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I was looking at the shop manual for my JD 4066R to see what is involved in adjusting the brakes. My pedal is getting low and I would like to raise it. The process seems straightforward except the manual says to remove the rear wheels. That is not a trivial task since I have ballast inside the tires. The only reason I can see that they want you to remove the rear wheels is so you can turn the axle while adjusting the brakes.

So here is my question. Why can't I just jack up the rear end of the tractor to raise the tires off of the ground and rotate the tire (with some force) to test the brake adjustment? Has anyone else adjusted their brakes without removing the rear wheels?
 

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That’s what I would do before I would take off my ballasted rear wheels. I haven’t removed my rear wheels since I filled them. I don’t plan to unless I absolutely have to remove them.
 
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