Trucks & Trailers - Axle question

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Sodbuster
01-29-2012, 10:00 AM
Hi friends,I jacked up my trailer today to test the play in the wheel / axle area and noticed a very slight jiggle...kind of like a lug bolt that is not all the way tight except that they are.
Any ideas on what this might be? This boat and trailer are 55 years old and I don't know the maintenance record of it...is a little movement there considered normal? ;?

Thanks,Tim


steve a59
01-29-2012, 10:44 AM
If it was mine I'd tighten the nut on the end of the spindle see if that would not get out the jiggle,but while I was at it I would check the bearings inner and outer. just tighten the nut enough to get the slop out.

Sodbuster
01-29-2012, 06:21 PM
If it was mine I'd tighten the nut on the end of the spindle see if that would not get out the jiggle,but while I was at it I would check the bearings inner and outer. just tighten the nut enough to get the slop out.
Thanks for the reply Steve...how can I tell if the bearings need replacing?


mdcolson
02-03-2012, 05:30 AM
You can drive a short distance and put your hand on the hub to feel how hot it is. If it is warm and you can hold your hand there, they are probably ok. If you don't know when the last time they were serviced, then your safest (and best in my opinion) bet is to take them to a trailer shop and have them cleaned, inspected, and re-packed. It will set you back about $80 but is well worth it!

billdz10
02-03-2012, 05:53 AM
From the raised white lettering those look like radial car tires. Depending on how far you travel, weight of the boat you may want to look into some proper trailer tires.



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