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Replacement Axle for 1981 Wells Cargo Enclosed Trailer That Shows Uneven Tire Wear  

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Hello, I have a 1981 two-axles 8x18foot Wells Cargo enclosed trailer. One of tires treads is already worn out hinting that one of my axle spindle is bent. I have a spring type axle and looks like all you sell are straight axles. Do you have any spring axle? Thanks.

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Uneven tire wear can indicate any of several problem conditions. If a tire tread surface wears on its outside edges more than it does in the middle of the tread then this generally indicates under-inflation. If it wears more in the middle than on the sides this indicates over-inflation. If the two tires on an axle both have more wear on the inside edges of the tread then this usually signals that the trailer has been overloaded. A bent spindle is of course another possibility.

We do sell replacement spindles and also beam-type axles but not torsion axles. Links to both product categories are provided for you for reference.

There is no good and easy way of replacing the spindle of a torsion axle.

The spindle is welded into the suspension arm, and would need to be cut out. The replacement spindle would need to be welded into place. The heat involved in cutting out the old and installing the new spindle would damage the rubber torsion suspension cords inside the axle. We do not ship torsion axles due to their size and weight.

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