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  • How to Grease the Bearings on My Trailer
  • Greasing the bearings is actually a fairly easy process. It does take a little bit of time to complete, but after you are done you won't have to worry about greasing the bearings again for a few years. I do have some recommendations to help make this process a bit easier for you. When it comes to packing the bearings with grease you do have a few different options. You can either do it by hand or you can use a grease packer. Although doing it by hand is definitely the most cost efficient...
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  • Torque Settings For Wheel Lug Nuts For Boat Trailer And utility Trailer
  • I have attached a chart you can check out that describes the torque needed per wheel size, wheel stud size and material. For an 8-inch wheel with a 1/2-inch wheel stud the torque is 75 to 86 ft-lbs. For a 15 inch steel wheel with 1/2 inch wheel studs the torque is 90 to 120 ft-lbs and if you have an aluminum wheel the torque needed is 90 to 100 ft-lbs. If you do not have a torque wrench I recommend the Powerbuilt Dual Drive Torque Wrench, part # ALL944001. This has 3/8 and 1/2...
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  • What is the Correct Way to Jack Up a Boat Trailer to Change a Tire
  • It is not recommend to jack up a trailer by the axle. This may cause damage to the axle itself. It also puts too much stress on the leaf springs. Instead, you will want to place the jack under part of the trailer frame preferably next to the leaf spring hangers. This will give you more room to use a jack like the Powerbuilt Unijack part # ALL620470 which has a 4,000 lb capacity and offer up to an 18-3/8" lift. The jack also has a built in stand for safety as most jacks are not designed...
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  • Recommended Tire Setup for a 13.5 Inch Wide Tire
  • I do have an option for you but the Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step part # ALL647596 only fits tires up to 13" wide like you mentioned. Since your tires are 13.5" wide, it will not work for you as there will be too much surface area for the arm on the step to properly grip the tire and provide adequate support. Instead, I recommend part # TH2100 which uses an adjustable strap to secure around the tire and will allow for a much wider range of fitment like your 13.5" wide tire. It also offers...
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  • Troubleshooting Heating Element on Water Heater
  • To test your heating element you will need a multimeter like # ALL648349. You will set your meter to the lowest ohm setting and put one probe on each of the screws on the heating element. You should get something between 10 and 16 ohms. When one is all rusted or corroded you would get no reading to show there is no continuity and it would most likely throw your breaker. Since your water is really how, you most likely have a failed heating element. If you need another replacement,...
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  • Troubleshooting 2014 Ram 3500 Trailer Fuses and Trailer Lights That Do Not Work
  • You will want to test your vehicle's 7-way and the trailer separately to find out where your lighting power loss is occurring. Use a circuit tester like # 3808, # 40376 or # ALL640595 to test each lighting circuit on the Ram's 7-way socket. You can refer to the linked photo and article for help with which pin carries which function. Check fuse positions F28 (20-amp) , F29 (20-amp) and F30 (30-amp). You can try a new fuse as an easy way to check. If you have power on the 7-way then...
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  • Troubleshooting Lippert Ground Control 2.0 Leveling System Error Code
  • There are a couple of things as I talked with my contact at Lippert. You will need to follow this system perfectly of the error will not clear. You need to extend the front jacks 6 inches, then the rear jacks 6 inches, and then press and hold the retract button until the jacks are all retracted. This should clear the error. If it does not, then use a multimeter like # ALL648349 check to make sure that left front jack is getting the proper battery voltage. If it is under 12V then...
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  • Torque Range for Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter # ALL940962
  • The torque range for the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter # ALL940962 that you referenced is 29-147 ft lbs of torque.
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  • Recommendation for Packing Bearing With Grease Prior to Using Grease Gun on an EZ-Lube Axle
  • I highly recommend packing the bearings with grease prior installing them on your new axle and then continue to fill up the remaining space with the EZ-Lube feature. You would want to do this because it's important to make sure they are all lubed up before taking off. The EZ-Lube feature is typically to help maintain the amount of grease within the axle between trips. If you pre pack the bearings you can be worry-free that your new bearing won't be damaged that first trip. If you...
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  • Testing To See If Brake Magnets Are Bad
  • It is not normal to have 12 volts on both wires of your magnet. One side should be hot and the other should be ground. I recommend checking your magnets for amperage using a multimeter like # ALL648349. I've attached an article on how to use this meter to test your brake magnets. If you find that the magnets are bad, I recommend # BP01-180 for 12 inch assemblies and # AKBRKR-M10 for 10 inch assemblies.
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  • Is a Thin-Walled Socket Required to Install a Ball on Blue Ox Sway Pro Weight Distribution Systems
  • We have not heard that there is limited space to get a socket into the head to tighten the ball on a Blue Ox Sway Pro weight distribution system so given that information socket # ALL643216 could be used. We do have thin-walled socket # EQ70-00-4800 which is also a 1-7/8" socket and designed for tight spaces. If you wanted to err on the side of caution I recommend using the thin-walled socket.
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  • Troubleshooting Tekonsha Prodigy Brake Controller With Drag At Setting B3
  • The button on the right on the Tekonsha Prodigy is the Boost button. The boost levels are pre-set based on how much the trailer weighs in comparison to the tow vehicle. For example, by pressing the button once, it will display what the current boost level is. If you see ".c" that means the boost is off. If you see ".c." (with the second dot) that means it is on. Every press of the button changes the boost level up to b.3. A boost setting of b.1 is for trailers that weigh less than the...
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brakes Getting Only 8 Volts Of Power
  • If you are only getting the 8 volts when you pull the pin using a meter like # ALL648349, that has nothing to do with your brake controller as the breakaway battery is powering that from the trailer itself. You can confirm your brake controller is working properly by checking the 5 o'clock pin on your 7 way with your meter when the trailer is disconnected while having someone hit the manual override on your brake controller. You most likely have a bad ground in your wiring on your trailer....
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  • How To Use Powerbuilt ALL648594 Bearing Packer
  • I called my contact at Powerbuilt about the Deluxe Bearing Packer # ALL648594. Here is the response about the construction of the bearing packer: The reason for the spring on this bearing packer is because the purpose of the tool is to pack grease into the bearing and in doing so the entire chamber is filled with grease and the bearing is pressed by hang using the cap cover to create compression. Once pressed down the spring presses the bearing ledge back up separating it from excess...
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  • Troubleshooting Electric Trailer Brake Wiring Voltage Issues
  • It sounds like you have replaced your brake assemblies and still are experiencing issues due to wiring. I recommend first using your meter like # ALL648349 or circuit tester like # 3808 on your 7-way on the 5 o'clock pin. That is the pin from your brake controller. Using the manual override on your brake controller you should be getting 12V power on that brake controller output pin. If you are not seeing the gradual increase when hitting your manual override on your controller, there...
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  • Could the Powerbuilt Tire Step ALL647596 fit on a Semi Truck Tire
  • That will depend on the width of your tires. The part # ALL647596 will fit basically any tire diameter as long as the width of it is less than 13 inches. If the width of your tires are less than 13 inches this part would work well for you.
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  • Installing the Bargman Double Tail Light on Trailer
  • The first thing you will need to do is test the wires on the trailer to find each wires correct operation. You will need a tester like # ALL640595 and you will also need to connect the trailer to you tow vehicle electrical. Usually, the wires are color coded to its function, but the test will make sure that wire color matches it function. The trailer side wiring is typically this: the white wire is the ground, the brown wire is tail/running lights, yellow wire is suppose to be the left...
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  • Bottle Jack and Safety Stands for Use During Trailer Maintenance
  • A bottle jack like the 6-ton Powerbuilt # ALL640407 is the right type of jack to use for changing and rotating tires and other trailer maintenance work. But using wood blocks will reduce the stability of the jack and affect the safety of that process. Any trailer work is best done with wheels chocked on both sides. We offer rubber wheel chock products like # MT70073 and # MT70072 to steady the trailer while you work on it. If you like the Powerbuilt jack for its size you can use it...
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  • Troubleshooting a Trailer Electric Jack That Will Not When the Switch is Engaged
  • There could be a few things that could be causing your electric trailer jack to malfunction. I will give a few starting points to begin to troubleshoot the problem. On some electric jacks there will may be an inline fuse on the power wire going from the battery or power source to the jack. Check to see if the fuse has blown. You can use a tester like # ALL640595 to test the fuse will it is still connected to the power wire. Also inspect the wiring between the battery and the jack for...
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  • Wheel Step That Works With 2017 Ram 3500
  • The Powerbuilt Adjustable Tire Step # ALL647596 may be an option as it is a universal mount which is going to fit any tire that is 13" wide or less. It is 21-1/2" long and has a weight capacity of 300 lbs. I also recommend taking a look at the Thule Step-Up Wheel Step # TH232 which is a universal mount that uses a strap so it is going to fit on most tires. I've added links to video reviews of both steps for you to take a look at.
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  • Installing a Trailer Hitch Receiver to Proper Manufacturer Torque Specifications
  • There really isn't a way to torque your bolts to specs without using a torque wrench. Not using this will void your warranty because it wasn't installed properly. I recommend getting the Powerbuilt Dual Drive Torque Wrench - 3/8" and 1/2" - 10 to 150 ft-lb # ALL944001 or the Powerbuilt Digital Torque Adapter - 1/2" Drive # ALL940962 to convert your traditional ratchet into a torque wrench.
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  • Jack Recommendation for Travel Trailer for Changing Flats
  • Going with a bottle jack like the Powerbuilt Unijack Bottle Jack with Built-In Jack Stand # ALL620471 would be what I would recommend. Since it doubles as a jack stand it gives you the ability to jack up the trailer and safely hold it at the height you want when changing the tire.
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  • Trailer Fuse Blows When Two Series-Wired 6V Batteries are Connected
  • A single 12V battery can be replaced with two 6V batteries that are wired in series. This wiring arrangement is shown in the linked image. Two 12V batteries in series produce 24 volts; two 6V batteries in series produce 12 volts. If the batteries are wired in series, the positive terminal of one battery will be connected to the negative terminal of the other. This would double the output of the batteries, so two 6V batteries wired in series would provide 12 volts of output. Current capacity...
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  • Will Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch Socket # ALL643216 Work with Fastway Weight Distribution System
  • Yes, the Powerbuilt 1-7/8 Inch 12pt Socket # ALL643216 referenced in your question will work perfectly with the Fastway e2 Weight Distribution System # FA94-00-0600 to help with installation. For this system, you will also just need to add a compatible hitch ball like the 2 inch # EQ91-00-6080 or the 2-5/16 inch # EQ91-00-6100. I have attached the written installation instructions for this weight distribution system, along with a video demonstration that you can check out.
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  • How Does Oil Get Added to Powerbuilt Triple Lift Jack ALL620422
  • I spoke with my contact at PowerBuilt and they informed me the following process to add oil if needed. There is a fill hole directly on top of the pump unit underneath the yolk and the lift arm. The easiest way to access this is to pump up the arm slightly and pull the handle down and you will see a screw cap with a phillips connection. We usually do not recommend end users to do this, but if they know what they are doing and are not disassembling the jack unit I do not see a problem....
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  • Troubleshooting Trailer Brake Magnets That Receive Only 9.5 Volts from Trailer Wiring
  • You can expect some minor voltage drop between your trailer's junction box and the brake magnet wiring but losing 2.5V suggests you have a short in your brake circuit. I suggest tracing all brake circuit wiring from the j-box to each of the brake assemblies. Look for worn insulation, cracked insulation, points where the wiring may touch the trailer frame or moving suspension parts. Also check that any splices are solid. Also make sure that the magnet wire you're using as ground is solidly...
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  • Powerbuilt Unijack With 21 Inch Lift And 6000 lb Capacity Compatibility with 2013 Ford Kuga
  • The Powerbuilt Unijack - 21" Lift - 6,000 lbs # ALL620471, is perfect for your 2013 Ford Kuga. The jack should be placed under the frame as close to the wheel as possible with the frame fully in contact with the jack. This jack has a lift range between 11 inches and 21 inches and it removes the need for jack stands. I've attached a couple review videos for you.
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  • Wiring Diagram for the 7-Way Trailer Connection
  • If you are needing to wire the 7-way end of your adapter connection the attached wiring diagram can help with the wire locations. The wiring for the 7-way will be this: 1 o'clock position - Black wire auxiliary power 3 o'clock - Brown Right Turn & Brake 5 o'clock - Blue Electric Brake( if applicable) 7 o'clock - White Ground 9 o'clock - Red Left turn & Stop 11 o'clock - Yellow Taillights Center - Reverse Lights (may not be used) Using a circuit tester, like # ALL640595,...
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  • Where to Connect the Brake Light Switch Wire on a 1986 Ford F-150 When Installing Brake Controller
  • On a typical brake controller installation, you will connect the brake light switch red wire coming from the brake controller to the cold side of the brake light switch. The wire will then get a signal when the brake pedal is being pressed to let the brake controller know when to apply trailer brakes. Using a circuit tester like # ALL640595 can help you find the correct wire at the brake light switch that needs to be tapped into when connecting to the brake controller. The attached...
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  • Resistance When Pulling Trailer After New Hub Installation
  • If you just have idler hubs and not braking assembles on your trailer then I don't think the wrong size bearings are the problem. If you did install the wrong size bearings then they would have had to of been larger and in that case you would have a lot of play on the idler hubs, not resistance. I believe the problem you are experiencing has to do with the amount of torque that was applied to the castle nut that attaches the ider hub to the spindle. If you take a look at the 6:00 minute...
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