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Old 30 December 2018, 12:08   #1
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Braked trailer service

Hi

We have a trailer that has been sat outside for a bit and could do with some maintenance.

I don't know much about trailers and certainly not braked ones so would appreciate some pointers on where to start.

When moving the trailer it does sound like something isn't as loose as it should be. Brakes or bearings?

The bearings I'm used to servicing are all on unbraked trailers where you pop the plastic cap off, these don't look the same.

I've attached some photos, hopefully someone can give me some pointers.

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Old 30 December 2018, 12:52   #2
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Looks like these may be bearing buddies/savers
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Old 30 December 2018, 13:19   #3
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Its just a metal cap just knock it off with a hammer & screwdriver or use a pry bar to lever it off behind the ridge in the cap
Youll find the bearing retaining nut under the cap
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They’re just the dust caps. Just knock them off with a mallet/block of wood and a hammer.
If the bearings feel ok and grease is not compromised I’d start by greasing up all the grease nipples (lithium based grease). Tow the trailer around a bit and actuate the brakes a few times... they don’t like to be laid up for too long, especially if you had the hand brake on
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I’d also lubricate the cables here also.... wd 40 or similar to make sure they’re moving
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[QUOTE=rigi36;78793maintenance

When moving the trailer it does sound like something isn't as loose as it should be. Brakes or bearings

Many thanks.[/QUOTE]

Personally i would expect brake shoes to be rubbing ,however looking at your picture two i am not sure you have any brake shoes fitted as the tiny slits in the backplates should be showing the tails of springs which hold the shoes flat onto the backplates , not sure but worth a look
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Only sure way to check the brakes is strip the drums off remove the shoes and clean and regrease everything that moves or slides. Your not supposed to grease inside drums but on a boat trailer its essential in my opinion.
While apart pull the cables in and out as far as you can and smear grease on the ends behind the dust covers & pump grease into the inline grease points if fitted.
Trying to cut corners is asking for trouble
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Only sure way to check the brakes is strip the drums off remove the shoes and clean and regrease everything that moves or slides. Your not supposed to grease inside drums but on a boat trailer its essential in my opinion.
While apart pull the cables in and out as far as you can and smear grease on the ends behind the dust covers & pump grease into the inline grease points if fitted.
Trying to cut corners is asking for trouble
And....having gone this far you might as well replace the bearings while it's stripped, they're not expensive. Mines get replaced at least once a year just as a matter of course.
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And....having gone this far you might as well replace the bearings while it's stripped, they're not expensive. Mines get replaced at least once a year just as a matter of course.
Yep 100 % agree
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And....having gone this far you might as well replace the bearings while it's stripped, they're not expensive. Mines get replaced at least once a year just as a matter of course.
Thanks, what's the easiest way to find out what bearings I need?
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