We received a phone call from a young man who mentioned he needed a basic brake and bearing service on his jet ski trailer. Nothing out of the ordinary as this type of service is our core business. He mentioned it hadn't been done in some time but should be okay because the trailer hardly got used.
We attended onsite the trailer's location in Barragup and to our surprise the wheel was being held to the axle via what resembled a clothing coat hanger!! Talk about improvisation on the owner's part!!! We do not recommend this type of 'make-do'.
Because the trailer hadn't been serviced regularly, the bearings had overheated and ceased onto the axle causing the bearing race to disintegrate. The wheel and hub were spinning directly on the axle and had worn away the thread of the retaining nut. For those of you less mechanically minded, this basically means the trailer was CACTUS and in no state for the road!
You know you've been there yourself. We all have. You know you need to get it done, but no one will know if you put it off another few months or even a year. Save a few pennies. It can't hurt right? WRONG. Not having your trailer or caravan serviced yearly or every 10,000kms can cause expensive damage to your asset or even worse, can put your safety and the safety of other drivers on the road, at serious risk.
What could have been a simple service, ended up being quite a job and an additional expense for the owner. We had no choice but to replace the axle, two new hubs and install new bearings throughout.
Despite the extra expense, the trailer is now good as new and ready to rumble for this boating season and luckily no one was injured or killed! The owner has told us that he will be in touch BEFORE next boating season to have his trailer serviced. Lesson well learned he said.