Tips for Maintenance of Trailer Wheel Bearings Provided by Gooseneck Trailers

trailer wheel bearings maintenance

Before hitting the road, make sure to check your braking system and your trailer wheel bearings. For adequate trailer wheel bearing maintenance, your bearings should be checked regularly. Gooseneck has put together a few tips for maintenance of trailer wheel bearings.

Checking your Trailer Wheel Bearings

Check Wheels for Side-to-Side Looseness

Checking your wheels for side-to-side looseness is one tip for maintenance of trailer wheel bearings. There should be a very small amount of play in the wheel, usually 1/8-inch or less. If your wheels are loose, or spin with a wobble, replace or service your trailer wheel bearings.

Check the Noise

Another tip for maintenance of trailer wheel bearings is to check the noises being made by your trailer wheels. Have someone listen from both the driver’s side and the curbside as you tow your Gooseneck trailer at about 25 mph. Note any squeaks, grinding noises, clicking or any other sound emanating from the trailer wheels. If you hear any noises, check for a bad wheel bearing or if lubrication is needed.

Check for Heat

Tow your Gooseneck trailer for a short distance, 5-10 miles at highways speeds, then park the trailer. Place your hand on each of the wheel hubs of your trailer. If it is too warm to hold your hand in place, you may have a bad bearing. The wheel bearing may simply require lubrication, but it may also be bad or not have enough play.

Basic Grease Wheel Bearings Maintenance

How Often Wheel Bearings Should Be Greased

If your axle(s) have a grease zerk on the ends, the wheel bearings must be greased every 6 months or 6,000 miles to ensure reliable and safe operation of your trailer.

How to Grease Wheel Bearings

Greasing your trailer wheel bearings requires jack stand(s), car jack, wheel chocks, grease gun, socket set and a screw driver.

  1. Remove the rubber plug from the axle end.
  2. Place the grease gun on zerk.
  3. Pump grease until new grease begins to appear. Make sure to use a different color grease each time so you will know when the new grease begins to appear.
  4. Install a rubber plug and cap. Repeat this step for the remaining wheel bearings. If your Gooseneck trailer axle(s) does not have grease zerks, refer to the axle manufacturer’s manual for service and maintenance information.

It is crucial to avoid mixing different types of grease thickeners. The grease that the axles utilize has a lithium complex thickener. Mixing the grease with a barium, calcium, clay or polyurea soap based thickener agent will result in adverse affects, including causing the two greases to harden, separate, become acidic or pose other hazards and damage to the bearings.

 

These are just the basics of wheel bearing maintenance for your Gooseneck trailer. Don’t hesitate to contact us here at Gooseneck Trailers with the link below for more information!

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