Often used by self-employed business owners, independent contractors, and livestock owners, trailers are designed to carry heavy equipment, travel long distances, and endure rough circumstances when constantly on the road. However, trailers can suffer wear and tear just like any vehicle. Damage to company trailers can cause days without work or pay, so being aware of the signs that your trailer needs repair is vital to keeping your trailer in good condition for the long haul.
Checking your trailer for visible damage every now and then is a good way to ensure that your trailer is in good shape. Any cracks, corrosion, or damaged spindles can mean it’s time to replace your axels. There is no need to check your axels every day but checking every few months ensures you will catch any damage in a timely manner. If your trailer was involved in an accident or taken on a rough ride, make sure to check its axels as soon as possible. Driving with damaged axels can cause significant damage to your vehicle, cargo, and other drivers.
A Rough Ride
If your trailer is bouncy, bumpy, or rough it may require repair. The easiest thing to check when you experience a bouncy ride is your tire pressure. If the pressure is low, there may be a leak or hole that needs to be patched. If your tire pressure is fine, your rough ride could be due to a defective suspension system. The best way to check this is to have someone else haul your trailer as you follow behind and watch how it moves on the road.
Knocking, clicking, or any other unusual noises coming from your trailer while driving is usually a sign that something is loose or damaged. If you think you’ve heard an unusual noise, turn down your radio and try to listen for any noises coming from the trailer. If you hear clicking, there is a possibility that your trailer’s axels are loose and are hitting each other.
Difficulty Moving or Braking
Having trouble with your trailer’s brakes isn’t uncommon because of how much they are used and how much weight they carry. If you notice any difficulty or lag in your braking, they will most likely need repair. If you are experiencing any difficulty turning or steering, your trailer’s axels could need repair. Damaged axels can cause stiffness and dragging as well.
Rely on Professional Trailer Repair
General maintenance on trailers will keep them in great condition and ensure your safety. With over 90 years of experience, Domer’s Inc is the perfect place for your trailer repairs. We have worked hard to build a positive reputation in Okeechobee and its surrounding areas, train expert technicians, and provide a large inventory so we can replace and repair your trailer in a timely manner. For more information about our services, call us today at 863-763-3417.