Frozen Brakes

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Pete B.'s Comment
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A 3lb short-handle sledgehammer works great as well for releasing stuck brakes; I once picked up a trailer in warm weather that had been sitting for many a fortnight, and ALL the brakes were stuck.

Rainy 's Comment
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Laying down in two feet deep snow to tap my brakes with a hammer cured my absent mindedness.

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I paid a Loves worker $20 to use the snow plow to plow the front of my truck and my door....he went around my whole truck, poured windex on all of my tires and tapped my brakes "just in case". lol He then wrote down my truck number and thanked me. He said he would take care of me whenever he saw me.

$20 must be worth a lot more in Indiana then New Jersey. lol

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Laying down in two feet deep snow to tap my brakes with a hammer cured my absent mindedness.

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I paid a Loves worker $20 to use the snow plow to plow the front of my truck and my door....he went around my whole truck, poured windex on all of my tires and tapped my brakes "just in case". lol He then wrote down my truck number and thanked me. He said he would take care of me whenever he saw me.

$20 must be worth a lot more in Indiana then New Jersey. lol

LOL, he just thought you were cute.

Half Pint's Comment
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Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

Yep, the shoes freeze to the drum, so you release the brakes, and tap on them to break them loose.

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Half Pint's Comment
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Thanks Grumpy!

G-Town's Comment
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Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

Since you are only attempting to free the trailer brakes, there is no need to chock the wheels. Leave the tractor brake set, only release trailer brakes.

Perfectly safe and absolutely frightening that a trainer didn’t know this leading up to narrowly escaping being run over by his own trailer.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

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Since you are only attempting to free the trailer brakes, there is no need to chock the wheels. Leave the tractor brake set, only release trailer brakes.

Perfectly safe and absolutely frightening that a trainer didn’t know this leading up to narrowly escaping being run over by his own trailer.

I assumed they were all frozen. The tractor brakes don't freeze?

G-Town's Comment
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Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

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Since you are only attempting to free the trailer brakes, there is no need to chock the wheels. Leave the tractor brake set, only release trailer brakes.

Perfectly safe and absolutely frightening that a trainer didn’t know this leading up to narrowly escaping being run over by his own trailer.

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I assumed they were all frozen. The tractor brakes don't freeze?

On occasion. Had it happen a couple of times. More likely for a trailer if it’s been sitting for a while.

Grumpy Old Man's Comment
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Good thread.

I'm guessing we chock the wheels because we have to release the brakes before we tap them?

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Since you are only attempting to free the trailer brakes, there is no need to chock the wheels. Leave the tractor brake set, only release trailer brakes.

Perfectly safe and absolutely frightening that a trainer didn’t know this leading up to narrowly escaping being run over by his own trailer.

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I assumed they were all frozen. The tractor brakes don't freeze?

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On occasion. Had it happen a couple of times. More likely for a trailer if it’s been sitting for a while.

Good to know. At least I'm learning stuff while I'm stuck sitting waiting to go back to school. :)

I was assuming it was due to brakes getting hot, shutting down and condensation forming as they cooled and freezing.

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