3 Signs Your Trailer Axle is Bad

Nov 29, 2022 | Trailer Axles

The following guide answers the popular question – When is it time for trailer axle replacement? 

Investing in quality trailer axles is a must. Since trailer axles can’t be easily adjusted or repaired, replacing your axles at some point during your trailer’s lifespan is inevitable. Be on the lookout for these 3 signs, telling you that it may be time for an axle replacement. If you ignore these axle replacement warning signs, you may cause additional stress and wear and tear to other parts of your trailer. 

Tire Wear & Uneven Treads

If your trailer tires are wearing quicker than normal, or you notice an issue with your tire’s traction, your trailer axles may be the culprit. Potholes and gravel travel are your axle alignments’ worst enemies. If your axles are out of alignment, this causes excessive wear on your tires and can damage your suspension. 

The chart in this article is a helpful resource to help you diagnose your trailer tire wear and uneven treads. If the axles are out of alignment, this may cause the trailer to pull to one side. Alignment issues can also cause uneven wear and tear on the tires. 

Rusty Axles

Rusty axles are an early warning sign that they may need to be replaced. While a little rust may be due to your location, weather elements, or the age of your axle – axles with flaky rust or metal should be replaced as soon as possible. 

Left untreated, rust can spread to other parts of your axles, breaking them down and weakening your axles. Rust can diminish the amount of life you get out of your trailer axles. 

Trailer Movement

Pay attention to the rise of your trailer and how it feels on the road. When every road bump or turn is making your cargo fly all around the trailer, you may have a suspension issue. Since your axles are part of the suspension system on your trailer, this is a sign they may need to be replaced. 

Take Action Quickly

As soon as you notice rust on your trailer axles, uneven tire wear, or issues with trailer movement, act quickly to resolve it. The longer you ignore these signs, the worse the axle damage may be. Having your trailer fail in the middle of a haul costs you money from downtime. Also, it can be dangerous for you and other drivers on the road. Prepare to replace your axles as soon as you notice they are going bad. 

Axle Replacement from BlueSwift Axles

The BlueSwift Axles team is here to help you minimize costly downtime with our fast 48-hour replacements. Additionally, our easy-to-use online ordering system makes finding what you need simple and quick. Our axles are engineered and manufactured in Iowa. Choosing BlueSwift Axles means choosing quality, American-made components designed to last. and keep you on the road for years to come.