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Wheel Bearings & Protectors

An important part of keeping your trailer in top towing performance is maintaining the wheel bearings and wheel bearing protectors. Bearings make the many machines and mechanical devices we use every day possible. Without them, many moving parts would wear down quickly from friction and require constant replacement.

Wheel bearings are designed to keep a trailer’s wheels rotating smoothly by automatically maintaining the correct internal pressure. They are crucial for the hub, tire and wheel to work together and allow friction-free movement and rotation.

Wheel bearing protectors are caps that keep dirt and water out of the wheel bearings while keeping grease inside the hub. They are spring loaded to keep constant pressure on the wheel bearings in any condition. This helps to prolong the life of the bearings keeping them from getting dry or dirty and wearing down over time.

There are a few tell-tale signs for when it is time to have your wheel bearings replaced. The most common and easily identified symptom would be a noise coming from the wheel or tire area while the trailer is in motion. This is often described as a grinding or grating sound that gets louder as you accelerate. Another would be uneven tire wear. The vibrations from a loose wheel can cause your tire to wear unevenly and need replacing.

Southside Hitch offers wheel bearing kits from Dexter. These wheel bearing kits come with high-quality, tapered bearings that are designed for high-speed use and can handle large radial and thrust loads. Also included in the kit are races, seals and cotton pins.

If you are looking to install or replace your trailer’s wheel bearings and protectors, call Southside Hitch at 804-378-1992 today. Our professional team will be glad to serve you. We can also handle all of your hitch repair and replacement needs too.

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