Did you know wheel bearing failure is one of the most common causes of incidents when towing a boat trailer? They’re relatively low cost and easy to service, so we strongly recommend additional care is taken to protect your pride and joy.
Your local Dunbier dealer will regularly inspect and replace your wheel bearings and seals based on our standard service schedule, but it’s important to check them regularly between visits to your dealer.
Here’s some tips on carrying out a quick check to keep your wheel bearings running smoothly:
- Make the trailer safe and jack up one side so the wheels can freely rotate
- Rotate the wheel by hand at a reasonable pace and then let go. As it rotates, if you hear any rumbling, clicking, or strange noises, contact your dealer to arrange a bearing service as your bearings may need replacing.
- Grasp the wheel at the outer ends and try and wobble without rotating. If you feel any end play you should contact your dealer or arrange a bearing inspection/service as your bearings may need adjusting or replacing.
- Remove the grease cap/bearing buddy and inspect the grease. If the grease looks contaminated in any way or rust is evident you should contact your dealer to arrange a bearing inspection/service as your bearings may need adjusting or replacing.
- Visible grease on the inside of your rims is a key indicator that seals may require replacement