The bearings on your trailer keeps the wheels from wearing out due to friction. These parts facilitate smooth rotation and keep the wheels from decelerating due to the weight of loads pressing down from above or to turning around a tight curve.
Regardless of what you are pulling, make sure it is safe.
You must have wheel bearings that are capable of accepting all of the force exerted on the wheels. If you have a disproportionately heavy load or something that causes an impact, this can strain and create pits on the bearing balls. Friction, as a result of bearings rolling on damaged surfaces, also causes excessive wearing. Sometimes the symptoms may start immediately, but often it takes months before such damage is noticed.
These symptoms can include a screechy sounds when you make a turn around a curve. There is also a wiggly feeling you should pay attention to.
You can’t expect to detect damage just through noise. You can check for signs by pushing on the top part of the wheel and observing for evidence of slack. There can also be a swing of the trailer from side to side.
A damaged wheel bearing does not only cause a vehicle to be shaky and noisy; it can also cost you more money by damaging other nearby parts. There is also the possibility that your entire wheel can fly off if you are driving at high speed.
So to save in the long run, stop in and have the technicians at Trailer Boss test your bearings.
Next time you are in Marysville, Olympia, or Rochester come in, see our trailers, and speak with an associate as to which amenities you need.
We have three locations. Olympia 360 923-2135; Rochester 360 273-7892; Marysville 425 903-4985.