Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit Installation

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How to Install the Dexter Nev-R-Adjust Electric Trailer Brake Kit


Speaker 1: Today we're going to be taking a look at the 10 inch Dexter Never Adjust electric trailer brake kit, for 3,500 pound axle, for the left and right hand side. It's going to be part number 23-468-469. It's also available individually for the left hand side using part number 23-468, and the right hand side, using part number 23-469. So here's what our brakes are going to look like once we have them installed. Now these are going to be a 10 inch diameter brake and be about 2-1/4 inches deep.Now one of the nicest things about these brakes is the fact that we're not going to have to adjust them, maybe the initial adjustment up front, but after that, they're going to be self adjusting. So wherever the brakes start wearing down, they're going to automatically adjust out, so they're at the right pressure.

And the fact that it's a whole assembly, it's going to be a lot easier than replacing each little spring or trying to just replace the shoes on your old assembly.The installation is going to be rather simple. We're going to take our old brakes off, or if we're adding new brakes, we're just going to push the brake assembly into place and we're going to have four nuts that we're going to put on the back of the studs. And then we'll just have two wires to hook up. Now our brake assembly is going to come as a kit. We're going to have the left and the right hand side.

They're going to come with all the mounting hardware as well as the plugs to go in the back, so we can make our initial adjustments.Compared to some of the other self adjusting brakes like the etrailer self adjusting brake kit, they're going to be almost identical. But the main big difference between the two of them is going to be the brake pads themselves. The Dexter is here, you can see on the edge where it's not exactly super clean, that's because when they manufacture these, they score them and then snap them. Whereas with the etrailer brand, they're going to be a nice clean cut because they're fully cut, instead of scored and snapped.Now overtime, these can cause a little bit more wear on the edges because it's not a super clean cut there, but Dexter is a well known brand, and they do offer a quality product. If you're comparing these two manual adjustment brakes, these are definitely going to take it there because they're going to be much more user friendly, because they're going to acquire that much less maintenance.

We're not going to have to crawl underneath our trailer, making adjustments every so often, because they're going to adjust themselves.So now that we've seen what our brakes look like and gone over some of the features, let's show you how to get them installed. To begin our installation, we went ahead and jacked our trailer up. Now we are using a jack, but we also have a jack stand underneath the frame towards the back, and we removed the wheel So now we're going to need to remove the dust cap. Take a screwdriver, go along the edge, just slowly work it out.Now, with the dust cap removed, we're going to go ahead and clean up some of this grease so we can see what we're working with, because we're going to need to pull the bearings out. And regardless if you have brakes or not, like we don't have here, we're still going to have to pull the hub off and pull all the bearings out as well.

Now if you have a cotter pin or a keeper tab, you're going to want to bend that out of the way, or pull the cotter pin out. That way we can get that castle nut to come off.Grab a pair of channel locks, and we'll remove that castle nut, so we can pull everything out. Once we have the nut removed, we'll go ahead and remove all the washers and the keepers. We'll clean them up and set them aside. Sometimes it helps if you just pull on the hub a little bit, and the rest of the washers and that bearing will come out. Now we're going to remove the hub. You're going to want to clean off the spindle extremely well. Get all that old grease and the other kind of debris that may be stuck on there from driving around.So with this spindle clean and the mounting surface cleaned up a little bit, this point, if you have brakes, you're going to want to remove them and typically these four mounting flanges is where there's going to be two nuts, on each side that we're going to have to remove. And then we can pull our brake assembly off. But if you're adding brakes like we are, we just want to make sure that that mounting surface is pretty cleaned up, doesn't have any major debris on there, and then we can grab our brake assembly.You want to make sure you grab the correct one. They are going to be labeled, it's going to be a sticker, it's going to tell us is the right hand side. And we are working on the right side of the trailer. Now on the back you'll notice that we're going to have those four studs coming out, that's go into those four mounting holes and you want to make sure that your wires are going to be up out of the way when we go to slide it in place. So we'll go through the center, having the spindle come out. We'll line up the holes. Just kind of hold it in place for now. Then we're going to take the included hex nuts and we're going to thread them onto the back, to make sure our brake assembly doesn't fall off.Just want to make sure you get all four of them on, at least hand tight, and then we can come back and tighten them down. We're going to come back at 11/16 socket. I'm going to torque that hardware down, and we'll find the torque specification in our instructions. Just make sure you're paying attention to the size because they do list several different sizes in the instruction. So now we can move on to the electrical connections of our brake assembly. We're to have two green wires coming out of the back. Now we already went ahead and ran our brake wires.One, the black wire's going to be our brake signal, and our white wire's going to be our ground. Now it doesn't matter in what order we hook these up. We're just going to take one of the green wires. I'm going to take a blue heat shrink butt connector. Slide my wire in, then crimp it in place. But I'm going to take one of my other wires, either the ground or the brake signal, put it into the other end of my butt connector, and crimp it down. We're going to repeat the same process for our other green wire coming out of the back. We're going to come back with a heat gun and shrink down my connectors. Now if you're using an open flame like a lighter or a mini torch, want to be extremely careful not to burn or char the connectors or the wires themselves.With our connections made and our brake assembly torqued down, we can go and repack our bearings, and put everything back in place, and put the new hub and drum assembly off. Now we already have our wheel back on. And you want to check for a slight drag, whenever you're spinning the tire. You don't want it to be too much to where you're really trying to force that wheel to turn, but you also don't want it so loose that it's just free spinning. You want to hear that little bit of a slight drag as you're turning it, but if your brakes aren't adjusted to the right spot just yet, we can go and move underneath to the backside of the brakes and we can pull those two plastic plugs.There's going to be two plugs at the bottom of our brake assembly, and that's where we're going to be making our adjustments. Now it's going to be easiest to use a brake tool to make the adjustments inside the drum. There's a little wheel that's got some teeth on it, and we're going to want to turn that, and that'll will tighten up our brakes. But if there somewhat close, that's okay, we'll go ahead and leave them alone, because they are self adjusting and after a few applications they'll start to adjust into their appropriate spot. And those plugs will just snap into place. And now that this side is done, we can go and repeat that same process for the other side.And that'll finish up your look at the Dexter 10 inch Never Adjust electric trailer brake kit, part number 23-468-469.


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