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Old 04 April 2011, 13:57   #41
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To flush or not - experience

I fitted hub flushers to my trailer last year and since using them the condition of the brake internals has got massively worse.
I recon its due to flushing when I get home (with fresh water & X-salt), then the brakes sit there damp for weeks at a time.
Before I fitted the flushers the brakes, although being immersed in Salt, were dried out by the heat of the brakes on the way home, so were dry when stored. I know this doesn't remove the salt crystals, but the difference in condtion was remarkable.
The previous set of brake linings, springs lasted 5 seasons, after fitting the flushers have lasted only 18 months. Linings have corroded off the shoes, springs are shot, the lot needs changing. I wont be flushing anymore unless I can do it at the slipway.
Anyone else had the same experience??
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Old 04 April 2011, 16:35   #42
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Interesting Jon ... I have also wondered the same thing, whether a quick spin-dry on the way home is better than leaving the brakes soaking wet and rusting after flushing them at home. I've not looked yet - trailer is only about six months old.

I reckon as you say the best thing is flush at the slip and dry on the way home but I can't do that either.
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I wont be flushing anymore unless I can do it at the slipway.
Which slipway(s) do you use?
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I reckon as you say the best thing is flush at the slip and dry on the way home but I can't do that either.
A couple of gallons of water and a cheap bilge pump and you could.
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A couple of gallons of water and a cheap bilge pump and you could.
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or a bong



Oh, your image is working in the quote,but not in your post. Odd!
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A couple of gallons of water and a cheap bilge pump and you could.
Realistically it probably wouldn't make a lot of difference in my case ... my trip home is only about 1 mile rarely exceeding 30mph and with hardly any braking (mostly slightly uphill) so I doubt the brakes get warm anyway.
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Flush and dry or dont flush at all

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I have also wondered the same thing, whether a quick spin-dry on the way home is better than leaving the brakes soaking wet and rusting after flushing them at home.
I recon dont flush at all unless you can dry the brakes off afterwards. Just cost me $80 for a new set of brake linings and budgetting for a new axle next year 'coz one of the backplates is so corroded.

I like the drum of fresh water and bilge pump idea though......
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