How tight should boat trailer bearings be?

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Correct Torque Rating for a Trailer Wheel Spindle Nut The nut on the spindle should be tightened until snug, with no side-to-side play in the hub and then backed off slightly, about maybe a 1/8 of a turn. If the spindle uses a castle nut and cotter pin or tang nut, tighten the nut finger tight until it…

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On the outside edge of the tire, the movement should not be more than 1/4" inch. Any end play should be barely noticeable. When you are satisfied with the adjustment, secure the cotter pin. Push the pin through the hole on the end of the spindle and through the notches on the nut. Then split the bottom of the pin to the left and right.

While servicing boat trailer wheel bearings isn’t sexy, it can prevent the loss of valuable boating time. The most effective way to keep your rig rolling is vigilance. How often to grease boat trailer bearings? Keep the bearings greased and take them apart and service them at least once per year. Here are some tips for boat trailer wheel bearing maintenance.

To pre-load the bearings, install the spindle washer and spindle nut onto the spindle with the hub and bearings in place. Tighten the spindle nut finger tight (until snug) and then with channel-lock pliers or a crescent wrench, tighten the spindle nut another 1/4 turn or about 15 to 20 ft pounds of torque. Now turn the hub ten revolutions.

There is no specific torque rating for the castle nut that holds your hub in place. We recommend tightening the castle nut down until it stops, and then backing it off to the next notch wheel the tang washer will fit into the castle nut. Over tightening the nut can lead to the spindles and bearings overheating, which can damage them.

You tighten them too much and you'll fry the bearings. I generally tighten them down with a wrench to make sure everything is seated and then back them off and make them as tight as I can with my fingers. Never had any bearing issues on any of my trailers doing it that way.

Thirty plus years of towing 10,000-15,000+ a year and never, ever lost a bearing or seal. FYI, bearing buddies are the cause of most bearing and seal failures. Well, the people that use them ruin the rear seals by pumping too much grease into the hub. That's another story though. Better to be a little loose than a little too tight.

Tighten the bearing for the first time. Thread the wheel bearing nut on until it is hand tight. Take your wrench and place it over the wheel bearing nut. Tighten the nut until it is firm and cannot be tightened anymore.

If you cannot keep your hand on the hub comfortably, the bearings are loaded to tight or in need of maintenance. Tighten the spindle nut finger tight (until snug) and then tighten the spindle nut another 1/4 turn or about 15 to 20 ft pounds of torque. Turn the hub ten revolutions, this will fully seat the races.

Step 1. Park the trailer on a level surface, then jack the wheel up and use an axle stand to support the weight of the trailer. NOTE: Never work on a boat trailer with only a jack to support it. Step 2. Remove the dust cap or the bearing protector from the end of the axle and clean off the grease with a rag. Step 3.

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