Checking your trailer’s tyre pressure and wheel bearing should be part of your regular trailer maintenance to keep it running well. Today, we’ll give you some tips on how to perform this task.
Tip: Always check your tyre pressure before you drive with your trailer.
Insufficient tyre pressure can cause your trailer tyres to blow out, so it is essential to check this before going out with your trailer, especially with heavy loads. You should always check your manufacturer’s specifications for the correct tyre pressure. The pressure will vary according to the load. Essentially, the heavier the load, the more tyre pressure is needed. A good quality pressure gauge can be invaluable to assist you to determine your tyre pressure before you hit the road.
Tip: High pressure racing gauges are typically more accurate. Also, you may need a compressor to inflate your tyres. Spare tyres are also important for trailers. If you do get a flat tyre you are stuck without one.
The uneven weight distribution of your load inside the trailer can also cause issues for the tyres. Each tyre has their own gross rating and a maximum weight it can handle. Uneven load distribution can cause a single tyre to underperform if it is bearing a heavier load than the others. This can also cause accidents like fishtailing.
Wheel Bearing Grease
Dirty wheel bearings can cause friction and wear. It is important for trailer owners to clean their wheel bearings and apply grease as often as every month, depending on how much you use your trailer. Lubrication lets the trailer move smoothly and prevents friction, which causes heat. It is better to check the amount of grease before you go out with your trailer.
Also, choosing the right grease is important for trailer owners. Check the manufacturer’s manual to determine the best grease to use.
It is important to maintain your trailer to keep it in good shape and able to perform its functions. If you need some assistance, call us at Titan Engineering. We have the tools and the experience to attend to all your trailer needs.