In Cleveland, September is still boating season! But, we all know the end is near. While you may want to take your boat out another time or two, you need to consider what the season has done to your boat trailer – and especially, its bearings. Take care of the bearings before you put your boat away for the season, and you can look forward to taking it out again on the first nice weekend next spring.
Before You Store Your Boat Trailer
When boating season ends, it’s time to clean and repack the bearings with fresh grease and replace the seals on your trailer!
Not excited about that? We understand – it’s not a glamorous job, but it’s important to clean and repack the bearings before you put the boat away for the winter. There is a good chance that moisture has entered your hubs, regardless the type of bearing protectors used. Doing it now is the best way to avoid additional cost in the future. (And let’s face it – that first warm weekend in the spring, you want your trailer ready to roll – right?!)
Moisture: How Bearings Go Bad in the Winter
If you fail to clean and repack the bearings before storing your boat for the winter in a climate like ours here on the North Coast, any remaining moisture in the bearings will freeze and thaw, causing corrosion and pitting in the bearings. Bearings in this condition will heat up with use, cause the grease to breakdown and result in bearing failure.
A catastrophic bearing failure can result in a damaged hub.
Or worse, a ruined axle.
Or much worse – a blown tire resulting in property loss or even the loss of life.
Cleaning and repacking the bearings on your boat trailer is no fun, but it’s gotta get done. Do it now or make an appointment to have it done by the professional staff at JTI Inc. It’s not a glamorous job, but one we’re happy to do. Stop in with your trailer today!
Keep your boat trailer in good shape so you can enjoy more time on the water – this season and next. See JTI for the parts you need, or bring your boat trailer in so we handle bearing clean and repack and other maintenance for you. JTIinc.com 440.232.4311