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Removing your brake cable: A quick and concise guide

Removing your brake cable: A quick and concise guide

Removing a brake cable on a trailer can become complicated if the process is rushed or the components are in a poor state. Here at ATE we have compiled a few pointers which will make the task easier and ensure that your trailer brake cables are removed safely and efficiently.

Before getting started your trailer will need to be lifted safely so that the underneath can be accessed easily. We recommend using a hydraulic trailer lift, but if you don’t have access to this, you could also use a car jack or ramp, providing they are safe.

Once your trailer has been securely lifted into the air, locate each end of the brake cables. Consider using mole grips to remove the end of the brake cable that is attached to the back plate of the brake.

As the cable is removed, take care to look for a small metal plate that may come off with it. This is a cable cover plate and it is important for when the new cables go on.

Examine it for any signs of wear, as a badly corroded or bent out of shape cover plate will need to be replaced with a new one. Removing a brake cable can prove tricky if the cables have become seized or badly rusted. The best way to tackle this problem is to cut the cable into pieces.

Checking for wear and tear and identifying the new brake cables. After the removal of the brake cable, check the bottom of the trailer for rust or wear. This will help you identify any future problems.

Now the cables are removed you can begin identifying what type of new brake cables you will need. Different brake manufacturers use different fittings and connections.

Be sure to check you’ve acquired the correct type of cable for the job, as the wrong type will not fit correctly on your trailer.