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How to I obtain additional information for Tie Down Engineering products?

Most of products available from Tie Down Engineering will have links to product assembly and installation sheets located in the reference section of this site or on the product detail pages.

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Why can’t I use DOT 5 Brake fluid in the Tie Down Brake system?

DOT 5: This brake fluid is based upon silicone. Its dry boiling point (ERBP) is 260°C minimum and wet boiling point is (Wet ERBP) 180°C. It is used in applications, like for weekend, antique, collector cars that sit for long periods and for some military vehicles. Some car manufacturers use it in their road driven vehicles. Systems designed for DOT 3 fluid may use rubber parts that will be adversely affected by silicone based fluids. This brake fluid does not mix with DOT 3, DOT 4 or DOT 5.1. It absorbs more air and giving poor pedal feeling. It is unsuitable for racing due to more compressibility under high temperatures. If as little as one drop of water enters the fluid, severe localized corrosion, freezing or gassing may occur. This can happen because water is heavier and not mixable with silicone fluids.

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I have a dual axle trailer with brakes on only one axle. Do I need brakes on the other axle?

As a safety concern, TDE always recommends brakes on all axles. DOT requirements for trailer brakes combine the tow vehicle and trailer in the stopping equation. The tow vehicle and trailer are required to stop in a predetermined distance. Needless to say, the type of tow vehicle used can affect this requirement. State laws also come into play. Many states require brakes over certain weight capacities other states have minimal requirements. Remember, any brakes are better than no brakes.

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How often do I adjust my disc brakes?

One of the many advantages of disc brakes is that you do not need to adjust them.

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