Posted on: 18 December 2017Share
You can minimise the magnitude of boat trailer emergencies that you have to fix by looking out for their warning signs. Below are common trailer problems that can result in costly repairs if they are allowed to worsen.
Axles rarely break without giving warning signs long before that failure occurs. The biggest cause of axle problems on boat trailers is corrosion. It is therefore good for you to check for corrosion and take remedial measures before that corrosion causes the axle to break.
First, observe the axle for signs of stains or bubbles underneath the painted sections of the axle. Secondly, use a hammer to tap different sections of the axles. Corroded sections will emit a thud while unaffected sections will give off a ringing sound. Use an angle grinder or a wire brush to remove any rust that you find. Clean the area and apply an anti-corrosion paint so that the axle does not deteriorate further.
Wheel Bearing Problems
The wheel bearings on boat trailers can also fail while you are towing your boat. These failures normally result from poor lubrication, contamination by impurities and improper adjustment. How can you know if your trailer's wheel bearings are developing problems?
Lift the tyres off the ground using jack stands. Thereafter, spin the wheels one by one. Wheels with bearing problems often emit a constant noise that is similar to grinding rocks. Such a wheel will have a damaged bearing. Follow the guidelines in the trailer manual to remove the affected bearings. Add more lubricant so that the bearings do not overheat and become damaged as you use the trailer. Adjust the nuts in case any of the wheels wiggles when you try to shake it while holding its top and bottom sections.
Problems with tyres, such as blown tyres, are frequent causes of trailer defects. The best way to avert such a problem is by conducting a tyre safety check regularly on your trailer. For example, make sure that the tyres are inflated correctly and that they don't exceed the age within which the manufacturer recommends their removal from service. The second best thing you can do is to be prepared for tyre problems. Have a spare tyre that you can use to replace a damaged tyre. Have the necessary tools, such as wheel chocks, a flashlight and wrenches for performing the replacement instead of being stranded while you wait for roadside assistance.
For more information on boat trailer repairs, contact a local professional.