CRUNCHER Trailer Traders
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Services

In order  to professionally service all makes of Trailer, Cruncher carries specialized tools and equipment. Some work can be done by owner/operators but remember we are here when you get into trouble.

Annual & Semi Annual hub / bearing service:

  • When we do hub service we check the bearings professionally.
  • If so equiped we test electric brakes and visually inspect at least one for servo wear.
  • If so equiped we test hydraulic brakes and service the bleeders.
  • All components are visually inspected.
  • During annual or semi annual service as required by your trailer; we check the brake and light wiring.
  • We visually inspect the entire trailer from underneath for loose bolts / parts etc.

The service call is $80 and that covers the first1/2 hour of work. We can usually service a single axle trailer with internal lubricating hubs in that time. Add another 1/2 hour for a second axle. Add one hour per axle for trailers equiped with Buddy Bearings.  

Some owners ask how to service their trailers them selves. How to service internally lubricating style spindles is on page #2 If your trailer has buddy bearings:
 
The recommendation of the axle manufacturer is to fill the Buddy bearings every time they are used. However the grease inside DOES NOT last forever. Annual service is required. The proceedure is much more involved though. The list of tools and parts required is too long to list and service by a professional is strongly suggested. Below is just a thumbnail quide highlighting some of the important items to be addressed.

Step 1. Place a suppost under the tongue and take the weight off the tongue jack.

Step 2. Jack up one side of the trailer from rear at a time.

Step 3. Remove one hub. It is not necessary to remove the wheel unless removal of the brakes is un avoidable.

Step 4. Remove the rear seal and all bearings. We sell a tool to avoid the removal of bearings from the hub, contact trailerguy@cruncher.us for more info.

Step 5. Wipe off the external grease from the bearings. It is not necessary to remove the grease from under the cage. Whether your repack with a tool or by hand you will see the old gease pushed out to be replaced by new grease. If you can't see the bearing during repacking, you are not doing it right and bearing failure is ineviditable.

Step 6. Re-install bearings and seal. Remount the hub assembly onto the spindle, tighten the nut until it will not turn any more and back off just enough to allow the securing method.

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Five rules in detail:

#1 Tire pressure must be maintained according to the info printed on the tire. This pressure should match the manufacturer info on the vehicle identification sticker of the trailer unless the tire TYPE has been changed (IE upgrading from bias ply to radials).

#2 The brake fluid level must be full at all times to maintain the integrity of the system by keeping air out. 

#3 The proper way to check lug nuts is to use a standard four way. Tighten each lug nut in turn in a star pattern. This means never checking 2 adjacent nuts; rather alternate in a star pattern. At least twice a year it is recommended that after you tighten each nut, you loosen it all the way to the end of the treads, and retighten. Check again after 20 & 50 miles. This will assure that the wheel can be easily removed in the event of a flat.

#4 Trailer hubs must be serviced usually for grease filled systems twice a year or every ten dunkings. Oil filled must be checked every trip. Must oil filled hubs need a complete change every year and immediately if the oil becomes emulsified or discolored.

#5 Steel parts, even on aluminum trailers need protection. If it is on a boat trailer it is a violation of federal law to use Petroleum based products on the surface. Doing so can result in a $5000 fine and six months in jail.

The best protection for steel parts is plain SILVER SPRAY PAINT. Numerous studies have been done and the results all conclude that since SILVER SPRAY PAINT usually has a small amount of phosphoric acid (more commonly called an Osphoric solution) which treats steel as it coats.

The best time to paint a boat trailer is after a day of boating, when you return to the ramp, your trailer has been sitting in the sun for hours. the steel will be very warm. Move the trailer away from other vehicles to avoid over spray. Use a medium coat (not too thin but no need to make the paint run either) on the springs, undercarriage hardware, wheel backings, and any steel parts. Avoid directly spraying any exposed brake hardware such as brake Discs or calipers. You may also spray the lug nut to preserve them HOWEVER regular checking works best. Never use a spray paint around a loaded trailer. Due to the construction of boats and the presense of their batteries onboard they act like giant electrostatic magnets.

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