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Old 05-18-2021, 08:19 AM   #1
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Spring Tires/Brakes Inspection Necessary?

My overall lightly used AS was not used at all in 2020 The brakes and tires were checked in spring of 2019. She's been stored outdoors. Do I have to get them checked this spring? I would imagine rust might be a concern, what else?
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I would jack each wheel up and do a spin test and test the brakes for function. If they were in good shape at the last service I probably would not pull a drum off unless it feels or sounds bad. I am in the same position but I bet I have some poor wire connections.
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I would jack each wheel up and do a spin test and test the brakes for function. If they were in good shape at the last service I probably would not pull a drum off unless it feels or sounds bad. I am in the same position but I bet I have some poor wire connections.
Yes, that makes a lot of sense. Hopefully we both put some miles on those tires this year! Thanks Bill! -Kim
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If you're not going to pull the hubs, would suggest checking them a couple of times going down the road to see if they get hot. Also, check the back-side of the hub when you get where you're going to make sure the wheel seal is not leaking.

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If you're not going to pull the hubs, would suggest checking them a couple of times going down the road to see if they get hot. Also, check the back-side of the hub when you get where you're going to make sure the wheel seal is not leaking.

Enjoy,


OK. Thanks rideair!
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Do a serious check of the tire rubber. On trailers, tires age out long before the tread is gone. Many manufacturers are recommending at a minimum a professional inspection starting at year 5 after manufacture (check the date code on the tires). Some manufacturers recommend replacement at 5 years. Part of what keeps tires healthy is the constant flexing they under go. My understanding is that the flexing "lubricates" the rubber and keeps it healthy. Also since it has been parked, you may have some flat spotting, though a drive may work that out. Finally, were the tires exposed to sunlight? Those that were will have aged more than if they had been in the shade.
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