How long do trailer torsion axles last?

How long do trailer torsion axles last?

Subject: RE: Rubber Torsion Axle Life Expectancy? the lifespan is 15-20 years…. no matter how many miles towed or how stored (weight off frame, etc.)

How long do boat trailer torsion axles last?

Torsion axles, the metal parts, last forever, except when rust comes into play. The rubber rods is always the failure. Ball park life, when used frequently, like 2 to 3 times a year, is about 25 years.

How do you check trailer torsion axles?

How do you check a torsion axle? The first test is to jack up each side of the trailer and watch to see if the wheel moves down as weight is removed from that side, if on either side the wheel does not drop at least 1½” the axle needs replacing.

Do torsion trailer axles wear out?

Helpful Expert Reply: It is certainly possible for any axle to wear out enough over time to need replacing. Since the suspension is built into a torsion axle if the suspension part was to wear out pretty much the only solution would be to replace the axle.

Can you grease a torsion axle?

Remove the wheel from the trailer while the wheel is still slightly in contact with the ground and unable to turn. SOP is a cup covering the grease in the axle. When you pop the cup there should be viscous grease surrounding the axle nut and a cotter key.

Can torsion axles be rebuilt?

Torsion axles use internal rubber cords to provide the suspension motion and they really are not practical to repair/rebuild. Certainly any axle that was damaged in an accident should be replaced purely for safety reasons.

Can a torsion axle be welded?

No, you cannot. In fact you can’t even weld on them or the rubber melts, burns or just plain turns to charcoal. I’d never have another trailer with torsion axles myself, you’re just limited too much with modifications down the road.

Are torsion axles better than spring?

Torsion trailer axles offer a smoother ride and less maintenance. Leaf springs are more durable, less expensive and far easier to replace parts on. Selecting the proper axle is as simple as determining your application, and figuring out the loads you need to carry.

Can you raise a trailer with torsion axles?

There is a solution for you, but the lift kits you referred to such as # K71-725-02 will not work with welded on torsion axles. The best option is for you to simply remove your torsion axles and use the Timbren Axle-Less Trailer Suspension System # TASR5200S03, which is rated for 5,200 lbs and has a 4″ lift spindle.

Can a torsion axle be adjusted?

Adjusting torsion axles can be done, but you loose suspension travel. You can compress the torsion axle by use of a clamp between the frame and the axle. It is slow, and a pain, but it can be done fairly easily and safely – it is just tedious to operate every time.

How do I know if my torsion axle is bad?

If the deflection, or amount of travel of the wheels, on the torsion axle has increased, caused the trailer to bottom out, or is not the same on each side then that would be a good indication that something is wrong. Having the weight off of the tires if the trailer will be sitting in the off season is not a bad idea.

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