Users' questions

Can torsion axles be repaired?

Can torsion axles be repaired?

Torsion axles use internal rubber cords to provide the suspension motion and they really are not practical to repair/rebuild. Certainly any axle that was damaged in an accident should be replaced purely for safety reasons.

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.

How often do torsion axles need to be replaced?

As a general rule of thumb an axle that is 15-20 years old probably needs replacing.

Do trailer torsion axles wear out?

Helpful Expert Reply: It is certainly possible for any axle to wear out enough over time to need replacing. Since the suspension is built into a torsion axle if the suspension part was to wear out pretty much the only solution would be to replace the axle.

Can a axle spindle be replaced?

As long as the spindle end is not split or metal is missing, the end can be welded up, machined down, and rethreaded. A spindle that has had excessive heat from a burned bearing will be damaged to the point that it needs replacing.

Do torsion bars go bad?

Torsion bars are long metal springs that are used in low-cost car suspension. Torsion bar suspension is used because it is cheap and durable, but it can still go bad. Most often torsion bars are damaged through impacts on the undercarriage or through rust.

Are torsion axles good?

Torsion axles are great. They’re their own shock absorber, they fit places a regular axle won’t, and there’s fewer moving parts (two bolts on each side of the frame are their only mountings, too).

What is half axles?

A half axle is a component used on an independent suspension and is found in vehicles such as a Corvette, Jaguar XKE or some versions of four-wheel drive trucks. The axle shaft runs from the solidly-mounted axle differential to the wheel or halfway across the suspension, hence the term half axle.

What is a torsion axle on a boat trailer?

A trailer torsion axle is a type of axle that uses no spring or shock absorber to cushion the ride of the trailer. Made of a spring-type steel tube within a tube, the trailer torsion axle flexes and rebounds by twisting the wheel hub assembly on a torsion tube mounted inside of a hollow axle tube.

What is a rubber torsion axle?

Rubber torsion axles are an evolution of the metal-spring torsion axle, which has been around for some time. These axles can offer a significant improvement in ride quality versus a traditional leaf spring, but aren’t entirely free of compromise.