FAQ: How to grease my trailer axle?

Sep 23, 2023 | How To, Trailer Axles, Uncategorized

This article provides a step-by-step on how to grease your trailer axles.

Greasing your trailer axles is a simple process and can be done at home with a set of trailer jacks and grease. Follow this simple step-by-step outlined below to get your trailer axles greased and ready to go. 

  1. Jack up your trailer.
  2. Locate the grease cap and remove the rubber plug.
  3. Place the nozzle of the grease gun onto the zerk fitting found behind the plug. The nozzle needs to be completely engaged onto the grease fitting before continuing.
    Grease fittings, also known as zerk fittings or grease nipples, serve as lubrication points on bearing housings or other mechanical components.
  4. Begin pumping new grease onto the fitting using a grease gun. To evenly coat the bearings, spin the hub during grease application.
    Grease guns can vary in price, but there are options out on the market that are relatively inexpensive.
  5. As new grease seeps from the fitting, remove the grease gun.
  6. Push the plug back onto the grease cap.

Six simple steps and you have successfully greased your trailer axles! Depending on how frequently you use your trailer, you may need to grease your axles more than once per year.

If you are taking your trailer in for annual maintenance or other repairs, they will often always check the grease of your axles. To save yourself time from having to jack your trailer up, your local mechanic can also grease your axles and hub.