How do I know if my trailer spindle is bad?

Look for an scarring, gouges, discoloration, or scoring on the spindle. If the spindle is damaged then the bearings won’t ride properly and can fail again or it can cause other problems such as uneven or excessive tire wear and ride quality problems.

Can trailer spindle be replaced?

Expert Reply: To replace a spindle, the old one would need to be cut off, and the new one welded into place. The new spindle must be absolutely square with the axle in order to prevent premature tire wear and wheel tracking problems. …

When should I replace my spindle?

A spindle that has had excessive heat from a burned bearing will be damaged to the point that it needs replacing. Sometimes the bearing is stuck on the spindle and cannot be taken off. Other times the spindle is obviously damaged due the bearing burning up and hub falling on the axleshaft which rides on the spindle.

What causes a bad spindle?

Spindle damage can be caused by a variety of factors which can include but not limited to: high mileage, bearing failure, improper bearing installation.

How do I know if my trailer bearings need replacing?

Jack up the trailer and secure it on adequate capacity jack stands. Check wheels for side-to-side looseness – There should be a very slight amount of play in the wheel, typically 1/8-inch or less. If the wheels are loose or spin with a wobble, the bearings must be serviced or replaced.

Are trailer spindles welded on?

Most spindles are welded to the axle tube. To replace a trailer spindle, the old one must be cut off, and a new spindle welded into its place – and anyone who’s ever dipped a toe in the welding pool knows professional welding results are no easy feat.

Can a spindle be repaired?

A spindle that has only a slightly galled surface can be fixed. In the event the end of the spindle threads are damaged from abuse or the axleshaft breaks and oblongs the end of the spindle. As long as the spindle end is not split or metal is missing, the end can be welded up, machined down, and rethreaded.