Category Archives: Trailer Leaf Springs

5 Ways to Remove Rust from Your Trailer Spring

No one wants any part of their trailer to rust, but rusty springs can negatively impact your suspension, leading to costly repairs. We have compiled a list of simple and popular methods to remove rust from trailer parts like springs, but remember: if your trailer spring is significantly rusted, the safest course of action is to replace it. Damaged springs will hinder your trailer’s use.  2016-05-31_1200

1. Abrasion

Using an abrasive material such as steel wool, a wire brush, or sandpaper to remove the surface rusting. Deeper rust might not be affected, but scrubbing away the worst of the loose particles may be easier than you think.

2. Vinegar

The acidic nature of white vinegar makes it a useful weapon against rusting objects, and many people swear by its efficacy. Simply place your spring in a container with vinegar, swish it around, and then let it sit for a day or more. The longer the spring is in the vinegar, the longer the acid has to corrode the rust.

3. Baking soda

Dig into your pantry, mix some baking soda and water into a thick paste. Apply the paste (it shouldn’t run; if it does, add more baking soda) and let it dry. Then use a brush to remove the paste and rust. For small or hard to reach areas, as might be found on a trailer spring, a stiff toothbrush works better than you might think!

4. Lemon juice and salt

Depending on the location of the rust, this solution might be the one for you. Rub salt over the rusted area and then squeeze lemon juice atop of the salt. Leave to sit for a few hours and then scour the rust away. Steel wool works well, but should be used gently, so as not to damage the metal further. This method is best used on small patches of rust in easy-to-access areas.

5. Homemade and store solutions

Solutions can be found in most hardware stores, as well as all over the internet. Many of the homemade ones include some combination of the methods we’ve listed here. If you’re feeling particularly adventurous, you could try making your own! Remember, the key to removing rust often lies in a bit of elbow grease (such as method 1) and some corrosive substances (2-4).

 

3 Things to Know Before Purchasing Replacement Springs for your Trailer

If you’ve decided that your trailer springs need replacing, you may feel intimidated by the next step of purchasing new ones. After all, it’s a big market, and you want your trailer to look and function at its best.

 But there’s hope: replacing the springs on your trailer doesn’t have to be a hard decision to make. Use these three questions to guide you to choosing the right spring for your trailer, no matter the kind.

1.       What kind of spring needs replacing?

Finding out what kind of trailer spring you need is the first thing you need to do, and while it may seem obvious, it may be less so when you hop online to view products on the market. Double Eye, C-Hook, Slipper, Leaf… Don’t be overwhelmed by the variety. Our recommendation is that you always keep the materials that come with your product so that you are able to identify this step easily when your spring needs replacing, but if you haven’t done so, we can help you.

2.       What size spring do I need?

Trailer springs come in different lengths, so knowing the size of the spring you need is important for making the right purchase for replacement. Sometimes lengths can vary by small increments, such as a quarter of an inch, so be sure to be accurate in your measurements, or find the measurement in the materials from your previous purchase.

3.       Are there other considerations required to replace my spring?

Do you need a spring equalizer, or a U-bolt to help with attachment? Should these materials be galvanized or not? These questions should also be taken into consideration when replacing trailer springs, as they will factor into what you need to purchase and whom you’d like to purchase from.

Use these questions to help guide you towards your next purchase. If you need any help identifying any aspect of your spring listed here, you can go here to compare your current trailer springs with our own detailed catalog, or contact our technical support team to help you.

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Trailer Springs

The Good, Bad, and Ugly of Trailer Springs

 Trailer springs are essential part of trailer suspension and as we all know you cannot go anywhere without your springs.  Unfortunately, many of us do not pay attention to our springs and years can go by before we think of them.  Usually, this thinking occurs when you are sitting on the side of the road or boat launch waiting on that expensive tow truck that is heading your way!   And the worst thing about it?  It can be avoided and all it takes is knowing what to look for before leaving on your fishing trip.  A good trailer spring makes a happy fisherman and boater!  Any of the problems and issues we will cover can occur on Double Eye Springs, C-Hook (reverse curl) Springs, and Slipper Springs at any time.

The reason we see so many issues with springs at Champion is that trailer springs are not usually a trailer part that wears or breaks easily unless it is over loaded, rusted badly, or just old.  For this reason many people overlook the springs during yearly maintenance checks.  This is a HUGE problem.  Trailer springs should always be inspected for cracks and breakage to avoid failure of the trailer spring.  Cracks typically appear near the philister bolt  (See Image #1 Below) and near the eye of the bolt that connects your spring to your hanger. Anytime you see a crack or break in the spring it is time to replace them.  When a trailer spring fails you can receive significant damage to your trailer and boat.

Cracked Trailer Spring

Cracked Trailer Spring

When inspecting your trailer springs you also want to make certain that you do not see daylight between leafs of the spring.  This is caused from the spring fatiguing over time due to weight and use.  When springs fatigue they cannot support the weight as needed.  A fatigued spring will flatten out quicker and may possibly break.  Tired springs are not safe springs!   See Image #2 Below

Trailer Leaf Spring Separation

Trailer Leaf Spring Separation

Another thing to keep an eye on is the amount of rust on your springs.   The type of rust you need to be worried about is chunks of rust coming off the springs or large amounts of rust that would not be considered surface rust.  Rust compromises the strength and load capacity of the spring as it begins to take over the strong steel and turn it into weak layered rust.  See Image #3 Below

A Rusted Trailer Spring

A Rusted Trailer Spring

Don’t let a bad and ugly trailer spring cause you to have a bad boating or fishing trip this year.  Champion Trailers offers FREE repair estimates on broken and damaged trailers as well as yearly maintenance inspections.  Don’t forget to buy all your spring bolts, spring hangers, shackle links, and U bolt tieplate kits when you replace those old trailer springs.  A good way to stop your trailer springs from rusting as quickly is to use toilet ring wax and allow it to warm in the sun and then smear this onto the trailer springs.  This allows the water to roll off the wax and not get to the spring as easily.  Your trailer springs will have some surface rust after time but should never have cracks, large amounts of rust, or leaf separation.  In fact take a look at The Good Spring below!

The Good Trailer Spring

The Good Trailer Spring

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