Trailer Service, Parts and Repair

Just like any other vehicle, your Leonard trailer requires routine maintenance to ensure that it is safe, performs properly, and lasts a long time. Leonard manufactures, sells, and services trailers. Each of our trailer locations has a service center and can schedule a service check or perform most repairs. Leonard also offers trailer options and accessories for most standard utility and cargo trailers. Regular service check-ups help avoid voiding component warranties. Call a dealer near you to schedule an appointment or discuss repair costs.

10-Point Services Check

  1. Grease Axles if needed (easy grease axles only)

  2. Check Tire Pressure

  3. Check Tire Tread

  4. Tighten Lug Nuts

  5. Inspect Brake System*

  6. Test Lights: brake lights, rear running, and turn signals

  7. Check Floor Boards

  8. Check Door, Ramp, and Gate Latch Operation**

  9. Check Joints for Weld Stress**

  10. Check Jacks for Proper Operation

*If work is needed, a quote will be provided.

**Overloading can cause stress to weld joints, causing them to crack.

1. Grease Axles

Instructions for greasing the axle:
  1. Remove the rubber plug from the end of the grease cap.
  2. Place a standard grease gun onto the grease fitting located at the end of the spindle. Make sure the grease gun nozzle is fully engaged in the fitting.
  3. Pump grease into the fitting. The old displaced grease will begin to flow back out the cap around the grease gun nozzle.
  4. When the new clean grease is observed, remove the grease gun, wipe off any excess, and replace the rubber plug in the cap.
  5. Rotate hub or drum while adding grease.

2 & 3. Check TiresUsing a standard tire gauge, check the pressure of each tire.

Tire Size Max. P.S.I. cold65


90 psi


50 psi


50 psi


50 psi


65 psi


90 psi


90 psi

UNDERINFLATION: Wear on both edges:

Underinflation of a tire reduces its tread life by increasing the tread wear on its outside edges, or shoulders. It also generates excessive heat, which reduces tire toughness. Finally, it reduces fuel economy through increased rolling resistance because soft tires make your trailer and vehicle work harder. Abnormal tire wear may also be caused by misalignment.

OVERINFLATION: Wear in center:

When a tire is overinflated, the center of the tread bears most of the load and wears out faster than the outside edges. Uneven wear reduces the useful life of a tire.

CUPPING: Cups or dips in the tread:

Cupping (also called dipping) is most common on front tires, although rear tires can cup as well. It may be a sign that wheels are out of balance, bearings are loose, or that suspension parts are worn out.


If the edges of your tire tread take on a sawtooth or feathered appearance, it's because of erratic scrubbing against the road. The solution is an alignment correction.If the inside of tire is smooth or shows signs of excessive wearing, it is likely the result of overloading the trailer.

4. Tighten Lug Nuts

Use the dry wheel lug torque values specified in the vehicle's owner's manual, shop manual, or obtained from the vehicle dealer/service provider. The chart below lists typical torque values that should only be used temporarily until the vehicle's exact torque values can be confirmed.

Since the thickness of an alloy wheel can differ from Original Equipment wheels, also verify that the lug nuts or bolts will engage the threads. Refer to the chart below to determine the number of turns or the depth of engagement typical for your stud or bolt size.

Hardware Bolt or Stud Size Typical Torque Range in Ft/Lbs Minimum Number of Turns of Hardware Engagement

12 x 1.5 mm

70 - 80


12 x 1.25 mm

70 - 80


14 x 1.5 mm

85 - 90


14 x 1.25 mm

85 - 90


7/16 in.

70 - 80


1/2 in.

75 - 85


9/16 in.

135 - 145


Torque Stages

1st Stage 2nd Stage 3rd Stage

20 to 25 ft/lbs

55 to 60 ft/lbs

85 to 90 ft/lbs

When installing new wheels, you should re-torque the wheel lugs after driving the first 50 to 100 miles in case the clamping loads have changed following the initial installation. This is necessary due to the possibility of metal compression/elongation or thermal stresses affecting the wheels as they are breaking in, as well as to verify the accuracy of the original installation. When rechecking torque value, wait for the wheels to cool to ambient temperature (never torque a hot wheel). Loosen and retighten to value, in sequence. Simply repeat the same torque procedure listed above.

5. Inspect Brake System

Brakes are required on some trailers (all tandem axles and some single axle based mainly on weight class).
Brakes do fail and underperform from time-to-time and must be checked and maintained.
The most common reason for poor brake performance is improper brake adjustment. Adjusting the breaks is a procedure that you can do yourself, although most people leave it to service centers.

The second most common problem is faulty, improperly installed or improperly used wiring or electrical components.

The first step in isolating brake problems is to identify the amount of power going to the brakes. We have troubleshooting procedures based on the nature of the issue:

  • No Brakes
  • Ineffective or Weak
  • Intermittent Surging
  • Noisy
  • Dragging
  • Locking or Grabbing

Example of "No Brakes" cause/procedure
diagram is to the right.


Here are some examples of our most popular trailer repair services. We can help take care of these, along with so much more:



Our expert technicians can perform major and minor repairs, routine maintenance, install new accessories, and customize your trailer. We also offer a free multi-point inspection for trailers of all makes and models.

Please provide us with a few contact details. We'll reach out within 48 hours to offer an estimate and schedule your service.

* Free inspection does not cover annual inspection sticker fees for all states.