How do I know if my torsion axle is bad?

If the deflection, or amount of travel of the wheels, on the torsion axle has increased, caused the trailer to bottom out, or is not the same on each side then that would be a good indication that something is wrong. Having the weight off of the tires if the trailer will be sitting in the off season is not a bad idea.

You might get 20 years out of a rig that goes 10 miles back and forth to the ramp once a year, but you could lose a torsion axle in a month or two if you tow 7,000 miles each way even once a year, and we do – that’s why I like springs.

One may also ask, are torsion axles better than leaf springs? Clearance – Torsion axles are generally lower to the ground than leaf spring axles. With a lower center of gravity, torsion axles offer better cornering and improved handling. Smooth ride – Torsion axles have rubber cushions, producing a smoother ride than leaf spring axles.

Keeping this in view, do torsion axles go bad?

Yes, those can go bad over time, either with age or with abuse. If you think the tires/rims are different, just swap them from one side to the other and haul the same load. If the same spot rubs, it’s more than likely a failed/bent axle or you’re overloaded.

How does a torsion axle work?

Torsion axles work by using rubber cords or cartridges inside the axle tube to handle suspension travel and shock absorption. Torsion axles do not use leaf springs, but instead the compression of the rubber to supply the suspension support needed. Each wheel works independently from one another.

What is the purpose of a torsion bar?

The torsion bar is basically a length of metal rod anchored at one end to the car body and at the other end to the suspension lower link. As the wheel passes over a bump the bar twists. It returns to its original position when the bump is passed and restores the car to its normal drive height.

Can torsion axles be adjusted?

I have a Dexter torsion axle and the spindles are welded directly to the axle that goes into the housing. There is no adjustment. However on your axle it appears that you can in fact adjust the arm.

What are the different types of trailer axles?

There are three axle types. Straight axles: These types of axles are nothing more than a straight square or round bar. Drop axles: Drop axles possess offset spindles and drop slightly lower than a straight axle. These components include: Frame. Axle. Spindles. Bearings. Hubs. Tires. Wheels. Springs.

What is a torsion bar axle?

TORSION AXLE: The stiff competitor of the Leaf Spring Axle, is known as the Torsion Axle. Torsion axles mount directly to the trailer’s frame and are made up of thick rubber cords concealed inside the axle’s tubing. These cords are created to resist torsion and create suspension.

What is a drop axle trailer?

A dropped axle is the axle of a vehicle that is bent upwards towards the ends, i.e. the centre is ‘dropped’. Their ultimate development was in the float or milk float, where a dropped axle was used to give a low load bed for easy loading of churns or similar unstable liquid cargo.

What is a torsion axle on a boat trailer?

Torsion axles are a type of suspension for trailers that eliminate the need for leaf springs. They work by flexing rubber cords in the axle tube to create torsion and flex creating suspension for the trailer.

What is the hub face on a trailer axle?

Trailer axle hub face is the distance from the outside of hub mounting flange to outside of hub mounting flange, measured one-half way between top and bottom of the hub. The hub face is also known as the mounting surface where the wheel studs are located.

How long do trailer axles last?

If the axle rubber rods are not exercised, due to the trailer being in storage for 2 to 3 years or longer, then the life will be cut short to that same 2 to 3 years.

Where are Dexter axles made?

Dexter Axles are made in the USA with fully automated plants located in Indiana, Oklahoma, and Georgia.

What is slipper spring suspension?

Slipper Spring Suspension Slipper springs have an eye on the front of the spring and an arched open end on the rear, allowing the spring to “slip” on the equalizer or rear hanger.