Whether it is part of your business or part of your leisure, a good trailer will take care of you when you need it most. That is why it is important to take care of it when the signs start showing.
Trailer maintenance can mean a lot of things and as such can have a lot of signs that trouble is close. Knowing the signs and reacting can help your trailer have a long life.
Here we have 5 of the biggest signs that something may need fixing on your trailer. Keep your eyes peeled for these ones, as they aren’t all self-evident.
1. Clicking Sounds
Clicking and rattling are often not a good sign in any sort of mechanical device. Clicking sounds often means something is loose and banging together, which even outside the engine can cause untold amounts of trouble.
If you hear some clicking sounds, listen. If need be, turn down your radio and roll down the window. They can get worse as you turn or perform other maneuvers.
If you can locate the clicking sound, it may be a simple tightening job, but it may also come from broken parts from wear and tear.
2. Axle Shafts and Self-Greasing
Some trailers have self-greasing axles. These often come with a small chamber to catch excess grease called a boot. When this boot leaks, grease can get everywhere.
Depending on the size of the leak, it may not be a massive issue. That said, any leak of fluids can spell trouble and you should settle it sooner rather than later.
3. Maneuvering Problems
Axles make another appearance on this list as they are one of the most important pieces of any trailer. If you have turning issues, your problem may center around the axle.
Whether it is a broken connecting switch, damage to the axle itself, or even engine issues, that will depend on more intricate details.
If you have any issues with turning or other maneuvering problems, do a full check over of your trailer, starting with the axles and everything connected.
4. Cracks and Dents
Visual inspections also help to find the more obvious problem in your trailer, cracks and dents. While minor cracks can be fine for the moment, they represent a weakness in your trailer’s structure and it will only get worse.
Regular visual inspections can help spot cracks and damages before they get worse. As well, any accident, especially minor ones, should come with an inspection afterward for cracks and dings in the wrong places.
5. Too Many Bumps
Bumpy rides are never fun. While rough roads and debris can cause them, they can also be a problem with your suspension system.
If you start to experience bumps in your drive, pay attention to how even they are. If it is a more constant shake, your suspension may be out of shape. If it is sharp bumps and shifts, you can have a serious break or even debris lodged underneath.
Keeping up With Trailer Maintenance
Understanding good trailer maintenance is a study in detail. Even the smallest little issue can add up to a big cost. Caught early, though, and you can save a lot of money and frustration.