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etrailer Uni-Servo Free Backing Hydraulic Brake Kit Installation

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How to Install the etrailer Uni-Servo Free Backing Hydraulic Brake Kit

Speaker 1: Today we're gonna be taking a look at the hydraulic brake kit U-Servo 00:00:02 free backing 12 inch left and right hand brake assemblies for five and a half thousand to seven thousand pounds. That's gonna be part number AKFBBRK-7.So here's what our brake assembly's gonna look like. The biggest benefit to our brake assembly here is that it is an entire assembly. We're not gonna have to worry about getting the hardware kit, a wheel cylinder, or anything else. As well as putting on the pads, they are hydraulic brake assemblies, which means they're gonna work with surge-type brake actuators.What's nice about these assemblies is that they have a free backing design. And what that means is, it's gonna let you back up without engaging the brakes, even if the actuator is activated.The fall-away brake shoe is only gonna anchor on the drum when the brakes are engaged, as the trailer is moving forward.The pads are gonna be fully bonded into the shoes and not riveted, which means that they're gonna give it a longer life and more of a bite on those brakes.The tapered edge at the bottom of our pad is gonna help prevent any kind of cracking and crumbling that can lead to a mechanical lock-up.Our brake assemblies are gonna have a fine tooth adjustment gear, and that's gonna allow us to fine tune our brakes, but it is a manual adjustment, so we are gonna have to check our brakes and adjust them periodically.There is gonna be a plug on the back that's gonna help keep out all the dirt and debris from getting inside, and this is right where we're gonna make our adjustments at.Now, the mounting flange bolt pattern is gonna be a five bolt, and it's gonna fit wheels 14 1/2, 15, 16, and 16 1/2 inch.Our brake assembly is gonna work with axles that are rated at 5,200, 6,000, and 7,000 pounds.Now, this is gonna include the left and right hand assemblies, so to start out, we're gonna go ahead and remove our drums so we can pull off this cap.

Just take a rubber mallet, and we're gonna tap it until it can come off. Put the cap aside for now. Now, on the top of the nut here, we're gonna clean some of the grease off, because there's gonna be a retaining clip that's holding it in place. Just take a shop towel and wipe off some of the excess grease so we can find that retaining clip.You're gonna want to grab a flathead screwdriver. There's gonna be a tab that's gonna be in between the two channels here, on the nut itself.

We're gonna bend that tab down, so that we can actually turn the nut and take it off. Now, you want to be careful, because our brake assembly is not gonna come with a retaining nut or washer, so you want to keep this hardware so we can re-install it.Next, we're gonna grab a pair of channel locks and we're gonna grab the nut and just loosely turn it so it'll unlock it. Then we can take it off by hand the rest of the way.Then we can pull off that retaining plate. We're gonna pull this off and set it aside, and then if you need to, again, grab a flathead screwdriver and we're gonna pull that washer off that's right behind it. So we're gonna grab the back of the hub, slowly pull it back, and we'll set the hub aside, as well.So what's gonna be holding our assembly in place is gonna be these nuts right here.

There's gonna be a total of five of them going around the axle shaft. We're gonna be using a 9/16 socket to remove them. Now, again, you want to hold onto the hardware that comes off, because our new brake assembly is not gonna come with hardware.And with the hardware removed, we are gonna have one last point that we're gonna have to pull off before we can pull the assembly out, and that's gonna be right here, where the brake line is actually attached.You need to tilt the assembly out so you can get a wrench in there to loosen that fitting.So we can take our new assembly. We're gonna slide it over the studs. Then we can reinstall those lock washers and nuts back in place.Just gonna put these in there hand tight for now, and then we can come back and tighten them all down.

With all the bolts in hand tight, I'm gonna come back and I'm gonna torque them down.So with this brake assembly in place, we're gonna go ahead and repeat that for the other remaining positions.And that will finish up your look at the hydraulic brake kit for the left and right hand side. And that's gonna be part number AKFBBRK-7.

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