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Trailer Service Center

Just like any other
vehicle, your Leonard trailer requires routine maintenance to ensure that it is safe, performs properly, and lasts a long time.

Call 866-453-4409 to schedule
an appointment for your annual maintaince check-up.  
Regular service check-ups help aviod voiding component warranties.

Schedule Appointment by Email

** Note **
 If you recieved a post card offer for a free
10 Point Service Check, please mention it when you call to schedule your appointment.
Leonard Trailer Service Center
Annual Maintenance 0 Point Service Check-Up just $49
 1. Grease Axles if needed [easy grease axles only] 
 2. Check Tire Pressure
 3. Check Tire Tread
 4. Tighten Lug Nuts
 5. Inspect Brake System*
 6. Test Lights:
     brake lights, rear running, and turn signals
 7. Check Floor Boards
 8. Check Door, Ramp, and Gate Latch Operation
 9. Check Joints for Weld Stress (overloading can cause stress to weld joints, causing them to crack).
10. Check Jacks for Proper Operation
   
* if work is needed, a quote will be provided. 

[1] GREASE AXLES                                                                                     Return to previous page
How to Grease your axle




  Instructions for greasing the axle:


  1. Remove the rubber plug from the end of the grease cap.


  2. Place a standard grease gun onto the grease fitting located in the end of the spindle.  Make sure the grease gun nozzle is fully engaged on the fitting.


  3. Pump grease into the fitting.  The old displaced grease will begin to flow back out the cap around the grease gun nozzle.


  4. When the new clean grease is observed, remove the grease gun, wipe off any excess, and replace the rubber plug in the cap.


  5. Rotate hub or drum while adding grease. 

[2 & 3] -  CHECK TIRES                                                                       Return to previous page



Tire
Size
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4.80x12
175/85D13
205/75D14
205/75D15
225/75D15
235/80R16
235/85R16
Max. P.S.I. Cold
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90 psi
50 psi
50 psi
50 psi
65 psi
90 psi
90 psi
Trailer Tire Wear and Tear checkTrailer Tire Wear and Tear check

UNDERINFLATION: Wear on both edges: 
Underinflation of a tire reduces its treadlife by increasing the tread wear on its outside edges, or shoulders. It also generates excessive heat which reduces tire toughness. Finally, it reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance because soft tires make your trailer and vehicle work harder. Abnormal tire wear may also be caused by misalignment.

OVERINFLATION: Wear in center: 
When a tire is overinflated, the center of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges. Uneven wear reduces the useful life of a tire. 

CUPPING: Cups or dips in the tread:
Cupping (also called dipping) is most common on front tires, although rear tires can cup as well. It may be a sign that wheels are out of balance, bearings are loose or that suspension parts are worn out.

INSIDE OR OUTSIDE WEAR: 
If the edges of your tire tread take on a sawtooth or feathered appearance, it's because of erratic scrubbing against the road. The solution is an alignment correction.
If the inside of tire is smooth or shows signs of excessive wearing  it is likely the result of overloading the trailer.

[4] TIGHTEN LUG NUTS                                                           Return to previous page

Lug Nut Diagram
Use the dry wheel lug torque values specified in the vehicle's owner's manual, shop manual or obtained from the vehicle dealer/service provider. The chart below lists typical torque values that should only be used temporarily until the vehicle's exact torque values can be confirmed.

Since the thickness of an alloy wheel can differ from Original Equipment wheels, also verify that the lug nuts or bolts will engage the threads. Refer to the chart below to determine the number of turns or the depth of engagement typical for your stud or bolt size.

Hardware Bolt or
Stud Size
Typical Torque Range
in Ft/Lbs
Minimum Number of Turns
of Hardware Engagement
12 x 1.5 mm 70 - 80 6.5
12 x 1.25 mm 70 - 80 8
14 x 1.5 mm 85 - 90 7.5
14 x 1.25 mm 85 - 90 9
7/16 in. 70 - 80 9
1/2 in. 75 - 85 8
9/16 in. 135 - 145 8

Torque Stages
1st Stage 2nd Stage 3rd Stage
20 to 25 ft/lbs 55 to 60 ft/lbs 85 to 90 ft/lbs

When installing new wheels you should re-torque the wheel lugs after driving the first 50 to 100 miles in case the clamping loads have changed following the initial installation. This is necessary due to the possibility of metal compression/elongation or thermal stresses affecting the wheels as they are breaking in, as well as to verify the accuracy of the original installation. When rechecking torque value, wait for the wheels to cool to ambient temperature (never torque a hot wheel). Loosen and retighten to value, in sequence. Simply repeat the same torque procedure listed above.



[5] INSPECT BRAKE SYSTEM                                                 Return to previous page
Electric Breaks Brakes are required on some trailers (all tandem axles and some single axle based mainly on weight class).  

Brakes do fail and under perform from time-to-time and must be checked and maintained.

The most common reason for poor brake performance is improper brake adjustment.  Adjusting the breaks is a procedure that you can do yourself, although most people leave it to service centers.  

The second most common problem is faulty, improperly installed or improperly used wiring or electrical components.
The first step in isolating brake problems is to identify the amount of power going to the brakes.

We have trouble shooting procedures based on the nature of the issue:

> No Brakes
> Ineffective or Weak
> Intermittent Surging 
> Noisy
> Dragging 
> Locking or Grabbing

Example of "No Brakes" cause / procedure
diagram is to the right.
Trailer Brake - cause tree

Call your dealer or 866-453-4409 to schedule an appointment for your annual maintaince check-up.
 
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