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    Default IH 444 Brakes

    Howdy! I'm new here. Just bought an old IH 444 and realized that, according to my manual, the tractor is missing the brake lock lever's retainer plate, which means the brakes lock every time you apply them. It appears there never was a plate, so I'm puzzled.

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    Mark

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    Default Re: IH 444 Brakes

    Welcome to TBN

    I moved your thread to the Case-IH forum.

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    Default Re: IH 444 Brakes

    Thanks!

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    Default Re: IH 444 Brakes

    Quote Originally Posted by maddison View Post
    Howdy! I'm new here. Just bought an old IH 444 and realized that, according to my manual, the tractor is missing the brake lock lever's retainer plate, which means the brakes lock every time you apply them. It appears there never was a plate, so I'm puzzled.

    Thoughts?

    Mark
    I am trying from memory to visualize the part you are talking about. Can you post a pic. Did my brakes about 18 months ago because they locked on after 6 months of non usage. Have you cleaned up and lubricated the actuating plate and the brake pads and disks?. They do have a habit of binding. Do you have a manual???. If not I will try and find time to look it up in mine for you.

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    Default Re: IH 444 Brakes

    I'm thinking the same thing about the actuator plates. There is a return spring on the brake lock lever, and if it is there, should keep the brake lock lever away from the locking notches.

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    Default Re: IH 444 Brakes

    Also, check to make sure the two return springs are on the external pedals and that you have 3/4" of free play in the pedals. On the actuator plates there should be 3 springs between the plates so, make sure those are not broken or missing. The most likely problem will be the actuator plates are all rusted up in the locked position. I just had to replace the actuator plate on mine due to it being completely rusted up to the point that it would no longer spread open and apply pressure to the brake disk. Yours might be rusted up in the locked position.

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