Maintenance Tips for Your Trailer
While trailers certainly aren’t as complex as a vehicle, they still require regular care to stay in good working order. Failing to provide consistent maintenance on your trailer can lead to deterioration of vital parts, resulting in expensive repairs. There are a few parts that must be maintained to avoid costly trailer repair. Here are a few maintenance tips to keep these parts – and your trailer – working properly.
Proper maintenance of tires is a no-brainer. Tires should be properly inflated to extend the life of your tires and ensure more even tire wear. Check the tire pressure regularly, preferably before driving, as this will increase tire pressure and not give you a true reading. Also, inspect your trailer tires regularly, looking for cracks or feathering in the sidewalls and checking for uneven wear, which could be a sign of poor inflation or undercarriage issues.
Your trailer’s electrical components also need to be maintained. Much of this relies on simple visual inspection. If you notice a light not working, check the electrical plug to ensure that it is clear of dirt and other debris that could result in a poor connection. Bulbs or wiring could be another issue, as these will wear out over time. Check the wiring and the rubber grommets to ensure they are intact and not corroded, and repair or replace them if needed.
If your trailer has wood or metal flooring, you should also be taking steps to maintain it. Wood and metal that has been exposed to moisture will begin to rust and rot over the years, so if possible, keep your trailer in a dry place. Use a broom and compressed air to clean it, rather than a pressure washer. If you find yourself unsure about the structural integrity of your flooring consult a professional.
It should come as no great surprise that maintaining your trailer’s brakes are a must as well. Brake pads, drums and disks should all be checked periodically, but depending on your comfort level and skill in working with brakes, this may require the assistance of a service professional.
Not everybody has the time or desire to undertake trailer maintenance on their own. That’s where Supreme Truck & Trailer spares East London comes in. Our technicians are well-versed in all aspects of trailer spares, and we can ensure your trailer stays in top-notch condition.