Unlucky (but also very lucky)

 Was coming back from the ramp when heard strange noise, so pulled over and. Like see the wheel wobbling I. The rear view mirror. As u can see.... cactus. Only thing holding the wheel on was the brake callipers! Not sure what went wrong, I have the bearings changed every year, last time being less than 6 months ago... always rinse, check for heat, allow to cool down before launching. Anything else I should be doing? This was only 5 minutes after leaving the ramp. Would like to avoid it happening again if at all possible!


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Sun, 2019-02-17 20:16

Wow, that’s kangaroo Edward, corrosion has killed it. 


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 that could have been real

Sun, 2019-02-17 20:26

 that could have been real dangerous. goes to show no matter how vigilant you are with things shit can still hit the fan. good you caught it before it was too late. 


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Wow thats pretty savage

Sun, 2019-02-17 20:32

Very lucky indeed you would not want to be on a big trip and find that problem in the middle of no-were. I bet you ckecked all the other wheels for integrity.

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I gather split pin

Sun, 2019-02-17 20:40

Was in ?. And you undone nut and washer.

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I hadn’t removed anything,

Sun, 2019-02-17 21:06

I hadn’t removed anything, was all gone. Had checked prev and pin was in. Must have snapped or something. This was exactly how it was when I pulled over

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S/s pin very rarely snap

Sun, 2019-02-17 21:16

Unless same one used many times. Weired . Never seen nut washer come off. Normally when bearing goes there still attached

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I would be looking for

Sun, 2019-02-17 22:00

I would be looking for someone else to service your trailer.



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Yup... definitely crossed my

Mon, 2019-02-18 06:58

Yup... definitely crossed my mind.... 

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Yep very unlikely to have

Sun, 2019-02-17 23:19

Yep very unlikely to have corroded away in that time no matter how cheap the bearing.

Split pin come out... 


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Mon, 2019-02-18 09:12

i would be ringing the service guy asap.just curious how far away from the ramp did it happen?is it poss someone pinched the cap and nut off it while it was in the car park.



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Size trailer

Mon, 2019-02-18 09:43

What size trailer and what brakes do you have if any? I have found with my big boat my brakes jam on and heat the hell out of the bearing. Iv had 2 fail like this one on the way to Abrolhos a few years back haha


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 Maybe check the other side,

Mon, 2019-02-18 10:45

 Maybe check the other side, see if there is a pin in it. 

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 Absolutely no need to change

Mon, 2019-02-18 10:52

 Absolutely no need to change bearings 12 monthly unless U are doing serious KMs...

Couple of times a year check them, ensure there is a tiny amount of play and not too tight or else you'll get heat through the bearings.

Slap a bit of grease back in and should be fine, 

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Dust Cap/Bearing buddy

Mon, 2019-02-18 20:45

Going by the amount of sand in the hub there was no dust cap on at the last retrieve at least, maybe a few dunkings? How long since you are sure it had a cap?

If the left side: Dust cap gone, sand/water in grease, bearings get hot/seize up, rotation puts pressure on the washer and nut trying to spin it off, split pin fails and the whole lot parts company.

If the right side maybe the same story, only you would still have the nut.

On the other hand the grease does not look real brown/rusty like it has been festering away for weeks so maybe a very quick failure. How long since the service? maybe never had a pin and lasted a few trips?

The main thing is your very lucky to spot it when you did, could of been real ugly. 

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Wasn’t bearing failure

Mon, 2019-02-18 21:08

Never in my life seen no nut and washer missing. Just my opinion could be wrong. No pin put in . Or old pin snapped. Mmm

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My bet is on one never going

Tue, 2019-02-19 10:49

My bet is on one never going in as the staino ones I use are an absolute prick to pull out even after trying to straighten them as best I can and I usually have to use multigrips and a hammer to tap them to coax them out.


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I do same

Tue, 2019-02-19 11:01

Muti/ hammer.

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hmmm interesting thoughts...

Tue, 2019-02-19 11:43

hmmm interesting thoughts... dont think it was the ust cap coz i sqw it there that morning....i had just hosed the boat off at the ramp 10 mintues before, and always make sure to do the tyres so would have noticed if somthing was amiss....all happened about 10 muinutes of driving at about 70km/hr on the way home form the ramp...

i have learned a lot from it tho,, certainly will be sure to check the pin every time i get it back form a service, also will ensure tie down straps even for short trips to the local ramp. certainly will be nervous on the next few drives....hate to think about potentialy causing an accident....

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 i would be checking the

Tue, 2019-02-19 17:09

 i would be checking the other one/ones to be on the safe side


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Bearing buddies are a good investment

Tue, 2019-02-19 20:14

Had them on a boat trailer living in Tom Price and did big kays with that sucker , couple of pumps of grease per trip , never failed a bearing, I would agree though perhaps a split pin issue was the culprit here


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No way

Wed, 2019-02-20 07:56

I am sure that you must have been vandalised. As above where is the nut. When they fail the nut is on and extremely rare for a nut serviced 6 months ago to just fall off. CCTV at the ramp???
I was at the receiving end of an act like this when parked and the insurance agents suggested this after my boat ended up on the tarmac. Bastards according to him undid the U bolt almost completely and sliced the Spectra winch line. When that snapped it placed pressure on the safety chain and this then broke out. He found evidence of both and thought that it was the cause. Wkers.


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