Help with trailer spindle!!

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Scott85
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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by Scott85 » 23 Aug 2016, 17:42

Is this spindle alright or should I just replace the whole axle? There is pitting you can see from the picture and also there is a picture of the color grease in the hub. ImageImage


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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by KMixson » 23 Aug 2016, 19:30

Your seal surface looks to be pitted. If you can't seal that it will get water into it again. I would replace the spindle if possible. If not I would replace the axle. The thing about boat trailers is that they get warm when driving to the boat ramp. Then when you back that warm hub into the water it cools very quickly sucking water into the hub. This is where bearing buddies do their job at keeping water out. They keep pressure on the hub to stop water from being sucked into the hub when backing into the water.

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Re: Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by Scott85 » 23 Aug 2016, 19:39

It's almost cheaper to replace the whole axle then just the spindles.


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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 24 Aug 2016, 13:50

The area where the bearings ride look ok but you should polish them with emery cloth.
If the area where the seal rides looks a little iffy you could install speedy sleeves.
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Re: Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by Scott85 » 24 Aug 2016, 13:58

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:The area where the bearings ride look ok but you should polish them with emery cloth.
If the area where the seal rides looks a little iffy you could install speedy sleeves.
thank you. The trailer had something like it on it but it wasn't installed correctly


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Re: Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by Scott85 » 07 Sep 2016, 19:18

Ok I have a really dumb question.... I can't find the parts I need for a rebuild. The only part that had a part number is the outer bearing. The grease seal is the one that giving me a fit. Where would the grease seal go on this spindle because I dug the old one out of the trash and the only place it will fit it the square part with the rounded corners.Image


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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by CedarRiverScooter » 07 Sep 2016, 21:38

Seal should ride on the round diameter just before the square. Sounds like someone put in the wrong seal. No wonder it failed.

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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 07 Sep 2016, 22:30

You should have a long talk with the PO of the trailer.
Then kick his a s s.
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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 07 Sep 2016, 22:38

With the inner and outer bearings, races and seal installed and the hub on the trailer does the seal actually ride on the area of the spindle with the rounded corners?
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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by KMixson » 08 Sep 2016, 04:24

After looking at that spindle again you are going to need a spindle and/or axle. Your inner bearing is riding on the last round section of that spindle. Your seal will never seal the water out on that squared section.

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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 08 Sep 2016, 07:46

Trailer spindles came in several lengths.
It may be you have a short spindle which should have a matching short hub. Possibly someone replaced the hub with a standard length hub.
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Re: Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by Scott85 » 08 Sep 2016, 08:57

This is so confusing. None of the other measurement match up. I'll have to order each piece. I'm looking for a square axle to replace the old one.


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Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 08 Sep 2016, 20:49

How heavy is your boat and trailer?
You should be able to install a round axle.
What is the hub face measurement and the spring bolt center measurement?
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Re: Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by Scott85 » 08 Sep 2016, 21:11

lckstckn2smknbrls wrote:How heavy is your boat and trailer?
You should be able to install a round axle.
What is the hub face measurement and the spring bolt center measurement?
its just a 14' Jon boat maybe 150 fully loaded with decoys and blind. I don't have the hub to hub but oal is 70 1/2 and the distance from spring hole to spring hole is 50 1/2. I'm thinking about going this route since I go down a lot of rough roads.Image


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Help with trailer spindle!!

Post by lckstckn2smknbrls » 08 Sep 2016, 22:48

Interesting solution to your problem.
Let us know how it works.
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