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Old 28 March 2014, 13:47   #41
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Sun pad tomorrow and then try and work out what happened with the engine. I've had the plugs out top two well black bottom one not so bad on next to the bottom better than the top two

It's either not enough air or too much oil I guess. Air filter cover is off but as there are no filters it's not that. I'm going to run it up tomorrow on muffs without the cover on the air filter

Hopefully something will be obvious or I guess it's a carb strip doh
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Wheel bearings done. The other side had two flat spots loads of grease. I guess taking the front bearing out and greasing isn't necessarily enough. The whole lot need replacing but how frequently? I reckon doing it annually now. It's a messy job but a couple of hours and it's done
I do my bearings twice a year and take the brake cables off once a year
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sealed for life bearings, if very lucky get two seasons out of them, and that's just from the yard to the slip n back
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AA confirmed trailer covered if it breaks down up to 3500kg and max 2.3m width
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Yep, they don't like salt.

Out trailer is dipped twice a year and towed once. in 5 yrs the brake drums completely collapsed this yr. must be a better system it design surely.
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Wheel bearings done. The other side had two flat spots loads of grease. I guess taking the front bearing out and greasing isn't necessarily enough. The whole lot need replacing but how frequently? I reckon doing it annually now. It's a messy job but a couple of hours and it's done
think I'd be stripping them down completely at the start of each season Neil, for the cost of a set of bearings it's not worth the risk, and it's much easier to do on your drive than on the hard shoulder
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think I'd be stripping them down completely at the start of each season Neil, for the cost of a set of bearings it's not worth the risk, and it's much easier to do on your drive than on the hard shoulder
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I agree. I reckon I've just got away with it over the years. I usually take the front bearing off, inspect for damage and re pack with grease. Not any more after seeing the shape of the rear bearing I've just taken out.

That's a full strip once a year for me and a check at six months

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the 1st boat trailer I had didn't have any seals in the back of the bearing, which meant the bearings needed much more regular greasing and checking, I had that trailer for 20 years and only changed the bearings once, when I bought it, after that it just regular maintenance and lasted for years. these sealed for life bearings are crap, can't service them n lucky to get a full season out of them with regular towing, not my cup of tea
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Obviously not serviced HIS bearings.
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Balls! Thought I'd done my bit with the trailer service repacking them. It'd be just my luck for them to fail half way to Scotland!

For a natural born worrier like me this boating game is a NIGHTMARE.
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Balls! Thought I'd done my bit with the trailer service repacking them. It'd be just my luck for them to fail half way to Scotland!

For a natural born worrier like me this boating game is a NIGHTMARE.
re packing is fine, as long as you've had them apart to have a good look
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Balls! Thought I'd done my bit with the trailer service repacking them. It'd be just my luck for them to fail half way to Scotland! For a natural born worrier like me this boating game is a NIGHTMARE.
Just carry some spares
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Just carry some spares
I keep a spare set (or two) in the boat box that always goes with me - I've shrink wrapped them for long term protection.

I don't carry all the required tools to replace a set on the roadside, but the Green Flag man does and I can hand him the bearings he needs to make it all work again
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I keep a spare set (or two) in the boat box that always goes with me - I've shrink wrapped them for long term protection. I don't carry all the required tools to replace a set on the roadside, but the Green Flag man does and I can hand him the bearings he needs to make it all work again
Same here and 2 spare wheels and a grease gun
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I keep a spare set (or two) in the boat box that always goes with me - I've shrink wrapped them for long term protection. I don't carry all the required tools to replace a set on the roadside, but the Green Flag man does and I can hand him the bearings he needs to make it all work again
I carry spare hubs too! but I am unbraked !
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