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Old 05-20-2012, 01:43 PM
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Finished with packing

Wheel bearings that is. It was time for my 6 month wheel bearing repacking regimen. I found something better and never have to pack another or mess with bearing buddies. They are called Turbo hubs and you can get them at Northern Tools for 55 and under per hub. It borrows a page from the trucking industry. The bearings ride in a constant bath of 90w gear oil. The cover is clear plastic so a daily check lets me know they are full. There is almost no rotational friction so I may even see a slight mileage increase. After 50 miles at highway speed the oil wasn't even warm. Great idea if your chronically late on this chore. Saves me a whole days shop labor and cost of seals and the few bearings that inevitably wear out.
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:42 PM
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Wheel bearings that is. It was time for my 6 month wheel bearing repacking regimen. Saves me a whole days shop labor and cost of seals and the few bearings that inevitably wear out.
What were you repacking the bearing in?
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Old 05-20-2012, 03:53 PM
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Valvoline high temp synthetic. My trailers see more than usual highway speeds.
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Old 05-20-2012, 10:34 PM
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You must really rack up the miles. I don't think I've ever packed a trailer bearing. I use to pack the front hubs on my 4x4s, but I haven't done that in a couple decades, at least.
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:16 AM
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Will these work with trailer brake setups?
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Old 05-21-2012, 12:40 AM
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Personally I think every 6 months is way overboard, once a year is more than enough but the interval calls for every 20 thousand miles.

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You must really rack up the miles. I don't think I've ever packed a trailer bearing. I use to pack the front hubs on my 4x4s, but I haven't done that in a couple decades, at least.
One day they'll give out on you and you will wish you had done it but go ahead, just do what most folks do and don't worry about a thing.
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Old 05-21-2012, 02:12 AM
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To much money and work. I just pull the end caps off and replace them with Bearing Buddies. They are about $5.00 apiece. Then just use a grease gun to give them a shot or more when they need it. Make sure you always use the same grease, as certain types of grease are not compatible with one another.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:11 AM
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Used BB's for years. Still doesn't mean bearings don't wear or they don't need to be inspected. Its called preventative maintenance. Not a day goes by I don't pass a trailer on the expwy with a wheel stripped to the hub.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:12 AM
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Will these work with trailer brake setups?
They worked with my disc setup on the one trailer.
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Old 05-21-2012, 08:54 AM
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20 years in, nothing but a few periodic regular grease squirts to the fitting installed on the hubs.
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