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Old 03-18-2013, 01:07 PM   #15
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Each to their own, I guess. I would rather spend the fifteen minutes per wheel and know they were good.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:35 PM   #16
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Once or twice a year , when the mood strikes. Usually after a longer period of storage, especially if it includes temperature swings. I push just enough through to check for water or discoloration.
Probably more often when I first got the trailer when I was just pushing fresh grease out.
I have heard of folks paying over $100/axle for having bearings greased. Sounds like a good route for those not doing it themselves. Raz
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I did a lot of research on the EZ lube feature and found that the main criticism was the fear of blowing grease out the rear, past the seal, and contaminating the brakes. I found a reasonable sounding explanation for this happening that says the rear grease opening (hole), is in one spot and you need to rotate the wheel while pumping in the grease. This distributes the grease evenly and will prevent, (hopefully prevent, that is), too much pressure building up in one spot.
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Old 03-18-2013, 01:53 PM   #18
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Nev-R-Lube is only available on larger sized axles than those which are commonly used on small fiberglass trailers.
The Dexter website says the Nev-R-Lube feature is available with the 3500 lb Torflex Axle.
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Each to their own, I guess. I would rather spend the fifteen minutes per wheel and know they were good.

While I have done a lot of "shade tree" mechanics over the years, I had never done bearings until 2004 when we bought our first trailer. I do it once a year and it takes me about an hour to an hour and a half from start to finish. That includes rereading the procedure in the Dexter manual and hitching the tow vehicle to the trailer. It costs less than $10 for the seals, grease, and a new cotter pin and fulfills that primal need to get grease under my finger nails for another year. Raz
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I don't even take the wheel off when I do mine, saves a lot of time.
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I'm looking at 4 wheels on 2 axles?? Wish I had known about E-Z-Lube
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The Dexter website says the Nev-R-Lube feature is available with the 3500 lb Torflex Axle.
Good advice on rotating the wheel. In addition it must be known that a hand grease gun can produce more than 3000 pounds of pressure, so ease and patience is called for.
Guess I missed the 3500 pound axle with Nev-R-Lube. The only ones I saw were 6 Lug.
They're only offered with 6 lug hubs.
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I'm looking at 4 wheels on 2 axles?? Wish I had known about E-Z-Lube
Should we restart the thread on tandem vs. single axle again?

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Guess I missed the 3500 pound axle with Nev-R-Lube. The only ones I saw were 6 Lug.
They're only offered with 6 lug hubs.
Yes, the large bolt circle diameter is required to clear the Nev-R-Lube bearing assembly, which is right in the middle (axially) of the hub... same place as the mounting face in typical near-zero-offset trailer axle configurations. Modern motor vehicles get around this problem by offsetting the mounting face outboard, beyond the bearings.

Dexter offers bolt pattern choices on their axles; a 3500 lb axle may be available with Nev-R-Lube only in combination with the wide 6-bolt pattern (which does happen to match some light trucks, but not likely in offset).
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A friend had me repack the bearings on his 2010 Escape before it was a year old. Dexter goes very lite on the grease hardly any. I took the hubs apart repacked the bearings with grease and replaced the seals. I told other Escape owners to check their bearings at the time.
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After I re-packed the bearings for the first time the hub seemed to run hot for the first several hours and then cool down. It was a manual re-pack, not with the E-Z Lube feature. I decided I might be packing them too full. Have any of you run into this? Is it possible to pack too much grease into the bearings?
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My 2003 Casita has a 3500 lb axle, 5 studs (on 4.5" center) with EZ Lube. I put about 2 easy squeezes in each spring (spinning the wheel during the greasing per Dexter service manual) and check the play. I don't add so much that it oozes out.

About every other year I adjust the brakes.

No play to speak of. Haven't removed or repacked the bearings. I'm somewhere about 18k miles on the trailer.
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Ray, what I have always been led to believe, and do myself, is to completely pack the bearings themselves full, and add lube to all the surfaces, but to leave the dust cap empty. I have done this many dozens of times with no issue.

Not counting the jacking time which we would likely all do different, it takes about 30 minutes tops to remove the wheel, inspect the brakes, and repack the bearings.
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