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Old 05-15-2012, 04:25 AM   #1
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Are these axles bad?

When I jack up the brake drum from the bottom, I get 3/4" movement then the trailer lifts up.
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Old 05-15-2012, 05:55 AM   #2
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It appears you do have some down angle on the arms, a pic from the inside would help. As you load the axles you would like to have 3-4in of movement, not past the horizontal.

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Old 05-15-2012, 06:18 AM   #3
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The rubber in your axle has aged and become hard. They therefore will not flex when they come to a bump in the road and all the force will be directly transmitted to the body of the trailer. This is bad. Your axles are shot and no one is in the business of fixing them. You should plan on replacing them, if you intend to travel very much.
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Old 05-15-2012, 06:59 AM   #4
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Roger, put a jack under a brake drum and measure how far you can raise it before the trailer raises off the jack stand. A bad axle is 1" a good axle will have 3-4" at least.
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Old 05-15-2012, 07:00 AM   #5
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Look at the bright side of things, after spending the cash for the axles you'll save tons of time not having to pick everything up off the floor after going down the road for more than five miles!

Remember in life, you can always make more money but you can't make more time.

Oh, and if you're going way of Avonton, Ontario I know a guy that can put them on for you.

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Old 05-15-2012, 07:28 AM   #6
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i hope nobody is putting a jack under the brake drum!
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Old 05-15-2012, 08:50 AM   #7
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i hope nobody is putting a jack under the brake drum!
Why not?
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If you get the pressure point from the jack on the "mouth of the bell" of the drum you could very easily crack it or make it out-of-round.
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If you get the pressure point from the jack on the "mouth of the bell" of the drum you could very easily crack it or make it out-of-round.
How many times do I have to post this pic?


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A much better approach would be to measure from ground to wheel well molding with AS sitting on ground with tires in place.

Jack up as Bob shows, until tire(s) just leave the ground.

Measure from ground to wheel well opening.

Subtract first number from second and you have "axle drop" figure.
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When I jack up the brake drum from the bottom, I get 3/4" movement then the trailer lifts up.
They are about as hard as they get. Don't worry about the drums, you get new ones with the new axles.
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I agree, drums are being replaced with axles.
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I love that pic. Keep positing it! In fact I think I will go jack up my trailer this weekend. Seriously, I really am, I have to put on new shocks...
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I love that pic. Keep positing it! In fact I think I will go jack up my trailer this weekend. Seriously, I really am, I have to put on new shocks...

Actually.....I have more.

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