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Old 25 June 2014, 09:01   #1
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I have bounced the idea around on here about doing a service myself on my trailer, but it seem there are so many options of bearings available to order and all that. I don't feel up-to doing a service and bearing change on my trailer (don't like the idea of my pride and joy flying down the motorway in the opposite direction to the car)

I have jacked up the trailer and given the wheels a spin and I dont have any wobbles or rumble.

So when I am in Conwy this summer I thought about getting it done, anyone know anyone good who will do a full strip down, service and new bearings?
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Old 25 June 2014, 12:21   #2
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Have a go yourself unless your lucky enough to get someone like Ben (TG) just take a hub off and take it to Indespension to get correct bearings
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It really is a simple job to do. Don't rush it, take the hub off and take it to your local bearing dealer who will fix you up with the correct bearings/ split pins and anything else like grease etc.

You may find that a strip, clean and re-grease is all it requires if it doesn't rumble.

Nothing beats doing the job yourself for piece of mind, knowing its been done right and also if you ever have problems then you can have the spares handy and also do the repair yourself maybe on the roadside.

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coastal towbars Rhyl they also have an outlet in Llandudno and chester TEL:01745 771 092, somebody was pulling a large rib out on a trailer yesterday, I use them for a ifor williams I have, hope this helps
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John Clowes in Caernarfon is good, he does my wheel bearings etc at the start of each season when he services the engine, spot on and a top bloke
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It really is a simple job to do.

Nothing beats doing the job yourself for piece of mind, knowing its been done right and also if you ever have problems then you can have the spares handy and also do the repair yourself maybe on the roadside.
+1 for this. I've pretty much completely overhauled my shonky old trailer over this last winter and it gives great peace of mind. Though I can't believe what I did my first 1000-odd miles of towing on!
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Go on, tell. What did you do?

I will have to see what way to go....

I must have done about a million posts on here about doing the trailer myself, but I can't seem to pluck up the courage.




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Old 25 June 2014, 17:37   #8
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Go on, tell. What did you do?
Well most of what I did you won't need to do cos your trailer is loads younger than mine. I had to completely take apart the coupling, strip it, clean it, grease it, new damper, put back together.

Replace the brake cable from the coupling to the compensator with M10 threaded bar. Replace the bowden cables (the ones that go from the compensator to the individual hubs). Strip and clean the brakes and the bearings. Repack bearings and put it all back together. I also bought a spare set of brake shoes, and a spare drum and bearings so I now have a complete set of what might fail on the road.

I spent ages on it all though because I was going steady and learning it all. Reckon I could do the lot in a busy afternoon or a leisurely day now. One of the main things I learned is that with a straight punch (rather than a centre punch) drifting taper bearings in and out of hubs is actually loads easier than I feared it would be: done three now and it's a piece of piss.

Before I started it all I was thinking like you; "get a pro to do it", but I didn't in the end cos I'm too tight! I'm glad I did it myself now because I really know how the thing goes together and how it all works.
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Steve, you were in exactly the same frame of mind regarding the issues with your ermintrude a couple of months ago and you cracked that after some research and input from a couple of guys on here. I remember your sense of satisfaction and achievement. If push comes to shove, jack it up, remove one hub and head down to indies pension in Bolton and they'll advise you what you need in terms of bearings and races.

My money's on you doing it yourself after you've looked at a few YouTube vids and read a few posts on here.
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Random thought but while I had my sockets I thought I would check my thermostats.

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Good work Steve. You know it makes sense!
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I cant get the bearings out.... I have been hitting them with a sledge hammer most the night - and they aren't moving!

Anyone local got a press they could press the old out and new in?
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I cant get the bearings out.... I have been hitting them with a sledge hammer most the night - and they aren't moving!

Anyone local got a press they could press the old out and new in?
we've got a press Steve, think it's a bit far for you to come, but let me know if you're stuck
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Sure you had a nice big press Ben!

On a serious note though, thank you for the work all them years ago - they still looked brand new, no moisture on them
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no probs Steve, glad to hear it. She's done a few miles since then too!
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Ahhh!! I removed the other side tonight ready to get the new bearing in and a little more than the hub came off!

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Looks like I need new brakes as well!


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Ben - you able to get me some new brakes mate? I will go tonight and strip them down to get sizes and all that.


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Slowly getting there...

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Just need to refit the hubs and adjust the brakes.


The old cables were stuck solid, I hate to think how long they haven't been working as the more I think about it I remember last November it rolled away and I thought the handbrake wasn't on correctly.


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Finally getting done

Just need new nut caps and to give the breaks and adjustment and all set for the trip down to Caernarfon!

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Just hoping they don't fall off when I take the boat from storage next week to get packed up!


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