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WD brakes

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03-16-1999 19:54:22

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i have a 50 WD and one brake holds a little and the other does not hold. could someone give me a quick course on how to fix the brakes? where do you check the brake shoes?

i know where the inspection plates are.

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Dave Fullmer (TN)

03-17-1999 13:14:31

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 Re: WD brakes in reply to tommy, 03-16-1999 19:54:22  
The small covers on the top of the rear axle housings cover the brakes. There are 2 screws on the back side of the housing that adjust brake pressure. It is real hard to describe with out you having some pictures or a manual. You really should buy an IT manual if you want to service your tractor. A manual can help you figure out just what is needed and also can help you figure out whether a job might be within your skill level. They can be bought for less than $25.

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Jerry M.

03-17-1999 17:13:09

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 Re: Re: WD brakes in reply to Dave Fullmer (TN), 03-17-1999 13:14:31  
Just a clarification. The screws (bolts) on the back side of the housing do not adjust the brake pressure. They balance the brake shoe to drum clearance when the brake is released. The nut on top of the brake assembly under the cover adjusts the brake pedal travel. They should be adjusted so that the left and right brakes are evenly applied when you push both pedals with one foot and the brake lock can be applied and hold a heavy application of the brakes. At this time you can then adjust the balance screws on the back side of the housing. Do this by applying the and releasing the brake and watching the movement of the front and rear shoe. Adjust the balance screw (with the brake pedal released) so that both shoes move the same amount.

You should be able to see the brake lining on the shoe to determine how much lining material is left. Make sure they are not worn down to the rivets. This will score the brake drums. Looks to me like a lot of work to replace the drums.

Hope this helps.

Jerry M.

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Gordon Chance

03-17-1999 17:36:43

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 Re: Re: Re: WD brakes in reply to Jerry M., 03-17-1999 17:13:09  
Jerry: You are 100% right about the balance screws and how they are adjusted and yes, it is a lot of work to replace the drums. Gordon

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