Originally Posted by Perry J
Why save $40.00 and possibly cost yourself a thousand?
It was nice of you to come back and explain. While I didn't think your post intimated that anyone was stupid, it did make it sound (to me) like you were saying that Wilder should - without question - put the bearings back together and go to a shop, and not try to repack them at home. And I don't completely agree with that. For some people, maybe. But others are able to figure it out, and, indeed, might like to (as Wilder did, in the end, by calling Dexter).
I can think of a few reasons why someone would work on their own bearings:
1) They have the time and enjoy it, perhaps getting a feeling of satisfaction at knowing things are done and done right (to their own eyeballs).
2) They would like to save some money (not a good reason if you are incapable, but a nice little savings if you are capable). If, for example, someone owned an egg, a boat trailer, a utility trailer, etc., it could be a tidy savings in time and money to do it at home.
3) Like me, they live far, far from a shop, and so taking the trailer(s) in is not a quick little trip.
4) They have had a bad experience with a bungling shop (not all shops are like this of course, but too many are, unfortunately).
5) They want to be self-sufficient and know what to do if there IS
a problem way out in the middle of no-where. Even a perfect shop could make a mistake, or a bearing could fail from some kind of flaw or fluke. If a person has already had them apart and re-packed them, it's much easier to make a repair enroute (I have done this) than it would be if they had no idea how or had not done it before.
So, when I read your post I'll have to admit that I thought "Huh, Wilder seems to be familiar with tools and shop work, and would like to re-pack the bearings; so while taking it to a shop is certainly an option, I don't see why he/she should be "told" to put it all back together and go to a shop to do it properly."
Again, thanks for coming back to expand upon what you were thinking. And to Wilder: Good on you for persevering and getting it all squared away. I tucked away that seal information for future reference