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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 6:31 pm    Post subject: Re: Grease those trailer bearings! Reply with quote

I bought a small trailer to carry the kayaks and learned a lesson about how tight to get the retaining nuts... Luckily I had a couple friends with a lot more experience that I have working on trailer bearings. Apparently whoever originally assembled the trailer didn't know what to do either.

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PostPosted: Wed Jul 04, 2012 7:32 pm    Post subject: Re: Grease those trailer bearings! Reply with quote

I have never had a problem with trailer bearings failing but i use the same method as Bushy (hand packed) once a year. A thing to remember also is the smaller the wheel the more often it needs grease. Some trailers with 8 inch wheels make many more revolutions in a mile compared to the 15 inch wheels on my trailer.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 6:28 am    Post subject: Re: Grease those trailer bearings! Reply with quote

Dallan,
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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:08 am    Post subject: Re: Grease those trailer bearings! Reply with quote

LOL!

I looked over the new axle carefully, as I plan to do the swap tomorrow. The spindle is drilled with a zerk fitting on the end... so its like the reverse of bearing buddys, pushing grease from inside the spindle out. Kindof a cool feature I didnt notice when I got the axle.

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 06, 2012 9:30 am    Post subject: Re: Grease those trailer bearings! Reply with quote

Sorry Dallan, but i'm a bit old fashion when it comes to packing wheel bearings. Over the years I've seen wheel bearings over heat when packed solid with grease.

I will continue to pack the bearings with NO grease between them.

Proper bearing adjustment for Timken style (tappered roller) is to take a 12" cresent wrench and let the drop weight of the wrench set the nut. If the cotter pin hole doesn't line up, go to the next tighter hole. Tappered Roller bearings require a preload on the bearing.

Ball bearing type (bicycle) are set with just the free play removed with no preloading of the bearing.

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