Repair of Trailer bearings and electric/hydraulic brakes

Hi brains trust,

Need my bearings done and repair to UFP hydraulic brakes.  Preferably mobile as front discs are locking up.  Boat is in Fremantle, can take the boat off the trailer to make it easier, need someone if possible in the next couple of weeks.  Have tried TowSafe but they are booked out for 4 weeks.  Any suggestions or recommendations?

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Just got someone called Top Line

Tue, 2024-03-19 17:16

Trailer bearings, mobile and about $120/hour so sounds ok.  will update for future reference.


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Wed, 2024-03-20 13:36

Hi Wagyl

I used Vautex in december 2023 (yes December!) as they were the only people available and they were mobile.


Their invoice shows $200 for servicing, and $121 p/h for callout from Bibra Lake and back.


The dual axel trailer needed new wheel bearings, hub seals and new brake shoes.


Total came to $1,021.


hope this helps 


 "I couldnt fix your brakes, so I made your horn louder"

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Thu, 2024-03-21 18:25


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Not wrong

Fri, 2024-03-22 11:09

 You are not wrong there.

For that price I'd be looking at sitting down and watching utube shows on how to replace bearings and fix trailer brakes for hours in case it happened again.

Still, one felt guilty when I changed a set of wheel bearings on a tradies trailer for $100 when I was at Wooramel and he was a chippie with no idea on how to do it himself


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 Everyone that tows a trailer

Fri, 2024-03-22 12:17

 Everyone that tows a trailer should learn how to do bearings, it's not that hard.

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 Yep do mine and costs me the

Mon, 2024-03-25 12:09

 Yep do mine and costs me the price of the bearings around $50

Mate of mine who was not mech minded had his done by someone up at our holiday place  (A supposed favour) and charged him $400 for the pleasure on a single axle trailer no brakes.  &unt act imo. 

I said said mate I'd show him how to do them. 


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Hey, thanks Eric

Thu, 2024-03-21 06:30

Will see what happens, I think the problem is not going to be the bearings but the stuck calipers, will see what happens.

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Thu, 2024-03-21 19:32

 Have you tried spitfire? They do servicing. Just not mobile.

Not far from freo so you might be able to get it there without the boat as you wont need brakes

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Bearings easy but I found it

Fri, 2024-03-22 13:11

Bearings easy but I found it cheaper (time wise) to just replace whole calliper rather than service. I used to change mine out every 2 years and never had a single problem

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 Is that with Hydro bearings

Mon, 2024-03-25 11:59

 Is that with Hydro brakes or just mechainical? 

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The calipers

Sat, 2024-03-23 07:23

are reasonably new, were on the boat for 2 weeks with a couple of dunkings and hose off, then removed, washed down and soaked in lanox.  I assumed they would be OK to put back on, but then 2 of the 4 locked up.  So went to buy a new set of UFP calipers yesterday, they only have them in Dacromet which is zinc coated steel bodies.  Mine are cast aluminium.So will try to free mine up, and as well I have 2 stainless bleeders that are unmovable in the aluminium housing.  I have cancelled the guy to do the bearings as I am no longer in a hurry to get the job done.  Will take the brakes off AGAIN, have a play and then take them to a brake place if I have to.  I might be better off converting to Aussie Brakes, not sure.

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Problem solved

Wed, 2024-03-27 18:31

Brakes were RS so bought new calipers, and watched youtube and did the bearings myself.  First one an hour to do, until I figured out a claw hammer can rip out the seal easy, so then about 20 minutes each.  S##t I'm good now.  Will fit the calipers when I need to put it on the road, then remove them while parked up at Fremantle.  Thanks for your advice guys, just needed a push.

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 Most bearing places also

Wed, 2024-03-27 18:39

 Most bearing places also have race removal tools which are a good investment if you are going to do them from now on. 


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