Go Back   TeamTalk > Maintenance Tips, How-tos and Refurbishing Topics > Trailers

Thread Tools Display Modes
Prev Previous Post   Next Post Next
Old 10-09-2005, 12:49 AM
Holtrodj Holtrodj is offline
TT Enthusiast
Join Date: Sep 2004
Boat: 1996 Prostar 190
Location: West Michigan
Posts: 155
Trailer Problems

Today when I was pulling the boat home from the lake I had to stop quickly for a red light. I hit the breaks a bit too suddenly causing the surge breaks to activate quickly. When the light turned green I noticed that the trailer was pulling hard. Come to find out that the left side wheel is locked up, but not the right side. Luckily, I was less than a mile from home, but getting the trailer in the correct spot in the garage with one wheel roling freely and the other roling very hard was no easy task.

Here are the symptoms:
1) Right wheel rolls freely. Left only rolls with two or three people pushing very hard.
2) The tounge of the trailer is not compressed as one would expect it would be for the breaks to be enganged.
3) Break system has always worked very well. Break fluid is at is recommended levels, etc.
4) The rim on the left wheel was very hot when I finally got her in the garage.
5) There was a bit of a burning smell in the air durring the situation.
6) I have bearing buddies that are well greased. (I don't think the problem is bearings)
7) The trailer is a 1996 Mastercraft trailer for a 190. It is a single axle equiped with surge breaks.

Based on these symptoms, my assumption is that the break is locked up. Has this ever happened to anyone else? How is it best fixed?

I have an apointment at Action Watersports for the boat to be winterized on the 20th, but with the wheel not moving, I'm not sure how I'd get it there. Thanks in advance for your suggestions. Any help is appreciated.
Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

All times are GMT -4. The time now is 10:27 PM.