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Old 27 May 2018, 18:28   #41
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Logically though backing off the rods until brakes don't work would mean I am backing off the actuating for the brakes in normal mode.
I can't see how this would work .. be a bit like disconnecting rod - yes it would reverse but no barking going fwd ( and yes did do this step to check it out)


I spoke to Indespension last week - they actually seems to give contrary advice to others (incl AlKo) - brakes should be much tighter than normal ... i.e when backing off .. only just enough so they can only just be spun with effort ......... their view is shoes need friction to force then to trip the cam. I'm at point of giving up and taking it to a workshop ..... in 30 years of boating never had this before.
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Old 28 May 2018, 00:49   #42
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Logically though backing off the rods until brakes don't work would mean I am backing off the actuating for the brakes in normal mode.
I can't see how this would work .. be a bit like disconnecting rod - yes it would reverse but no barking going fwd ( and yes did do this step to check it out)


I spoke to Indespension last week - they actually seems to give contrary advice to others (incl AlKo) - brakes should be much tighter than normal ... i.e when backing off .. only just enough so they can only just be spun with effort ......... their view is shoes need friction to force then to trip the cam. I'm at point of giving up and taking it to a workshop ..... in 30 years of boating never had this before.
I said try backing off untill you can reverse and see if you still have brakes and if you dont then back to the drawing board.
Blindly repeatedly following the same instructions isnt going to fix your problem hence the suggestion to try something else.
It will take 5 mins to do and will harm nothing.
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Old 28 May 2018, 04:21   #43
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I have tried, 5,10,20 & 30mm play .... feel too much risk to normal braking to put in more than that.

I appreciate comments here, and I’m not blindly following AlKo instructions, have also followed suggestions here, advice by Indespension, and from local trailer depot.

Had 3 others also look at setup in case I’m missing something.
So frustrating.
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Blindly repeatedly following the same instructions isnt going to fix your problem.....

+1, at the risk of going off topic, but to reinforce your point. I recently called technical support for my autopilot. I've had a problem with the pilot not holding course, I've followed the commissioning & setup procedures several times to the letter; no joy. I called support & they told me that in their experience on fast planing hulls, it was best to ignore what the book said & do XYZ instead, I've still to try it out, but it just goes to show.
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Tried setting that way, then yesterday as someone advised backing off shoes, tried loosening.
Will try setting them much tighter today (more drag)
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Forgot to add ... found written comments (in docs provided here) that “over adjustment of brakes will cause auto reverse to fail to operate”. .... but I’m willing to try.
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Forgot to add ... found written comments (in docs provided here) that “over adjustment of brakes will cause auto reverse to fail to operate”. .... but I’m willing to try.
I think you will find that refers to over adjustment as in too tight not backed off too far.
I think you are over adjusted hence my saying to back off almost to the point of no brakes going forward then adjust back up to the point just before the auto reverse stops working again

You've tried working from the point of fully adjusted one way no harm to try fully adjusted the other way and see what happens
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Set brakes correct, again.
First to locked, then back off just enough that wheel can be spun and rotates 1.5 turns before ‘drag’ stops wheel.

Tested - same.

Then backed off adjusters all round by 2 clicks ...Tested, same.
Backed off another 2 clicks ... so totall6 Free tonspon ... Tested, same.

Tried it with. It’s no play in actuator rod, 5mm and 10mm play - still won’t reverse ... at 10mm play, handbrake could not hold boat on the drive.

Indespension explained that brakes should be only just backed off, they need to come on as soon as reversing starts .. to allow shoe to trip the auto-reverse cam.
I did try this and checked the Bowden cable movement as advised earlier in thread.
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When you adjust the shoes in the hub with the cabled disconnected if you adjust so the drum locks rotating forwards can you then rotate the drum backwards or does it lock both ways?
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Not tried that .... only ? is how much force will be needed to rotate wheel when 'brakes' applied (or simply adjusted up to lock) ... and can I do that by hand.
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