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Submitted: Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:28
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Hi all,maybe dumb Q, not use to having to do this chore. which is the best way to pack trailer bearing's with grease,do i pull wheel off completely or just stack the grese in after taking dirt cap off. Forward thanking you. BoB.
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Reply By: Peter 2 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:39

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:39
Pull it right off, clean everything inc bearings, repack with Castrol APX or similar not high temp bearing grease.
Replace seals when refitting and check bearing freeplay after a short run.
Much easier to do it properly at home with planty of time than to be trying to repair collapsed bearings or broken stub axle on the side of the road.
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Reply By: russ36 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:42

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:42
i had to actually get my girlfriend to show me how to do it so your not on your own......it was a while ago, from memory, we removed the wheel, to access a pin and nut, thus allowing a proper bearing wear and tear, water, rust inspection...
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Reply By: Barnray - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:47

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 16:47
The best way is to remove wheel then remove seal and bearing . clean all old grease out of hub and wash with solvent, wash both bearings and other parts tooand blow of with air. Hand pack the bearings with new grease and also add grease to hub about 200-250ml should be enough. Fit a new seal and refit hub to axle, tighten the nut to about 1/4 to1/2 half turn past the contact then loosen and adjust to one split pin groove past contact. There must be a little bit of prelode on the bearing, but I have found that some people tend to over tighten and this will shorten the bearing life. Last fit a new split pin and the cap. Barnray
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Reply By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 17:02

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 17:02
Hello roofscoot
All the info above is great and accurate stuff.
Only suggestion I'll make is if your cleaning out the old grease DO NOT use kerosene as the solvent.
Kerosene is an abrasive and the residue will work just like a hand full of sand in the new grease.

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Follow Up By: Steve M - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:06

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 11:06
Having been a diesel mechanic for 20 years I have always used kero to clean bearings. It is MUCH cheaper, leaves little residue if blown out after cleaning and I am very sceptical about your assertions that it is "abrasive"

The only problems I have heard of is that if you do not blow away the residue AND do not pack the bearings correctly the kero can leave a film that excludes the grease from the bearings and will not provide sufficient lubrication thus causing damage/wear.

Also how do you know the trendy and expensive products do not do this also.

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Reply By: Member - Pezza (QLD) - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 17:22

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 17:22
G'day Old Fella,

Mate, all the info is spot on but they forgot to mention how to 'hand pack' bearings.
When you've got them all nice and clean put a good lump of grease in the palm of your hand, then grab hold of the bearing with the other hand by putting the pointer and middle finger through the centre, ( keep it clean you dirty old farts ) slap the large side of the bearing down into the palm of your hand into the edge of the grease untill the grease comes up between the rollers in the bearing, do this all the way round the bearing and replace.
All nice clean fun.

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Follow Up By: roofscooter2 - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:03

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:03
thank you all, but take offence to the (old fart) bit.Peezachit (no offence ment) the trouble with you young Faaaaaaaart's is it is a bit like( Chernoble ) spell check, in russia when you blow it hangs around for year's later "Nuclear Waste".LoL BoB.
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Follow Up By: Leroy - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 10:01

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 10:01
"but they forgot to mention how to 'hand pack' bearings."

The key to the mystery!!

Leroy
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Reply By: Axle - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:07

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 18:07
' But There's More'!!, Check that the wheel bearings are ok to reuse again. Rollers blue, pitted hard surfacing, etc.

Have fun
Axle.
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Reply By: Redeye - Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 19:14

Sunday, Mar 05, 2006 at 19:14
Hi,

Dumb question but why not use high temp bearing grease ?

I have electric breaks.

Thanks
Redeye
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Reply By: Barnesy - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 05:37

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 05:37
If kerosene shouldn't be used as the solvent, what is the proper stuff to use?
Barnesy
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Follow Up By: Geoff M (Newcastle, NSW) - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 09:27

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 09:27
Shellite is good,
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Reply By: Richard Kovac - Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 23:59

Monday, Mar 06, 2006 at 23:59
roofscooter2

Try this site

campertrailers.org

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Follow Up By: roofscooter2 - Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 18:31

Tuesday, Mar 07, 2006 at 18:31
Thanks for that Richard it's brilliant. Bob.
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