View Full Version : do i need a new bearing, hub, or axle?

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 05:01 PM
Going over one of my older 6x12 trailers that i believe is a hawkline. it is a heavy duty single axel with either a 5000 or 6000lb axle rating. noticed that the passengers side tire was slightly kicked in and when jacked up had a slight wobble to it. the other side is straight and true. so the qusetion is what do i need to do?

01-16-2011, 05:11 PM
replace the bearings for sure on both wheels, take the hub off the axle and make sure the axle spindle isn't worn into a oval shape. If it is worn anything but perfectly round then the axle needs replaces. I used to work in a custom trailer shop for 2 years so I know a think or two.

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 06:08 PM
if i take the carter pin out the whole spindle comes out right? is there any way is the axel is bent to take it somewhere and have it "reformed"? thanks for the reply.

01-16-2011, 06:50 PM
Axles are cheap. if anything is wrong get a new one. We used to sell 2500lb axles for 75$! which is unreal. You need to take the grease cap off, take out the cotter pin and remove the castle nut.. then it will come off.

01-16-2011, 06:50 PM
Axles are not very expensive if you shop around. Yes remove the cotter pin and the nut and the hub and bearing assembly will come off. Now are you prepared to pack the bearings and reinstall a seal?

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 06:56 PM
im going to take a better look at it tomorrow. is the axel on a trailer 1 piece? or can i just replace half of it? also, looked into a new axel and had issues finding the one i need. it is either a 5 or 6000lb axle and it is a 5 lug.... most seem to be 8 lug. does anyone know where to find one?

01-16-2011, 07:22 PM
If you have a 5 lug it's not 5k it's probably 2500 lbs. Also if you don't know that axles are one piece than I suggest you just take it to a trailer place and pay the fee.

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 09:58 PM
its definately a 5000 lb or more axle. it says on the tongue of the trailer either 5000 or 6000 gawr and 700lb tongue weight. also, the tires on it are almost as big as my stock jeep cherokee tires and take 65 psi. i know that there has to be somebody out there who knows where a 5 lug axel is.

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 10:07 PM
or, is there a way to use my existing hubs and just ge the axel itself instead of a kit with everything with it?

01-16-2011, 10:19 PM
is this a dual axle?

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 10:23 PM
no it is a heavily built singe axle

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 10:25 PM
would this or something like it work? http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/product_200330515_200330515

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 11:03 PM
it is a single axle heavy duty trailer.... is it possible that the spindle itself/ bearings could be bad and only need to be replaced? like i said going to strip it apart tomorrow.

01-16-2011, 11:05 PM
it's possible.

01-16-2011, 11:07 PM
it is a single axle heavy duty trailer.... is it possible that the spindle itself/ bearings could be bad and only need to be replaced? like i said going to strip it apart tomorrow.

very possible it just needs bearings. have you ever repacked them since you have had the trailer? judging from your questions i would say no. as suggested it is probably better you take it in somewhere as this seems to be a little over your head.

Barrett Landscaping
01-16-2011, 11:14 PM
i have done it to my other trailer. not this one in a while. i know how to grease everything, just not how to diagnose the "wobble". even if i go somewhere i want to know what is wrong with it instead of being told that everything needs to be replaced when it dosent. had this happen with my billy goat where they said it needed a new engine and in reality it only needed a new seal :hammerhead::hammerhead:

Barrett Landscaping
01-17-2011, 12:24 AM
also, if the axel was bent wouldnt it not be "cambered"? it still has the bend in it, the hub on the one side has the wobble though

knox gsl
01-17-2011, 12:36 AM
Common 5,200lb and 6,000lb axles come with a 6 lug pattern and 2,000lb and 3,500lb axles come with a 5 lug pattern. I would check around to find a good trailer repair shop.

01-17-2011, 12:43 AM
yeah. that's what I was thinking. I've never seen a 5k trailer axle with 5 lugs, but we only dealt with 2 trailer manufacturers.

01-17-2011, 09:40 PM
5K axles DO NOT come in 5 lug only 6, anyway here is a place that sells Axles (http://www.trailerpart.com/) or anything else trailer related.

01-20-2011, 11:32 AM
My first thought is to check the rim.

01-20-2011, 12:15 PM
axles dont have any lug pattern... only the hubs have the lug pattern..

if you are not sure if the axle is bent, take a string and pull it taught across the sides of the axle to a corresponding point on the opposite side look for space between the string and the axle.if you have space on once side and not the other then the axle is bent.

if nothing looks worn slap in new bearings and races maybe 15 bucks pack the bearing reinstall the castle nut and see if the tires look "misaligned" again you can use a string or a tape and a straight edge(carpenters level) to check your alignment against the other tire/wheel on the opposite side of the trailer.

You could just have a loose castle nut as well...in which case id replace the bearing repack and get on down the road..