I'm new here, joined because it looks like this is the main source of info on the Acme EZE-tow dolly. I just had to drop a chunk of change on new rotors, hubs, etc. from Acme because the brake pads wore so unevenly. I always just glanced at the outside pad (the easiest one to see) and since it always looked fine I didn't much worry about it.
Well, a couple of months ago I used the dolly to haul a new toy from the port of Houston back to Denver...
By the time I got back there was a horrible grinding noise any time the surge brakes were engaged.
The pads were obviously gone.
But take a look at the way the pads wore:
And yes, it was exactly the same on both sides:
Which brings me to the other part of my rant. My EZE-Tow is a 2011 model, and there was ABSOLUTELY NO WAY to get the lower caliper bolt off.
Acme admitted they get the axles in as a complete unit, and when they welded on the pan they didn't bother to engineer in any way to remove the lower bolt. I ended up having to drill a 1/2" hole on either side so I could fish a long 3/8" extension through to get to the lower bolt.
Supposedly they fixed this on the newer models. But I'm still gobsmacked that they would ship a product for so long with no easy way to perform the most basic maintenance task, replacing brake pads.
OK, rant over. Lessons learned:
- Check pad wear on outside and inside of caliper
- Replace pads if there's any question at all
- Bring a drill and a sharp 1/2" cobalt bit if you have an older dolly like mine.
Hopefully this helps someone.