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Old 04 January 2012, 12:03   #11
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That works as long as the spindle is undamaged.

A fully collapsed bearing set will usually score the spindle, rendering it unusable (at least long term; you might be able to get to a safe place, but a second failure is pretty imminent.)

On a torsion axle, the spindle is often (generally?) replaceable; on a leaf spring axle, they're often welded in place, which means replacing the axle (unless you know a welder who can take the time to jig things up to get the alignment right.)

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Yep ends up like this!
Was sold this as a working trailer got them to supply 2 new axles for it in the end!
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Old 05 January 2012, 05:17   #12
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I have now had it confirmed that the bearings are the original ones & still going strong after 5.5 years!! When I knocked them apart to check looked fine & I have just towed it 230 miles home, so may be they are a better long term bearing than tapered but I still cant change them so easily oh what to do??
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Old 05 January 2012, 06:16   #13
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We went through this on a couple of trailer axles, the cost of a full set of parts was pretty close to a new axle so we went that way and resolved to change the sealed for life bearings each year. This regime served us well till we sold the boat and trailer.
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We went through this on a couple of trailer axles, the cost of a full set of parts was pretty close to a new axle so we went that way and resolved to change the sealed for life bearings each year. This regime served us well till we sold the boat and trailer.
So you stuck with the sealed for life bearing even with fitting a new axle?
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That works as long as the spindle is undamaged.

A fully collapsed bearing set will usually score the spindle, rendering it unusable (at least long term; you might be able to get to a safe place, but a second failure is pretty imminent.)

On a torsion axle, the spindle is often (generally?) replaceable; on a leaf spring axle, they're often welded in place, which means replacing the axle (unless you know a welder who can take the time to jig things up to get the alignment right.)

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jky is absolutely correct........but I also follow Chris's method......!
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Old 06 January 2012, 16:12   #16
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Well to day I managed to rebuild the hitch, so new hitch is now surplice to requirement just have to sort out the brakes or axle now!
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