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09-21-2011, 12:45 AM
I have a 2007 Big Tex 10k gvw skidsteer trailer from about 120 miles away. It was a Case 95XT with solid tires so it obviously put the trailer overweight.
The trailer pulled fine and the front axle seems fine but when I arrived back home the rear wheels were covered in grease that leaked out of the hub/bearing.
What's going on here? Should I just re-grease them? Or do they need to be replaced?
Moving the 95XT was a one time thing or I'd upgrade to a heavier trailer.
09-21-2011, 12:54 AM
New bearings, seals and repack. The seals are most likely dried out and leaking. I'm guessing this was a long trip for you, between the extra weight and long miles the grease got hot enough to become liquid.
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09-21-2011, 01:21 AM
I would check the brakes as well. If the brakes are worn or if the trailer only has brakes on one axle it will over load the brakes and cause them to over heat. I'm thinking you had to get the hubs pretty hot to make all the grease run out.
09-21-2011, 11:00 AM
Sounds like with the over weight, your bearings were heating up and turned the grease to a liquid, I would take them apart put new bearings/races/seals and repack them with a quality bearing grease. While they are apart I would check the brakes, and magnets, also check to see if they have grease fittings, check to make sure that the grease flows through the passasge way before assembly. I like Big Tex trailers, they are made tough! www.TrailerProjects.com sells the repair parts for your project.
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