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lockers and breaks

Discussion in '40- & 55-Series Tech' started by rusmannx, Mar 28, 2004.

  1. rusmannx

    rusmannx

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    lets assume your driver side tires lock up with ease, but your passenger ones don't.
    now you always pull to the left when you apply the brakes.

    lockers makes both tires on the axle lock up together right?
     
  2. e rock

    e rock

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    What kind of lockers?

    An auto-locker (detroit, lockright, etc) only lock the sides up together under input torque from the pinion gear. Usually when you're braking (and trying to lock up the wheels), you've got the clutch in, so no torque from the pinion. That's why you can coast around corners just fine as long as you keep the clutch in.

    If you're welded, ARB, spool, etc., then something's wrong.

    Sounds like it's time to check out the condition and adjustment of your brakes.

    Eric
     
  3. CruisinGA

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    It really means your brakes are out of adjustment.
    Replace the shoes, turn the drums, bleed and adjust them and they shouldn't pull.
    That said, mine pull too. :D
     
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    Make sure the brakes are adjusted properly. As previously stated an auto locker won't do any thing unless torque is applied through the pinion.
     
  5. Pin_Head

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    Auto lockers are a little more complicated than just "locking" when torque is applied to the pinion: Niether tire can go slower than the ring gear, but 1 tire can turn faster than the ring gear (in the direction that it is being driven). The only time that pinion torque comes into play is when it is sufficient to cause one of the wheels to slip. Auto lockers ratchet (unlock) just fine while accelerating (or decelerating) around a turn.

    When one wheel is locked up braking, the other wheel is free to rotate faster, so no it won't lock up.