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Boat Trailering Guys,
I have a duel axle trailer and have not move it for a few months this winter. I was in this process of taking my boat and trailer to a service center when the left forward wheel had locked up and will not rotate. It is acting as if something has triggered a locking mechanism. I have a 18.5 Robolo center console on a fairly good trailer that is spending it's first winter outside after being meticulously garaged for the last 6 years. The trailer and boat has been regularly serviced. Do you have any suggestions as to what to look for as the cause or where to look first. Bill Pollock Orcas Island, WA
Answered on: 4/2008
Don't fret we have seen this question before. You most likely have a frozen wheel cyclinder, some other badly corroded part of a misadjusted brake shoe. George suggests to back the trailer swiftly if you have the room. This may be enough to free the cylinder from the drum. If not, he suggests removing the rubber backing plate on the back side of the drum. With flashlight and screwdriver in hand try separating the cylinder from the brake drum.