The Complete Guide to safely handling a vehicle breakdown

A breakdown, it happens and sometimes without warning whether your car is old or new; but a danger to you or your passenger’s safety can be avoided by being prepared and following these simple steps.

When you first run into a bit of trouble, the first thing you need to do is find a safe place to pull over, put on your hazard lights and pull over as far to the left as possible. If you are in poor lighting make sure to put on your parking lights as a further safety measure.

Next give your roadside assistance provider a call; in some areas emergency phones are available on the side of the road.

If you need to leave your vehicle, make sure to do so in a safe manner. Check for traffic and if possible, leave from the passenger side of your vehicle.  If it is not safe to leave, sit tight and keep your seatbelt on.

If you do have a breakdown, the most important thing is to remember to stay calm. Roadside assistance can take some time especially if you are in a remote area.

It is always a good idea to have a plan with emergency supplies. A flashlight, first aid kit and bottles of water don’t take up much room but can make a huge difference.

If you see a breakdown, slow down and take care. Avoid crossing busy roads if you are trying to help someone.

Do you have any tips we may have missed? Comment below and let us know.

Position Vacant – 1st Year Automotive Apprentice Date

Due to continued company growth, Bold Trailers has a position for a 1st Year Automotive Apprentice. The successful applicant will be able to choose between Automotive Mechanical Light Vehicle or Automotive Bodybuilding Apprenticeships.

This position is for an immediate start. The successful applicant must have a current drivers license and be well presented. Attention to detail and and strong customer service skills are also important.

Submit your resume and cover letter to Christian Bold via email: christian@boldtrailers.loc.au. For further questions please contact Christian on 8544-8114.

When Do You Service Your Boat Trailer?

Are you part of the majority? Do you wait until summer starts to get your boat trailer serviced or repaired?

Did you know that you would be better to service your trailer in the off season – the cooler months – when you don’t want to be using your boat.

Many people don’t think about the implications of waiting until summer to service their trailer – Perhaps the service centre will be booked out the day you want to book it in. The weather may be perfect for a day on the water and you boat and trailer may be stuck in the service centre.

What if your trailer needs major repairs – do you want to miss a weekend or two of prime boating season just because it is in the shop getting repaired? In warmer months it can be harder to source some trailer parts as the demand for them can outweigh supply at times. This could also hamper your boating plans.

Make sure you book your trailer in for servicing at the end of summer or during winter. This way you can rest in the knowledge that when the first hot day arrives you can simply hook the boat and trailer up to the car and get out on the water.

Please comment below and let us know when you service your trailer?

Hub And Axle Problems With Trailers

Hi, my name is Rory from Bold Trailers – the trailer repair specialists. I will take you quickly through a job which has come into our workshop. This trailer here right next to me on the hoist has come in on the back of a tow truck. Similar to one of our other jobs in the past, the wheel has come off on the other side of the trailer, basically because the bearings have collapsed. In order to complete the job I have to take this side off as well.

The customer says his trailer was last serviced just before he bought it and he purchased it 6 months ago. In order to take this off, I have taken the bearing cap off and gone to take the axle nut off. Now generally you will have a split pin through the holes in the nut and through the hole in the middle of the axle. This was missing. This is possibly one of the reasons why the nut came loose on the other side. Furthermore behind this nut, there is normally a washer. That washer will hold the front forward bearing in place. Again this was also missing. So whoever last did the service, we have to assume left this out. This causes big issues.

That has allowed both the front bearing and the whole hub to move. Through the breakdown of the grease, as you can see which is black, you can tell from my hands, the wheel has not been able to rotate freely and is actually quite stiff. In the process, over the course of time, this has now heated up and has welded itself in place. Generally during a service, once I have all of these components removed, I am able to pull this hub off by hand.

As you can hear in the background there, this one is not budging and the whole hoist is moving. I am left now with no option other than to take the whole axle out and replace the whole axle. This is resulting in a very costly repair for this customer and simple maintenance could have prevented this. So, if I can help you in any way with your trailer, remember Rory from Bold Trailers – trailer repair specialists, and I would be more than happy to help you. Rory, Bold Trailers

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