Axle Inspection: A Trailer Owners Guide

Mar 12, 2024 | Trailer Axles

Trailer Axle Inspection Guide

As the spring season approaches, ensuring your trailer is in top condition is crucial for safety and efficiency. We’ve compiled this guide to assist trailer owners in conducting their axle inspections. If you find your axle to be worn, broken, or rusted beyond repair, BlueSwift Axles offers high-quality replacement axles and parts to keep you moving safely.

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10 Axle Inspection Steps to Check Your Axles

  1. Check for Rust and Corrosion: Begin by thoroughly visually inspecting the axle. Look for any signs of rust or corrosion, especially in areas where water and salt might accumulate.
  2. Inspect for Wear and Tear: Pay close attention to the axle’s surface for any signs of excessive wear, cracking, or bending. These can compromise the structural integrity of your trailer.
  3. Understand the Angle: Camber refers to the tilt of the wheels relative to the ground. Ensuring the correct camber angle is vital for even tire wear and stable towing.
  4. Assess Camber Visually: Stand behind your trailer and observe the wheels’ tilt. A slight inward tilt at the top is normal. However, if the angle seems excessive, it might indicate an issue with the axle.
  5. Listen for Noise: Rotate each wheel by hand, listening for any unusual noises. Grinding or clicking sounds from the bearings can indicate wear or inadequate lubrication.
  6. Check for Movement: Grab each wheel at the top and bottom and try to rock it. Excessive play might suggest worn bearings or a loose hub, requiring further attention.
  7. Lubricate Bearings: Regular lubrication helps prevent wear and tear on bearings, a crucial part of axle maintenance.
  8. Inspect Seals for Leaks: Ensure that the grease seals are intact and not leaking. Compromised seals can allow dirt and water to damage the bearings.
  9. Measure Axle Alignment: Use a measuring tape to check the alignment of the axles. Misalignment can lead to uneven tire wear and poor handling.
  10. Look for Symmetry: Make sure that the axles are symmetrically aligned with the frame of your trailer. Any asymmetry could indicate an issue needing correction.


BlueSwift Axles Replacement Parts

If during your inspection, you discover that your axle is worn, broken, or rusted beyond what maintenance can remedy, BlueSwift Axles is here to help. We offer a wide range of replacement axles designed to meet or exceed OEM specifications. BlueSwift Axles come in Torsion Axles or Spring Axles with 2k-8k Capacities. By upgrading your axle, you can significantly improve your trailer’s safety, performance, and lifespan.

Inspections are important for safety

Conducting regular axle inspections is key to maintaining your trailer’s reliability and safety, especially with the challenges of spring driving ahead. By following this guide, you can identify potential issues before they escalate into major problems. And remember, when it’s time for a replacement, BlueSwift Axles provides the quality and durability you can trust. Stay safe, and enjoy the road ahead with confidence.