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Old 02-14-2008, 07:16 AM   #1
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My wife and I are leaving on a trip to the SW in a couple of weeks. I was out looking at my 5er yesterday and noticed some unusual wear on the inside on one tire on the rear axle. It's obvious this has been occuring for a while. My guess is I have a bent or mis-aligned axle. How to you check for cause of this wear??
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:16 AM   #2
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My wife and I are leaving on a trip to the SW in a couple of weeks. I was out looking at my 5er yesterday and noticed some unusual wear on the inside on one tire on the rear axle. It's obvious this has been occuring for a while. My guess is I have a bent or mis-aligned axle. How to you check for cause of this wear??
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Old 02-14-2008, 07:37 AM   #3
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Elk Hunter,

First, I see that although you've been registered for quite awhile, this is your first post. Please feel welcome to jump right in with both feet.

What you're experiencing isn't that unusual - there's every possibility that clipping a curb, etc. has bent that particular end of the axle. There are trailer service shops that can handle axle alignments, although (like the making of sausage or legislation) you probably don't want to watch how they do it.

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Like Rusty noted, it may have a bent axle.

Also, welcome to iRV2.

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You could check the angle yourself with the use of a straight edge and a level. Compare it to the tire next to it for being the same angle. Make sure the trailer is level before you compare. Also measure the distance between the tires on both sides. You could have a axle issue, could have a broken string hanger, bolt or coupler.
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You do not indicate year/brand of trailer. So this is kind of a shot in the dark. Al-Ko had a lot of issues in 2002/2004 years. You are long out of warranty, so it is going to be on your nickel if you have those. Take it to a GOOD truck/trailer shop and have them check alignment. If as I suspect they are the dreaded Al-Ko axles from the bad years, it might simply be cheaper and easier to replace both of them with new ones.
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There's a possibility the tire is the cause, could be a broken belt causing it to wear on the inside. Try jacking it up off the ground and spin it by hand to see if there's any lateral run out or tread separation. Better yet, pull it and take it to a tire shop and have it inspected.

You might actually have a bent axle but I'm just suggesting eliminating the lower price problems first before having an alignment done.
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Pulling overloaded and/or pulling out of level will do this too.
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I don't tow overloaded or uneven. If I was, seems like the front tire would show wear as well. It doesn't. Changed the tire out today for my trip. Wear wasn't as bad as it looked, but there's definitely something going on. My guess is I've got axle problems. I'll deal with it when I get home.
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You need to check the spring and equalizer bushings/pins for excessive wear. If it has the plastic bushings, this could be the culprit. If it is, replace them with the bronze greasable bushings. Kits are available from Dexter Axle.
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