How to Put Wheels on Mobile Home Axles
Most all mobile homes come equipped with dual axles that include four wheels. The wheels are secured to the axles by either 6 or 8 lug nuts. Each lug nut is tightened against a wedge that pulls the wheels down evenly to the wheel hub. There are a couple of main reasons for installing the wheels to a mobile home axle.
Things You Will Need
- 1/2-inch drive breaker bar
- 1/2-inch drive deep-well sockets
- Lubricating spray
- Small wire brush
- Clean rags
- Mobile home wheels
- Torque wrench
Use the lubricating spray so the lug nuts will screw onto the studs without any resistance. Ensure all of the wedges are seated over the lips of the wheel hub.
If the wedges are not seated properly over the lips of the wheel hub, it will result in the wheel coming off of the wheel hub. If the lug nuts are not properly torqued, it will result in the lug nuts backing off of the studs and causing the wedges to slip off of the wheel hub lip. This will also result in the wheel coming off of the wheel hub.
The first reason being if the wheel is flat or damaged. The second reason being if the mobile home is being transported from one area to another area.
Remove the lug nuts and the lug nut wedges from the wheel hub with a 1/2-inch drive breaker bar and a deep-well socket. Turn the lug nuts counterclockwise to remove. If the lug nuts are stuck or the lug nuts are hard to turn, spray the threads behind the lug nuts with lubricating spray. Then remove the lug nuts and the wedges from the wheel hub.
Place the lug nuts and the wedges inside of a bucket. Clean the threads of the lug nut studs and the wedge areas on the wheel hub with a small wire brush. Wipe away any excess dirt or debris from the lug nut studs and the wheel hub with a clean rag. Spray each of the lug nut studs down with lubricating spray. Spray each lug nut down with the lubricating spray. Place the wheel onto the lug nut studs. Push the wheel completely onto the wheel hub.
Place a wedge over the top lug nut stud. Screw a lug nut onto the stud in front of the wedge. Tighten the lug nut with the breaker bar and socket until the lug nut begins to get tight against the wedge. Turn the wedge so the beveled end of the wedge is seated over the top lip of the wheel hub. Continue screwing the lug nut against the wedge just tight enough so that the wedge does not move.
Place a wedge over the bottom lug nut stud and against the wheel hub. Screw a lug nut onto the stud and tighten down the lug nut until it begins to get tight against the wedge. Position the bottom wedge so that the beveled end of the wedge is seated over the bottom lip of the wheel hub. Continue tightening the lug nut against the wedge just tight enough so that the wedge does not move.
Place a wedge over both side lug nut studs. Screw both lug nuts onto the studs against the wedges until the lug nuts begin to get tight against the wedges. Turn the wedges so the beveled end of the wedges are seated over the lips on the sides of the wheel hub. Continue tightening the lug nuts just tight enough so the wedges do not move.
Place the remaining wedges and lug nuts onto the wheel hub and turn the wedges so that they seat over the lips of the wheel hub. Screw the lug nuts onto the studs just tight enough so that the wedges do not move.
Start with the top lug nut and tighten each of the lug nuts down in a alternating sequence. Tighten the top lug nut first, bottom lug nut second and then rotate the tightening of the side lug nuts. Continue this lug nut tightening sequence until all of the lug nuts are tight. Ensure the wedges remain turned so that the beveled end of the wedges are seated over the lips of the wheel hub. Once all of the lug nuts are tight, torque the lug nuts down tight.
Place the socket off the breaker bar onto the torque wrench. Torque each lug nut in the same alternating sequence until the lug nuts are torqued to 60 to 70 foot-pounds. Move to the other wheels and repeat the same wheel installation process as outlined in the steps above until all of the wheels have been installed to the mobile home axles.
- "The Complete Mobile Home Trailer Handbook;" Richard Newton; 2008
Kevin Mclain has more than 20 years of automotive, home improvement and landscaping experience. He has been writing for various online publications since 2002. Mclain has U.S. Army certification in automotive maintenance and repair, among more than 15 additional certifications related to the automotive field.