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August 01, 2006

Tips on Trailer Maintenance, Part 2

Tuse_warm_check Tip #2: Check Your Hubs
On long drives, inspect your hub bearings once a day. Make sure there is no spattering of grease on the wheel or the inside of the fender well.  Also, put your hand on the wheel hub to check its temperature; even on a hot day, it should be no more than warm to the touch.  If it’s hot, stop and grease the fittings and check for leaks. Note: If your hub has trailer brakes, heat does not necessarily mean  a bearing problem.

Tip #3: Repack Your Bearings
Most manufacturers recommend repacking your trailer bearings every 3,000 miles. If you drive gravel roads, don’t miss this interval.  But if you stick to highways, you’ll have a little more time.


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