How to replace trailer wheels?

 

Although many people resort to keeping spare tires, it is more advisable to keep trailer wheels with tires. This is mainly because when you buy a trailer tire duo, they often come in the best combination. Not all trailers are compatible with the different wheel options available for your vehicle. Also, tires tend to wear away faster when you are covering more miles in a go. Changing wheels may come off as the sensible thing to do, but when you are changing the trailers, you also get to inspect the studs and the wheels. This way, you will be more prepped up before you hit the road. Also, it is more sensible to have an inspection in the driveway than out on the road. Since tires wear out at a constant rate, most people find it safer to change tires in pairs. It is also advantageous to do so, because, you will get done with both the tires together, thus saving time. Here are a few tips on how to change your trailer wheels.

  1. Loosening the nut

The very first thing you are required to do before replacing the trailers is to loosen the lugs. Since these are screwed up very tightly, you can only break them using a lug wrench. This will release the hold on trailers, thus making it easier to remove them. After you are done with this step, you can use a jack to lift up the trailers.

  1. Using the jack

When you are using the jack, you would want it to hold fast to the surface. This is possible only if you spread out the pressure on the area you are jacking from. You can do this by using a strong and flat wooden platform. This will provide a stable platform to the jack. When the tire is sufficiently lifted, you are ready to move on to the next step. However, if the tire has been punctured, make sure that you’re lifting a little higher as the inflated tire will be occupying more space.

  1. Check the wheel hub

When the jack is sufficiently high, you can replace the trailer wheels. Take advantage of this time and also inspect if your wheel hub and the screws are in the right condition. If your bearings need replacement, do it now.  If you still have more time in hand, also check the brakes.

  1. Inspect the lugs

Most trailer wheels have differently shaped lugs. Some of them are slightly tapered towards one end to give a tighter hold. This will also ensure that the tires are in the right orientation when you replace them. Also, make it a point to check if the threads on the lug nuts are still good.

  1. Replace the tires

After you have put the replacement trailer wheels in the stud, tighten the lug nuts by hand. This will allow you to put them back with correct precision. You can then use a torque wrench to tighten it up. If you are using a lug wrench, make sure that you are not over tightening them. Release the jack, and you are good to go.