OVERCOME THE ELEMENTS WITH THESE WINTER TRAILER MAINTENANCE & PREPARATION TIPS
This year we are in for a pretty bad winter, according to the experts. With that in mind, it is important to know how to be as safe as possible while out on the roads. Here are a few tips to help with trailer maintenance and preparation for Canada’s favourite season:
As we move forward into the winter months it is important to keep up with the greasing of steer axles as a preventive measure against corrosion. Grease will also help by providing resistance from the chemicals used to remove and melt snow on the roads. Also, it’s an excellent idea to ensure that the grease is fresh in all the bushing areas as this helps improve the longevity of the bushing life as well as the tie rod ends.
Monitoring your tire’s pressure is another preventative measure in your efforts to reduce tire wear and extend the life of the rubber. The cold decreases the pressure which in turn reduces fuel economy. Be sure to get those winter tires on and make sure the pressure is set to the correct PSI.
Another helpful tip for your self-steer axle: make sure to keep an eye on the torpress bag and its air pressure. The colder weather can certainly affect this, but if you find you’re having some issues in the operation of the axle, try reducing the pressure bit by bit to ensure you’re getting solid performance out on the road.
There is also a dust shield that is available for the Wabco Pan 22 disc brakes that was made to prevent contamination from reaching and building up between the brake pads and rotor. Highly recommended for extreme duty situations and it can be quite effective in winter conditions as well.
Stay safe this winter!