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Broken Hub?

Postby Jax » Mon Dec 30, 2013 11:28 pm

First off, I hope everyone had a Merry Christmas and will have a fun and safe New Year. My resolution is to spend more time on the water!

Now for my problem. I went to get the boat out of dry storage to bring it home. We were either going to winterize it or put a heater on it for a cold snap that came through a couple of weeks ago. I'm cruising down the road and a nice guy pulls up beside me and gets my attention to pull over. Thank goodness. I look in the right mirror as I'm pulling over and I can see a little smoke. By the time I get stopped there is a ton of smoke and I think I'm going to burn the boat up on the trailer. I get back there and the starboard side back wheel is sitting cock-eyed. No flat. The spindle, or bearing housing (I don't know the right terms, obviously) is broken. So the wheel is still attached to the lug nuts. But that thing is broken. So whatever you call that thing that you bolt the wheel and tire onto is hanging on the axle/bearing thing that sticks out the middle.

Luckily I had a nice heavy lifting hydraulic jack in my truck so I jacked it up and took the wheel off. Sunday evening at 6pm, impending 22* night ahead, I have to get the boat somewhere so it doesn't freeze. At this point, I'm closer to my house than to the lake. I used a ratchet tie-down strap and wrap it around the back axle spring and frame and tighten it up as much as I can. When I let the back down, the inner wheel cleared the ground by 2-3 inches. 12 miles to go, it took me about 30 minutes to get home -- thankfully the front axle tire took the load and didn't pop.

So now I have a 3600# of boat on a hobbled trailer. Frankly, I'm at a loss on how to fix this. It is a RoadRunner trailer. I think I will call them. Anyone ever had anything like this happen? Any suggestions on how to repair it and/or where to get parts in the San Antonio area?

I saw the picture of the fishing boat in the back of the pickup. I understand completely. I have had tons of tire/trailering troubles and, knock on wood, few boat troubles.

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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Muncie6spd » Tue Dec 31, 2013 8:19 pm

It sounds like you had a bearing failure; probably caused by lack of lubrication. If it's as bad as you describe most likely you will have to replace the spindle, bearings and disc rotor if disc brakes or the brake drum if it's drum brakes. On some trailers the spindle cannot be removed from the axle which will require the complete axle replaced. If you're not mechanically inclined I would recommend you take it to your local boat dealer for repair.

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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby AndrewT » Wed Jan 01, 2014 12:04 am

Hi Jack, I feel your pain , a few years ago I lost a
Wheel onthe freeway due to wheel bearing failure.
If you don't feel confident about mechanical work
take it to a workshop.
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Jax » Thu Jan 02, 2014 10:13 am

Yeah, I'm going to have a pro fix it. Thanks.
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby HOT PURSUIT » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:17 pm

:cry: :cry: :cry: BUT! You made it HOME :mrgreen: No experience? Agree with all, SHOP TIME

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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Jax » Mon Jan 06, 2014 9:53 pm

Got it taken apart, but spindle really gashed up. So gotta get a new axle. Bummer.
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby dancaravelle267 » Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:08 am

I have had the exact same thing happen to my 267 but the difference was that I tried to strap up my axle but the front tire rubbed the fender. The only flat bed my boat and trailer would fit on was a semi...so they loaded the truck and boat. $300 to go 8 miles to road runner trailers building. It was closer than my house.

I agree that you had a berring failure but not necessarily due to not servicing or greasing it. Mine were serviced as they should have been but road runner said they didn't tighten the castle nut that holds the hub on the axle properly. My trailer was one year and one week old (out of warranty) but they covered it. We had trailered on several long weekend excursions and to the local lake twice a weekend before it failed.
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Jax » Sat Jan 11, 2014 11:49 am

Thanks Dan! I considered going to RR, even though it is years out of warranty. I didn't only because of the distance. Hope I don't regret not using the manufacturer. We'll see.
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Jax » Wed Jun 04, 2014 10:36 am

A guy here in Boerne repaired the trailer and put bearing buddies on it for me. A lot cheaper than an axle. Hope saving the money doesn't cost me later. Pulls fine so far. Dragged it around the hill country some already.

So, before I screw it up this season, what do I need to do to maintain bearing buddies? Just keep them greased up? Anything else?

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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Muncie6spd » Wed Jun 04, 2014 1:54 pm

Jax,

Bearing Buddy's seldom need grease but should be checked just in case. What you don't want to do is put too much grease in them; that can put too much pressure on the rear bearing seal causing it to leak and get grease all over the inside of your wheels; I know this from experience. Normally 3 PSI is all that's necessary. The type I have on my trailer have a large spring visible between the hub and the plate the zerk fitting is mounted to; I check the pressure visually by seeing if the zerk plate will move a little side to side. If it's low on grease it will be seated against the inner wall and will not wiggle; add just enough grease to move the plate out compressing the spring.

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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Jax » Wed Jun 04, 2014 2:14 pm

Thx Mike!
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby Muncie6spd » Wed Jun 04, 2014 4:45 pm

Jax,

You're welcome; I would suggest using a manual grease gun with a hose on it rather than the rigid metal tip, that way you can see the plate move without putting too much pressure on it from pushing on the grease gun.

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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby dancaravelle267 » Fri Jun 06, 2014 12:02 am

Update on trailer repair. Road Runner trailers is out of business.
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby m_snow » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:56 pm

The axles are a common item. I have a trailer shop not too far from me that I use. Then there is "Northern Tool" here in Atlanta that will sell a complete axle for the DIY. Don't know what you have available in TX but I'm sure it's a common fix. Throw some money and time at it! LOL!

http://www.northerntool.com/shop/tools/ ... +axle-kits?
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Re: Broken Hub?

Postby m_snow » Fri Jun 06, 2014 8:57 pm

FYI, I had a shop replace an axle, with brakes. Cost was $400. DIY would have been $200.
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