If your trailer is more than a few years old, it's likely that you will need trailer repair at some point. If you're not sure whether or not you need repairs and maintenance, there are some signs that you should look out for.
If you see any of these signs, it's time to get your trailer checked out by a professional who specialises in trailer servicing.
1. Your Trailer Is Harder To Control Than Normal
If your trailer is harder to control than normal, this could be a sign that there's something wrong with the steering gear. If this occurs suddenly, it could also be an indication of a problem with your brakes or suspension. However, if the difficulty occurs over time and only occurs when you're driving on certain surfaces, it may just mean that your tires are wearing out and need replacing. Trailer servicing can help you to avoid any problems with your steering gear and make sure that your trailer is well-maintained.
2. Your Trailer Is Skidding When Turning
This can be a sign of a problem with the brakes or suspension. If this occurs suddenly, it could also be an indication of a problem with your tires—perhaps they are worn down past the point where they can handle the weight of your load properly. Trailer servicing keeps your trailer safe and in good shape so that you will be able to pull your load without worrying about any problems with your trailer.
3. Your Hitch Points Are Loose Or Broken Off
Trailers come with hitch points that attach to the tow vehicle. These points are very important because they keep the trailer from swaying too much as it travels down the road. If these points are loose or broken off, your trailer will sway back and forth and possibly even break loose from your tow vehicle altogether. This can cause serious injury in an accident and could even cause damage to other vehicles on the road as well as property in the area where the accident took place.
4. Your Brakes Are Squealing
If your brakes are squealing, it may be because they aren't adjusted correctly. Brake adjustment is an easy process that can be done by any competent mechanic or even yourself if you know what you're doing. You should also check for leaks around the brake fluid reservoir and check for excessive wear on the brakes themselves. If everything checks out okay, then you probably just have some air trapped in between the pads and rotors, which can be fixed by releasing it with compressed air (or a pressurised sprayer).
Whether it's a minor issue or a more serious problem, if you own a trailer, there's a good chance that you'll need some sort of maintenance at some point in time.
Contact an auto service to learn more about trailer repair today.