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Old 07-12-2018, 08:59 AM   #1
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Wheel bearings

How often should your wheel bearings be greased and/or repacked?
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Old 07-12-2018, 03:56 PM   #2
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Just my suggestion, once per year or 5000 miles. Check brakes and repack bearings.
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Old 07-12-2018, 05:22 PM   #3
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Typically once per year, unless you are full timing and towing long distances. Once per year is assuming typical weekend/couple weeks/holiday warrior use.
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Old 07-13-2018, 05:10 AM   #4
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After the first year change out the china junk bearings and races for Timken (U.S.A made) and repack every 5K with new seals...
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Old 07-13-2018, 07:02 AM   #5
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Per Dexter axle - 12mos or 12,000 miles which is exactly what the cars before encapsulated bearings took over about 20 years ago. The first inspection and repack should be after you take possession as there have been way too many early failures from lack of grease or poor quality parts.
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Old 07-13-2018, 09:23 AM   #6
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My recommendation is tear them apart & hand pack annually. By doing this you can inspect all bearing related parts, brakes & suspension components & good to travel for another season.
DO NOT use the easy lube zerks, unless you are 110% confident in the grease seals, too many contaminated brakes from cheap or worn seals resulting in NO trailer brakes.
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Old 08-28-2018, 03:52 PM   #7
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Can anyone recommend or list what type of axle grease to use? I will be opening the wheels up / inspecting and hand packing the bearings. I purchased high temp bearing grease from the local auto parts store, but I don't want to use the wrong grease. Many thanks for your help.
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:01 PM   #8
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Can anyone recommend or list what type of axle grease to use? I will be opening the wheels up / inspecting and hand packing the bearings. I purchased high temp bearing grease from the local auto parts store, but I don't want to use the wrong grease. Many thanks for your help.
I think what you have is the right stuff. Just try to remove all of the current grease in the bearings and wheel cavities as some wheel bearing greases are not compatible. YMMV
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Old 08-28-2018, 05:16 PM   #9
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I think using the grease zeros is fine,, but doesn't take too much,, excess will blow a good seal out
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Old 08-28-2018, 07:57 PM   #10
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I think one of the greases Dexter recommends is Mobil1 synthetic. That's what I have been using. Hand packed.
I didn't repack this year. Only made one trip of 2,000 miles last year. Probably re-pack this winter. Might try Lucas Red and Tacky.
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