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alexey75

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Posted: 02/05/21 10:56am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I am looking to do a brakes maintenance next month, and looking for a ways to lift our TT (with 2 axles).

As alternative to use bottle jack (and placing a bunch of blocks under the jack), can I use tools like trailer aid plus or a few blocks under one wheel in order to remove the next wheel?

Won’t it be too much weight on one axle?
Is it a good practice?

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You'll be fine. That's how trailer owners install the spare when we get a flat. No need for a jack. Just drive one wheel up on blocks.

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That is a good way to adjust the brakes. You can easily get at adjuster, when nothing is in the way. IMO, it will not be too much wt on one axle! I've used my TA plus for this on several trailers, including my FW.

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"Just drive one wheel up on blocks."

Absolutely the easiest and safest way.


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It just means you will have to do the same thing four times instead of two and you will need to get the tow vehicle involved. I use a bottle jack and two jackstands and have plenty of room to adjust when the wheels are off. A cement block with a 2x on it brings the jack way up.


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I use a bottle jack and cribbing to do one side at a time with jackstands. In this pic there are also jackstands under the axle because I was replacing the shackle bushings and equalizers.

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If you going to pull the wheel and check the brakes, it's smart to re-grease the wheel bearings and also check the shacles and suspension parts. Many/most OEMs use very cheap components that wear out quickly.


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BurbMan wrote:

If you going to pull the wheel and check the brakes, it's smart to re-grease the wheel bearings and also check the shacles and suspension parts.


Here's a decent video on brakes and bearings


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BurbMan wrote:

I use a bottle jack and cribbing to do one side at a time with jackstands. In this pic there are also jackstands under the axle because I was replacing the shackle bushings and equalizers.

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If you going to pull the wheel and check the brakes, it's smart to re-grease the wheel bearings and also check the shacles and suspension parts. Many/most OEMs use very cheap components that wear out quickly.


Thanks guys!

BurbMan, what do you mean? “check the shacles and suspension parts”
Just to see it looks normal? Is there anything else to do/inspect during this work?
It will be my first time, I’ve planned to clean inside the drums and re-grease the bearings.

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The equalizer and spring bushings wear fairly quickly. Right now I am waiting for the rest of my bronze bushings to arrive so that when I take everything apart to swap the equalizer out for an Equa-Flex I can replace all the bushings to work with the new wet bolts all around.

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