Trailer Repair

Do you own a trailer that needs to be repaired? Are there any trailer upgrades or parts you need installed? We will repair your trailer right here in American Fork so you don’t need to worry about it. There’s nothing like the peace of mind that comes from knowing your trailer is taken care of by true professionals. Our goal is to get you back on the road doing what you need to do like pulling a boat, camper or utility trailer.

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To get your trailer back on the road, schedule a time to fix your trailer. Use this discount code for 10% off up to $50 excluding tires: AFCleggAutoTrailer2020. Mention the discount code on the phone to receive the discount.

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What parts of the trailer do we repair and install?

At Clegg Auto in American Fork, we take care of every aspect of your trailer repair and installation needs. We can repair and install any part of your trailer such as:

  • Wheels and tires
  • Bearing pack/replace
  • Complete brake repair
  • Springs/suspension
  • Wiring/lights
  • Ball mounts
  • Hitch pins
  • Trailer balls
  • Trailer couplers
  • Safety chains
  • Trailer wiring harness
  • Trailer hitches
  • Trailer brake controllers in your vehicle

Our goal is to fix your trailer and make sure everything is working properly. We focus on taking care of everything to make your trailering experience as trouble-free as possible.

How to care for the tires/wheel bearings on your trailer:

Two of the most common questions we receive are how frequently should you have your wheel bearings packed and how long do trailer tires generally last? Because the last thing you want during your road trip or family vacation, is to endup with a flat tire or seized wheel bearing in the middle of nowhere, here are some tips to keep your trailer safe out on the road.

 

How often should you pack your trailers wheel bearings?

The wheel bearings support almost the entire load of the trailer. This takes a lot of stress and also makes them vitaly important. Some manufacturers recommend greasing and inspecting your wheel bearings, at least every 10,000 miles. Exceptions to the rule:

  • Frequency of use. If you’re someone who uses your trailer every week or commercially, we recommend they be inspected every 2,000 miles or annually; whichever comes first. 
  • Smaller tires. Smaller tires have to spin faster to travel the same amount of distance, which puts more stress on the wheel bearings. These wheel bearings should be inspected every 2,000 miles or annually; Whichever comes first.
  • Driving your trailer through water. If the water level covers the axles (ie. boat launching), we recommend having the wheel bearings inspected every 2,000 miles or annually;  whichever comes first.
  • Heavy loads. Excessively heavy loads creates excessive friction. We recommend having them inspected every 2,000 miles or annually; whichever comes first.

 

When should you replace the tires on your trailer?

A general rule of thumb from most manufacturers is 3-6 years. But it’s important to note that not all tires are the same or are used the same. More frequent, heavy use, or terrain traveled will require more frequent replacement than the manufacturer’s guidance stated above. Let’s break it down even more:


Mileage Covered:
Do you use your trailer pretty regularly or does your trailer sit for extended periods of time? The time spent sitting makes the tires more vulnerable to material breakdown/deterioration and oxidation. Lightly used tires can be more prone to breakdowns than more frequently used tires traveling across different terrain.

Type of mileage: That being said, we all know that the condition of backroads is much harder on tires then paved roads. If your trailer frequents those backroads, you would want to have your tires checked more frequently. Also, wheel bearings hold a major portion of the weight. If you start to hear a squeaking noise, it needs to be addressed before it turns into a grinding sound.

Age of Tire: While the above conditions are great to go by, they are not the only things to consider. Your tires age can quite frankly, be a blowout waiting to happen. No matter what the circumstances are concerning your trailer tires, if they have hit the 6 year mark and you’ve never had your tires checked, for the safety of you, your loved ones, and other motorists around you, they need to be replaced. Don’t be that guy who has a blowout on the freeway. Cracks in tires can happen on the inside where you can’t see them, as well as on the outside. And worn tread on your tires can cause your trailer to slide, or worse yet, slide and cause an accident.

Tire Type: Not all trailer tires can handle the same amount of weight. Know which tires you need/have and check the manufacturers specifications. 

Spare Tire: This is probably the most important “tool” to have with your trailer. Over time, the air pressure in your tire becomes less full. Be sure to have it checked whenever you’re having your wheel bearings checked. We also recommend having your spare tire checked when you first pull out your trailer after winter. TIp: In the event of a flat or blowout, be sure your spare tire is in a location that is easy to get to. It might surprise you as to how many people are stranded because they can’t access their spare tire when this happens.

 

How can I ensure my tires last for the 3-6 years suggested by the manufacturers?

There is never a guarantee, but there are 4 things that can dramatically increase your tire’s chances. 

  • Proper inflation.  This is the single most important, yet most neglected thing on trailer tires. A tire with low air pressure creates a lot more heat. The heat builds up and breaks down the tire to the point where the tire will separate.
  • Cover the tires when the trailer is parked.  The sun breaks down the rubber and will cause cracking in the rubber. This will lead to weakening the rubber and cause the tire to come apart.
  • Raise the ties off the ground when parked for and extended periods of time.  This is a good idea, especially in the winter. The tires will wick moisture out of the concrete and cause a breakdown in the steel belts.
  • Keep speeds below 65mph. Believe it or not, almost all trailer tires are only rated for 65mph. Increased speeds create excessive heat and will cause the tire to separate. 
  • As a note: Realize you may not notice the damage from these heat related issues right away. The damage will usually be invisible and may show up months later. So just because you made it home on underinflated tires going 80mph, doesn’t mean you didn’t shorten the lifespan of your tires.