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I have never had a gravely with steering brakes before. But my free Gravely seemed to be pulling to the right. I pulled the wheel the hub was oily and dirty . I cleaned it up sanded the grit out. I cleaned and degreaser it and reassembled it took it for a spin. Now the left seemed to drag . I cleaned up the other hub now it seems to steer better
 

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You cleaned up the brake drums?


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Yes right side was gummy, oily and gritty I cleaned the oily mess with starting fluid ( trick learned from construction rental equipment service tech) then sanded the drum . The left side was dry but had a little rust in the drum light sanding and blew it out made a big difference. This machine sat for several years.
 

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When brake pad material gets oil soaked it is never quite right ever again. It should be replaced. But maybe you can make do with it.

Is this the same material people are buying from McMaster Carr and gluing it on themselves?
 

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When brake pad material gets oil soaked it is never quite right ever again.

I've had good luck with soaking the pads in mineral spirits, blowing them off and touching them up with some sandpaper. Works good enough to be able to do a nose wheelie on a motorcycle after a leaking fork seal soaked the pads in fork oil, so I'm certain the stopping power is close to 100% of what it was.
 

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When brake pad material gets oil soaked it is never quite right ever again.

I've had good luck with soaking the pads in mineral spirits, blowing them off and touching them up with some sandpaper. Works good enough to be able to do a nose wheelie on a motorcycle after a leaking fork seal soaked the pads in fork oil, so I'm certain the stopping power is close to 100% of what it was.
I sprayed nearly a can of either on them blew them off and sanded them too . Same with the hub wiped them out with a gas soaked rag the dry rag sanded them smooth blow them out
 

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I've had good luck with soaking the pads in mineral spirits, blowing them off and touching them up with some sandpaper. Works good enough to be able to do a nose wheelie on a motorcycle after a leaking fork seal soaked the pads in fork oil, so I'm certain the stopping power is close to 100% of what it was.
That is the problem I have always run into, the oil residue keeps oozing out of the brake material and forms a sticky gum causing the brakes to lock up. It may be ok on a steering brake on a Gravely tractor, but I having the wheel lock up each time you touch the brakes on a car or truck is annoying to say the least.

I am battling a case backhoe with the same problem. The brake material has been contaminated with gear oil from the transaxle, and the brakes keep locking up and will not release unless I put it in reverse and back up. I am going to have to break down and replace the axle seal and the brake pads, but it's not a fun job.
 

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I understand what you are saying. I am hoping that just cleaning up the brakes works . I could not see anything leaking on this. If it continues I will look closer at where the oil is coming from and finding new brake shoes. I the shoes was something I could run down to autozone and get I would have changed them yesterday
 
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