Trailer hub oil leak, will I get written up on inspection? (picture)

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  1. silverspur

    silverspur Medium Load Member

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    Is oil leaking out of outside trailer hub something a driver can get written up for during a roadside inspection? This is a yes or no type question. Feel free to expound on YOUR personal experience after replying "yes" or "no". Thank You
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  3. Keepforgettingmypassword

    Keepforgettingmypassword Light Load Member

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    I had a similar issuse. Easy fix for the shop. Watch them and you can do it it next time.

    I don't know if you can get wrote up for it. But I do know you don't wanna let it all drain out.
     
  4. rpad139

    rpad139 Heavy Load Member

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    The experience trucker will say nay. But we are in the year 2022. I cant help you
     
  5. 48Packard

    48Packard Ol' Two-stop Shag!

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    This is solely based on my experience.

    That particular example might be a problem. I’ve hauled a lot of old trailers over the years, and many of them exhibit this “seepage”. The actual gasket seems to be the issue.

    It’s a simple fix. If you can, check the tightness of the nuts. If they’re ok, get the repair done.
     
  6. Arctic_fox

    Arctic_fox Road Train Member

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    This is not a yes no answer. Most of the time no. But its not unusual for dot to nail you for piddly crap nowadays.

    Honestly just get it fixed. Hub ends are $150 each installed or at least they are on my trailer and avoid the issue.
     
  7. 50WT

    50WT Light Load Member

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    It's not leaking much , it hasn't slung any oil on the wheel. I doubt you'll have any problems.
     
  8. 062

    062 Road Train Member

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    I would pick up a new plug and clean up the hub. Most Ta/petro will have a plug. Take that plug in with you.
     
  9. kwswan

    kwswan Road Train Member

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    The right cop will write it up as a leak. My son was stopped by a Lexington KY city dot a couple of years ago and wrote up for 3 just like that.
     
  10. D.Tibbitt

    D.Tibbitt Road Train Member

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    Theres a pin hole in the plug . its a breather hole, when it gets plugged up they like to seep like that. Run a paper clip thru it to allow air flow.
     
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  11. silverspur

    silverspur Medium Load Member

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    Do I even have this trailer with me? Half the trailers at my company have this problem. There is much more to it than I care to explain.
     
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