Thread: Trailer wheel bearings
05-13-2012, 06:10 PM #1
Trailer wheel bearings
I was guiding my trailer back today and the wheel bearings were making this grinding/ squeaking sound. The trailer is a Load-Rite aluminum double and it has bearing buddies. The trailer is used in salt and fresh, but it is always washed down good and I repack the bearings once a year.
Does it sound like the bearings are toast? This is my third trailer in 10+ years and I've never had this issue before. Any advice is greatly appreciated.
05-13-2012, 07:43 PM #2
Yeah I'd look in to the bearings if you're hearing grinding. Have you jacked it up and checked if the tire had a smooth spin?
05-14-2012, 09:03 AM #3
05-14-2012, 06:28 PM #4
It's down pouring outside, so it will have to wait till tomorrow. Speaking of which, when I jack up one side of the trailer will it put too much weight/ stress on the non jacked up wheel? It has torsion axle.
05-16-2012, 06:13 PM #5
They're pretty durable so I'd say it's safe. If you don't feel secure doing so then just run a 4x4 across the frame and use a couple of floor jacks if avaliable.
05-16-2012, 06:20 PM #6
It does sound like the bearings are no good..
All it takes is a little water and grit in there and they can eat up the bearings.
Good thing they are easy to replace.
Glad u caught it when u did and not on the road some where...
05-17-2012, 09:37 AM #7
Made an appointment at a local trailer dealer to diagnose it and replace the bearing if needed. I'll report back.
05-24-2012, 12:29 AM #8
05-25-2012, 10:53 AM #9
I went to a local trailer place called T&T Trailers in Mendon, MA. They replaced both bearings which were in "ok condition." They put the whole trailer on a lift and did it in 1.5 hrs. 130$ for parts (2 bearings) + labor.
05-25-2012, 06:26 PM #10
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WOW! Complete bearing sets from Loadrite themselves run $9-16 per side for everything (depending on the hub size) and they're even less from an auto parts store!
That's why the suggestion to DIY this.....
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