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Old 12-17-2002, 11:26 AM   #15
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PETE, did you see it done?

Hello Pete, just curious if you actually saw that trailer shop in VT pull the wheels & re-pack etc. If you saw it done-great. But if you didn't its possible he gave you a grease job instead of the bearings thus the failure. Its just a thought. I recently took a Chrysler New Car dealer to court over worked that they charged me for but never did! And this was a so called 5 Star Dealership! They were bigger crooks than the Jessie James gang when they robbed the Glendale Train!


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Old 12-17-2002, 11:27 AM   #16
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wheel bearings


I try to repack the truck wheel bearings at or before the manufacturers recommendations

I don't check the hubs on the truck around town, but I do check both fronts and rears hubs and tires for excess heat on a trip.


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Old 12-17-2002, 01:14 PM   #17
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Indeed, I saw him packing the bearings, he did it and he did it right. Too much time and too many miles. No silver bullets or pixie dust for these small axles. Closest thing to it is prolly the EZLube, where if old grease pushed out by the new grease is water-contaminated, you know you need to inspect the bearings for damage and then repack (or replace).

Dexter now says 12Kmiles or 12 months, but that's pushing it, based on my experiences with a number of trailers and the experiences of others, esp if the trailer sits a lot so the grease sets up and corrosion forms on the axle at the seals.

Look at it this way -- Most trailer folks carry extra bearing/seal sets and have had occasion to use them; it's darn rare to find anyone carrying bearings for their truck/car -- There's a reason behind those practices.

The real problem in my case (after owner stupidity) was water intrusion thru the seal over time. You just can't expect the life of these bearings to equal the beefy bearings and even beefier seals on trucks and cars. I am now a religious checker of tire and hub temps all the way around whenever I stop; even bought an infra-red temp checker at Radio Shack.

BTW, if your bearings are so tight that you can't get a tiny amount of play when pulling the tire, they are too tight...

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Old 12-17-2002, 08:18 PM   #18
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Gotta pack em!

If you look at the bearings from the front hubs of a car, and hold them side-by-side with a trailer bearing, you'll see the reason for the shorter maintenance interval. The actual roller bearings are much smaller, which means they spin much faster. Add to that, that trailers often run smaller wheels than do the tow vehicle, so the wheel itself is spinning faster. So, if you are cruising at 60 mph in your tow vehicle, it is possible your trailer bearings are spinning at an "equivilent" of 120-150 mph. This generates a LOT of heat.

Now, also consider that, according to an Elkart, IN trailer manufacturer I know, RVs are built to last for five years. And, during that time, they only expect to be used a couple of times per year. Therefore, the running gear is not designed to go the distance -- it doesn't need to be. You may note that most fiberglass owners go much longer and much further and much more often. But, guess what - you are running the same axles that they put on the five year stick-builts. Therefore, if you want to make them last, grease em up!

Final consideration -- If you have ever had a wheel bearing fail a hundred miles or so from anywhere, you'll suddenly get fanatical about packing them on schedule. And, if you aren't sure when they were last packed, go ahead and do it now!


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