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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-08-2007, 10:22 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer maintenance and Questions....

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I picked up some almost brand spank'n new tires and wheels for my trailer....$280 for a set of 4 trailer tires (90-95% tread) and chrome 10 hole rims with the correct bolt pattern.


anyways......i came up with some questions one trailer maintenance i was hoping i could get some help on.....

OK....number 1)

I'm assuming i have to remove the small nuts on the middle of the drum's face (not the wheel studs ) in order to remove the drum and check the brakes???




question 2)

how do i service the wheel bearings?? i know theres a way...but im not sure if those center caps are threaded or if they are pressed in...... i dont see any grease fittings.


question 3)

should i be worried about this broken thingy on the springs?






ok....question 4)

the springs are on a center rocker......when i jack up the front axle, the shackle hits the frame......when the wheel is on the ground, its about 2" away from the frame......is that a problem?







and the last one....

heres the best piece of hill billy engineering.....looks liek the previous owner ran out of the correct U-bolts.....so he welded some round pieces to a square u-bolt thats way too long.......its pretty jacked up.....its gonna be replaced pretty soon!


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bump....

anyone?

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ill give it a shot.....

1)....unsure, i'd whack around the face of the drum a few times(between the studs) and see if it comes off....dont forget to back off the adjuster

2) probably pressed cap, but if it looks like a hex bolt, get a wrench that fits and turn it to the left, once it moves you will be able to tell if it's threaded or not

3) yes

4) i have very limited experience with these, but i do remember they do strange things when jacked up....i will suggest some good penetrating oil to the bushings and give the bolt heads a couple good whacks with a drift pin, it'll loosen the rust that is binding them up and allow them to flex better on the road

last one) good idea to replace that disney engineering

good luck Greg

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ok....thanks


for #3...what are those called (so i can try to find them in stores)? and are new ones available typically??

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Go to a spring supply place = phone book - springs.
They'll have or make the U-bolts and the spring clamps.

The grease cap unscrews - use a big wrench.
Under that is a big nut with some sort of retainer - maybe a cotter pin and cage, maybe a foldover washer. Remove it.
Yank on the drum or hub and it'll come off to give access to the bearings. The outer will come right off, the inner will be inside the hub behind the seal.
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