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How do I tell if I have a malfunctioning torsion axle?


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So I went to Lake Powell and had a great time.

The stretch of road from Lake Powell to Kanab Utah is brutal. Rough as crap, 100+ degrees at the time we are leaving, and 70 MPH the whole way (OK, I was only supposed to go 65).

We stop at the Pizza Hut in Kanab for grub. I do a walkaround on the tires because the road has already taken tires from me before. I find that my right front tire is very hot, noticeably warmer than the others. The tread is bulging in the center all the way around the tire. So I figure I caught her just before she was about to blow. I change her out in the parking lot and figure all is well. Although the tires are only a year or two old.

The wife then says: 'I meant to tell you that when I parked the trailer at the marina, I thought it wierd the right rear tire was off the ground, even though the trailer was on a completely flat parking surface'. Hmmmm. I won't be able to test this out until I get to our local lake, which might be a week or two from now.

When I get home, the right front tire is again noticeably warmer than the other tires, but thankfully it did not blow, or get funny looking.

I am theorizing that my rear torsion axle is failing and all of the weight is on the front tire on that side, thus producing more heat and stress.

Is that possible, and is there a way a guy with moderate mechanical experience, and ordinary tools can check out this? Or is it better left to a dealer?

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Glad to hear your trip when good and made it home safe.

Does your trailer sit level when mount to your tow vehicle, if the tongue is pointing downwards, you are putting more load on the front axle and wheels.

If that is not the problem you can fix the back axle by this: (if you have an extreme trailer)

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