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SUBJECT: # 13563: Deactivating Trailer Brakes

Submitted by splais1 from ARIZONA on 9/28/2011 9:17:00 PM

I have a Trailstar (Tracker) trailer with single axle and hydrolic brakes. Does anyone know how to turn off (deactivate) the brakes so they do not function. thanks


  1. 9/28/2011 9:49:00 PM Submitted by splais1 from AZ says Maybe should have said why?
    I just noticed I am hearing a couple ( 2 or 3) clunks, clanks, etc coming from the brake actuator mechanism up by the ball hitch. Never noticed it before and think something is wrong. Checked fluids and all I could, everything seems ok.


  2. 9/29/2011 9:58:00 AM Submitted by MikeF from FL says I'm not your mom
    But IMHO deactivating trailer brakes is a safety issue.

    You need to go through the system and see what's wrong. If the brakes appear to be working the clunking could just be play where the draw bar attaches to the receiver.


  3. 9/29/2011 11:02:00 AM Submitted by mofishin #10690 from AL says Brakes
    I agree with Mike. Safety comes first. Surge brakes are a wonderful thing and it should not be too detailed to fix. On my trailer I get a little clank when I stop due to the hitch moving to depress the brake cylinder. Also could be receiver as Mike stated.


  4. 9/29/2011 1:44:00 PM Submitted by splais1 from AZ says small boat
    It's a small boat. PT175TXW, no idea why the guy ordered it with brakes, but that is beside the point now. No dealer within 200 miles. I sat on the tailgate and listened when brakes applied. Definitely ciming from the brake actuating mechanism up by hitch. It sounds kind of like the piston or whatever is in there that pumps the hydraolic fluid to the brakes. It's not a bang, more like a clunk. Does it anywhere from 1-3 times depending on how hard brakes are applied. How in the world can 'test' the brakes. Have no idea if they are working or not.


  5. 9/29/2011 10:55:00 PM Submitted by Jeff Hahn from OH says There should be a way
    There should be a way to deactivate the surge brakes so you can test how the rig drives without them. Usually, there is a round disk on top of the trailer tongue that is turned to deactivate the brakes. Or, some models come with a small pin or other metal device to slip in the slot where the tongue slides in order to keep it from sliding forward when the brakes are applied.

    Test and see of they are working. But, be forewarned. If you deactivate the brakes and then have an accident. Some attorney is going to have you in court arguing that deactivating the brakes was negligence and you may be held liable.

    Jeff Hahn


  6. 11/6/2011 10:17:00 AM Submitted by splais1 from AZ says Found a way
    Yes I did find a way. Simply unscrew the brake line from the tongue actuator and screw a cap on it to keep out dirt. Works fine. When I get a new actuator just have to screw line back on and bleed system.


  7. 9/10/2012 6:50:00 PM Submitted by RJR from MO says .
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