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Uneven wear on trailer tires

Discussion in 'Trucks and Trailers' started by IN2MOWN, Apr 3, 2008.

  1. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I just went through 2 tires in 6 months on my single axle, 6X14 trailer.

    The insides and middles of the tires are completely bald while the outsides are worn but not bald.

    The guy I got the tires from said the axle is probably bent but I noticed that when I took the wheels off the hubs seemed loose and shaky.

    Anyone have any ideas...?
     
  2. mouse

    mouse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Wheels are loose and shakey? Check your wheel bearing they are too loose also how much weight are you hauling? a single axle trailer won,t haul very much. If you are overloaded that will cause the axle to bend in a ( u ) shape putting all the load on the outside of the tires. Hope this helps
     
  3. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I usually haul a JD stander which is right around 1000 Lbs and a 36 inch mower. Not to sure about the weight but I would say around 300-400 Lbs.
     
  4. mouse

    mouse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    Do you know what the trailer is rated to haul I am sure you would be ok on weight. Wheel bearings should only have a fraction of an inch of play like about 1/16 or so at the outside edge of the tire, also check if the wheel feels rough or make a rumbling noise when you spin it. Is the trailer new, if so wheel bearings sometimes seat in requiring that you adjust them after a few miles. Remember always support anything that you jack up before working on it. Hope this helps
     
  5. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    The trailer is rated at 2500 Lbs.

    The wheels do make a noise when they are spun and when I had the wheels off I spun the hubs and could what sounded like bearings moving around.

    Its about 10 years old or so.
     
  6. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    You need to beef up your leaf springs, i have 5K springs on my 7 by 12
     
  7. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    I just put new ones on about a month ago because one of them broke. I believe they have 3 leafs. I dont know what they are rated at though. I called my local trailer repair guy and gave him the measurements and he gave me what I needed.
     
  8. mouse

    mouse LawnSite Member
    Messages: 98

    probably needs new bearings
     
  9. Blueribbonlawns

    Blueribbonlawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 409

    i have 4 or 5 i dont rember but their alot shorter.
     
  10. IN2MOWN

    IN2MOWN LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,993

    Is that fairly easy job to do? Im fok at fixing things.
     

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