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Trailer Tire Uneven Wear

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  1. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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    Just noticed that one of my trailer tires has considerable wear (tread completely gone) on the outside 1/4 of the tire. It is only on the driver's side, other tire is completely fine.

    Trailer was brand new Sept. 2015. 18ft boat with a gross trailer weight probably less than 1500lbs (boat 650#, engine #250, fuel/batteries 120#, other stuff 200#)

    Thoughts on what could be causing this?
     
  2. tomturkey

    tomturkey Elite Refuge Member

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    The axle on that side is bent.
     
  3. Sault Ste. Marie

    Sault Ste. Marie Elite Refuge Member

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    My buddy's trailer lately has been grinding the tread off both his tires. I think in his case that he needs to have the axle aligned. But in your case it might be what tomturkey suggests or possibly a bent rim that is causing it not to run true.
     
  4. Montauker

    Montauker Elite Refuge Member

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  5. Zane

    Zane Senior Refuge Member

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    Sounds like my enclosed trailer for carrying dekes into fields. Get it aligned and it fixes the problem. I have to get it aligned at least yearly, sometimes more. Damn frozen disked corn fields.
     
  6. dukmn

    dukmn Senior Refuge Member

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    Have you checked your springs? My trailer was doing that and one of the leaf springs had broken. Replaced springs and problem solved.
     
  7. Tuleman

    Tuleman Elite Refuge Member

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    Low tire pressure can be a cause of premature wear, too.
     
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    Olefart Senior Refuge Member

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    Spindle not welded into axel tube straight or its bent.
     
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    thatguy2 Elite Refuge Member

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    I'll just say when my 5x8 did that the axle was bent
     
  10. stevena198301

    stevena198301 Elite Refuge Member Supporting Member

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    With you saying driver side, I'd check the leaf AND the axle. If you'd have said the passenger side, I'd guess bent axle. That side tends to "go off-road" a bit more than the driver side.
     

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