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loose hub? on trailer

Discussion in 'General Automotive' started by 113tac, Jul 25, 2011.

  1. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:07 AM
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    Okay guys my family just got a jet ski and it came with a trailer. one of the wheels on the trailer is loose like i can grab it move it sides ways a little bit. idk if that safe to drive on so i was wondering what you guys thought. if it isnt safe(im assuming its not that safe) do you guys know how to tighten the hub?

    here are some pictures for reference of the type of trailer/ axle

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  2. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:22 AM
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    Hey 113tac,
    I think you should take that entire hub apart..dead blow hammer to get the bearing buddy off. Clean all the grease off, and loosen the large nut that is behind the bearing buddy. Basically take it all apart.. there is slop in the bearing. It could just be that the large nut has backed off a bit, or the bearings could be shot.. ($20)..
    hope this helps.
    D.
     
  3. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:27 AM
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    ^^this.

    there should also be a cotter pin that must be removed before the nut will come off.

    when re assembling, tighten the nut just until there is no slop side to side, and no more. Use a new cotter pin.

    Also, make sure you pack the bearing correctly, look it up on youtube if you don't know how.

    good luck.
     
  4. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:31 AM
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    thanks for the info. i will probably check it out soon
     
  5. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:36 AM
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    Bearings are TOAST
     
  6. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:38 AM
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    would bad bearings cause a rougher ride also?
     
  7. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:44 AM
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    yeppers
     
  8. Jul 25, 2011 at 11:49 AM
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    alright well then im assuming its the bearing then cause the ride isnt that great especially at low speeds
     
  9. Jul 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM
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    (Wheel on)If there is more than a 1/16th inch or so of side play its probably bad bearing. Pull the wheel and spin the bearings, you will know if they are toast or not by how it feels. Small trailer wheels often have a slight side-play to the wheel on the spindle. Either way, cheap fix if you take care of it before the wheel goes rolling by you on the highway. Seen too many drivers out there who don't check trailer wheels/bearing until its too late.
     
  10. Jul 26, 2011 at 9:23 AM
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    good info. its more than 1/16th of an inch its maybe closer to 1/4 or 1/2 inch each way. i definitely want to fix it before that happens haha
     
  11. Jul 26, 2011 at 1:16 PM
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    also just a small tip, whenever towing a trailer on the freeway for long stretches, always pull over every 100 miles or so to check the temp of the hubs. They should stay warm to the touch at most. If they're heating up you either have too much preload or not enough grease.
     
  12. Jul 26, 2011 at 1:52 PM
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    good to know. i dont think ill be towing that long though. probably at most 30 miles that i can see in my near future haha
     
  13. Jul 26, 2011 at 3:25 PM
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    cool, good luck with it.
     
  14. Jul 26, 2011 at 3:52 PM
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    thanks man!
     
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    Little wheels spin very fast trying to keep up with 15+" Tacoma wheels they take a beating you should pack/inspect at the very least once a year. The bearing buddies are intended to be used to force water out (after a boat launching) and really are not a substitute for a bearing repack.
     
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