Williamsburg Automotive Repair
Horse & Livestock
Whether your on the trail or competing in shows you have to keep your fury friend safe. Now is the time to make sure your trailer will be ready when you need it. Harsh weather takes its toll on mechanical equipment, so it is wise to go over your trailer with a "fine-toothed comb" at least once a year and some stuff you should check yourself each and every time you plan to travel with your horse no matter the distance.
TIRES AND WHEELS
Are tires in good condition? Look for bulges, slices, bare spots, worn tread.
Are tires the right size for the load?
Rotate the tires, including balancing and properly inflating them.
Clean and repack wheel bearings and replace seals.
Are the wheel lugs tight? Are they all there?
FLOOR AND BODY
Check the floor for soft spots, rotting, splintering. This includes the ramp if you have one.
Replace damaged floor boards and treat floor with a preservative.
If you are using mats, do they fit snugly? Are they worn and need replacing?
Check metal for rust.
Check fiberglass for damage.
Make sure the license plate is positioned so there are no sharp edges exposed.
Check and oil all hinges, dividers, doors, locks, and windows.
Check all gaskets and molding to ensure good fit of windows.
BRAKES AND HITCH
Clean and oil the jack stand.
Grease the ball and the coupler.
Inspect and service the brake drums and wheels.
Check fluid levels and lines to hydraulic brakes.
Inspect emergency trailer brake battery.
Check levelness of hitched trailer.
WIRING AND SUSPENSION
Do all the lights work?
Is the wiring intact, clean and secured?
Grease the springs, shackles if appropriate.
Check shock absorbers and bushings.
Tighten up the axle bolts.