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Old 06-30-2006, 02:33 PM   #15
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My previous post included a quote from the Dexter FAQ, but not the link to that web page. From the same FAQ...
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[b]BEARINGS - How often should I grease the bearings?
Along with bearing adjustment, proper lubrication is essential to the current function and reliability of your trailer axle. Bearings should be lubricated every 12 months or 12,000 miles.
I interpret this to mean that E-Z Lube does not change the recommended disassembly interval, because it is still required for inspection (and seal replacement) at the same interval as lubrication (which includes inspection) of the standard bearing assembly. E-Z Lube appears to provide only a method for additional lubrication (and water displacement). While it is of little value to me, it is apparently also has little cost (as an option when purchasing new anyway) and I am not aware of a disadvantage.

My failed pickup bearings had been in service without maintenance for much longer than a year, and more than 12,000 miles, which was my fault. I was too accustomed to modern vehicles with sealed bearings...
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Old 06-30-2006, 04:50 PM   #16
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I have used Bearing Buddys on boat trailers and on a 1970 21ft Streamline single axle we had years ago.

I never had any leakage when I used their special seal, and never had any bearing problems on either application.

The biggest downside was when I had to pull the hub to service the brakes, the entire hub bearing cavity was packed with grease. The result was a bit of a mess, but not a terrible mess.

What I did was to stick a paper towel tube over the spindle as soon as the hub was pulled and secured it over the end with a C-clamp. After re-doing the magnets and shoes and cleaning everything up I just pulled off the paper towel tube, checked that there was no dust or debris in the grease coating the spindle and put the hub back on.

I just don't remember it being any big deal. I'm also beginning to think the Scamp parked outside might just start wearing a set of Bearing Buddys in a couple of days!! It might just be a Scamp's way of thumbing its nose at conventional wisdom. Those Scamps have personalities too, you know!!
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Old 06-30-2006, 08:47 PM   #17
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Well, I took the trailer to a company that specializes in cargo trailers and had them repack and lube the bearings. They want what looks to be close to $250 to redo the trailer brakes, new magnet something or other, rewiring for brake controller and markers, pads are good. I'm going to let them do that . They gave me an estimate of $310 to patch the soft place in front of the door. I'm debating that one.
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Old 06-30-2006, 09:22 PM   #18
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I have used Bearing Buddys on boat trailers and on a 1970 21ft Streamline single axle we had years ago.

I never had any leakage when I used their special seal, and never had any bearing problems on either application.

The biggest downside was when I had to pull the hub to service the brakes, the entire hub bearing cavity was packed with grease. The result was a bit of a mess, but not a terrible mess.

I just don't remember it being any big deal.
Loren, as long as folks understand what the Bearing Buddies do and don't do, and use them properly, they're fine. The problem is that a lot of folks see them and pump grease into them... and pump grease into them... and pump grease into them... and never again tear the bearings down until the bearings fail and they ruin their spindle, or the fill the brake drum with grease or whatever. Folks just don't think that bearings still need regular maintenance any more when they install Bearing Buddies.

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Old 07-01-2006, 08:41 AM   #19
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You're right, Roger.

I'm afraid I'm in that category too. I always try to get a little more out of things than they were designed to deliver. Sometimes I win. Sometimes I lose.

Winning and losing are not concepts I deal well with so I call it: "Some days peanuts, some days shells."

Hmmmm! Reminds me. About 10 years ago a front wheel bearing on our 78 Buick started making an awful noise about a mile from home. I stopped to let it cool, then drove it home. Next day I had to peen the spindle heavily to get the race to fit where the old one had spun.

Still have the car. It was the college car for both our kids. At least another 100,000 on the clock. And the wheel bearings . . . . ? Yeh. They're still in there.

That's "peanuts".
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