Greasing wheel bearings isn’t the most enjoyable way to spend your free time. And getting them done once a year saves you from bigger bills later.
Over time, grease breaks down. Heat produced by brakes speeds up the process. Since the trailer’s weight rides on the wheel bearings, keeping them well lubricated is critical for safe RVing and towing boats or camper trailers.
Bearings normally whine before they grind and ultimately fail. Unnatural sounds that vary depending on speed often indicate that the bearings need attention. It’s the proverbial squeaky wheel syndrome.
No parts are more critical for the dependable performance of your trailer than the bearings, races, and seals. To ensure that your trailer performs reliably, you should have your bearings, races, and seals inspected by a professional every 12 months or 12,000 miles, or at the end of every season.
Without routine maintenance of your trailer wheel bearings, here’s the progression you’ll likely experience:
- condensation occurs if wheels aren’t ‘rolled’ for long periods of time
- the condensation causes rust to form inside the trailer wheel bearing
- rust particulates can scratch surfaces inside the bearing housing
- scratches lead to friction and eventual bearing failure