When maintenance is discussed, the tractor is often the center of attention. The trailers are in general designed to last for a long time, but they still require some tender loving care. The following are some maintenance tips to consider to make sure that all trailer parts are in working condition:
Always check the air.
Remember that the tires cost a lot and they make up a huge part of the maintenance cost. The key to the trailer’s longevity is to make sure that the air pressure of the tire is just enough. That’s why it is recommended to have a tire pressure monitoring or inflation system to help those drivers who barely have time to check the air pressure as often as necessary. It is also necessary to check the regulator pressure once a quarter at least as well as the power fuse monthly.
Check the brakes.
You may check the brakes by following this procedure: while on the wheel’s end, check the angle formed by the air chamber push rod together with the slack adjuster. Make sure that the angle is 90 degrees. If this is not, at least the brake must be fixed since it is off the adjustment.
Always aim for prevention.
When it comes to trailer maintenance, prevention is paramount. Always look for the minor issues that if not fixed may lead to bigger issues. If there is anything that moves, slides, or simply goes up or down, it has to be monitored and inspected regularly.
Trailer parts that are vulnerable to wear and tear are many, but it helps to focus more on the following:
These may seem extraneous, but they happen to be one of the most crucial parts of a trailer. They keep all debris and dirt off the tires of your trailer. There are two types of replacement benders: the tandem axle fender and the single axle fender. These are often made of top-grade aluminum.
It is crucial for the trailer lights to work without a glitch. This means you have to be familiar with the wiring harness. This is what sends signals and power towards the trailer lights, which are required by law to be properly connected and working well. Most vehicles have the T-one wiring harness that is plugged into the trailer’s wiring system. If this is not the case, hardwire this with the help of quick-splice connectors.
Make sure that all your ply trailer tires are functioning right whether you have 6, 8, or 10 of them. They are the ones that will ensure that the trailer will go steady and grip the road sufficiently. Look for those that are well-designed ones that are reliable for all weathers. They must have thread patterns that are the same as those found in truck tires that can withstand all the rigorous demands.