakes. A brake adjustment tool may be too thick.

Without an initial manual adjustment, it could take a few braking attempts to adjust the brakes. I was talking with one of my installers and he said, if it will not create a dangerous situation, a few hard braking attempts is a good way to adjust the brakes. Have the truck and trailer on a fairly smooth and level surface, slowly accelerate to no more than 20 mph, then step on the brakes.

If the brakes seem like they need to be adjusted quite a bit, then manually adjusting them first would be best. This would get them closer to the correct adjustment and then a few braking attempts should finish the job.

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