Expert Fifth Wheel Repair Services
At Wayne Truck & Trailer, our expert technicians specialize in semi-fifth-wheel repair services.
Your Trusted Semi & Heavy-Duty Truck 5th Wheel Repair Shop
Serving West Central Ohio Since 2008
Your heavy-duty diesel truck or semi is your livelihood as a truck driver, and it’s important to have proper fifth-wheel repair and maintenance.
So, you must bring it to a trained and trustworthy professional when it comes to fifth wheel repair and service.
That’s where Wayne Truck & Trailer comes in.
Our experienced technicians understand the complexities of heavy-duty trucks and can handle any issues your fifth wheel may be experiencing.
From routine maintenance to major repairs, our team is equipped to get your truck back on the road quickly and efficiently.
By bringing your semi or heavy-duty diesel truck to Wayne Truck & Trailer, you ensure that your vehicle is in the best hands possible and will be ready to take on any job you throw its way.
Fifth Wheel Maintenance & Repair
Maintaining and repairing a fifth wheel on a heavy-duty truck or semi requires proper knowledge and expertise.
Technicians must know the exact components and parts that make up a fifth wheel for a truck.
The fifth wheel comprises of a:
- Top plate
- Release handle
- Lock jaw
- Lock bar
It is important to inspect these components regularly, as they can wear out and cause serious problems if not addressed.
If worn, the fifth wheel can cause a vehicle to disconnect from its trailer or even cause a jackknife accident.
It is crucial to keep the fifth wheel properly lubricated, adjust the locking jaws correctly, and inspect it frequently to prevent any issues from occurring.
Fifth Wheel Replacement
Replacing a fifth wheel on a semi and heavy-duty truck is no easy task.
It involves carefully dismantling and removing the existing fifth wheel and the installation of a new one using specialized equipment.
The process requires an experienced mechanic familiar with the unique challenges of working with large commercial vehicles.
Parts that may be used during the replacement process include:
- Fifth wheel assembly
- Any other necessary hardware
If not done correctly, problems can arise, such as improper alignment between the truck and trailer and potential safety hazards on the road.
That’s why it’s important to trust the experienced professionals at Wayne Truck & Trailer to handle your fifth wheel replacement needs.
Symptoms That Your 5th Wheel Need Service
Suppose you own a semi or heavy-duty diesel truck equipped with a fifth wheel hitch. In that case, it’s essential to take note of any signs that indicate your fifth wheel needs repair or replacement.
One common symptom is difficulty latching or unlatching the hitch. If you experience this, it’s likely due to worn-out locking mechanisms or damaged components.
Another indication is excessive slop or play in the hitch when driving, which can lead to poor handling and an increased risk of jackknifing.
Ignoring these symptoms can result in serious accidents, costly repairs, and even lost revenue if your truck is out of commission for an extended period of time.
Don’t put your safety and livelihood at risk – contact Wayne Truck & Trailer to address any fifth wheel issues promptly.
What Our Customers Are Saying About Us
I had a roadside breakdown on I-70 due to a coolant fitting failure. They were easy to work with and the tech had made this same repair previously on other trucks. The fitting is one that connects the engine head to heater core. They had to stop by a Paccar dealership (in Dayton?) to get the part and then make the roadside repair. They gave me a price estimate before heading my way and the final bill was somewhat less since I didn’t need as much coolant as estimated. Easy to work with, I would recommend them and use them again myself – if needed. My only complaint was that they didn’t open until 8a. I would’ve given 5 stars if they could have rolled at 6a. The parts dept at Paccar opened at 7a so it wasn’t a huge impact on the schedule.
I had a bad miss on my Volvo VN with a Volvo D13 engine in it. They had the software to diagnose the problem and were able to replace the bad injector. I was back on the road the same day. Last time I had this problem I took it to a Volvo dealer, and they took a week before e they would even look at it.
My family and I have been traveling for the past 3 weeks in the RV. We have had terrible luck up until this point with our RV. Needless to say, many tows and service repair work. This business has gone above and beyond. They were completely understand, sympathetic, and willing to help until they figured out what the problem was! We had our dogs, kids, cat, and extended family there with us all day. There were no problems with that. We felt comfortable and at ease here! I would highly recommend this shop to anyone. The quality, communication, and price was just what we needed! Thank you to all who helped!
Needed tire repair on Semi, awesome folks, on the ball and ready to take care of your truck. Waited at loves over 2 hrs and gave up, found these guys just down the road. Thanks so much for getting us going so quickly.
Carole “Carla” Long
Great guys techs are very knowledgeable they got the job done went over beyond picked me up brought me gloves and a hat I was cold made me laugh when I was sad thank you guys especially Cody n Ken you guys rock and thanks Justin!
The Radiator to my Freightliner blew on the side of the road they towed my vehicle and fixed my radiator the same day. I was able to make my load for the next day. Everything was efficient and fast. Their customer service is awesome. They even have a loaner car for you! It made the wait that much easier as I drive with my daughter!
Fantastic guys! Had a check engine light. Ended up being a tcm issue. Thought It be a few days at least. 1 day turn around. Justin and Mark are excellent at what they Do. Kept me informed and explained the entire process from start to finish. Definitely go to these guys for anything diesel. They will take excellent care of you!
Wayne Truck & Trailer came to my rescue when it came to an unusual situation with a tire on my Truck. After sitting at a Loves in Dayton for 4 hours waiting for my turn to have this tire fixed, only to find out they didn’t have the size I needed. After looking around, Wayne Truck & Trailer came through!! Cody really took care of our situation, and the company was well pleased.
Thank You, Cody and Wayne Truck & Trailer, for everything. Please keep up the great work.
Our motorhome broke down in Greenville, OH and their techs spent a few hours fixing it. They were pleasant to deal with and got us back on the road as quickly as they could.
“My company travels all over the US with trucks and enclosed trailers. We had two equalizer straps tear off of the bolt/leaf spring on one side. Google suggested Wayne Track and Trailer nearby. Great choice! Norm was excellent at the front desk and the guys in the shop were very helpful and knowledgeable. They were able to get us repaired and back on the road in a just a couple of hours. Highly recommended!”
MARK K. CUSTOMER
We Have Two Convenient Locations Servicing West Central Ohio
Interstate 75, Exit 90 Between
Dayton & Lima
Interstate 70, Exit 24 Between
Richmond & Dayton
Semi Fifth Wheel Repair FAQs
What is a fifth wheel in a semi-truck?
A fifth wheel is a coupling device mounted on a semi-truck chassis that connects the tractor to the trailer.
It allows for articulation and movement between the truck and trailer.
What are the most common issues with semi-fifth wheels?
The most common issues with semi-fifth wheels include wear and tear on the top plate, misalignment, improper lubrication, and worn-out components like the jaws and lock bars.
How can I diagnose a problem with my semi's fifth wheel?
Diagnosing a problem with a semi’s fifth wheel often involves visually inspecting the components for signs of wear or damage, checking for proper alignment, and testing the coupling mechanisms for functionality.
It is always best to contact an experienced fifth-wheel repair facility like Wayne Truck & Trailer.
Can I repair a worn-out top plate on my own?
Repairing a worn-out top plate on a semi’s fifth wheel can be a complex task. It is recommended to consult a professional mechanic like those at Wayne Truck & Trailer to ensure proper repair.
How often should I perform maintenance on my semi's fifth wheel?
Regular maintenance is crucial to keep the fifth wheel in optimal condition.
It is recommended to perform maintenance, including lubrication and inspection, at least once every three months or as recommended by the manufacturer.
What are the standard repair times for fifth wheel repairs?
Standard repair times can vary depending on the type of repair needed.
The Fontaine Fifth Wheel Standard, Repair Times guide, provides estimated repair times for tasks such as removing and reinstalling the top plate.