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Old 07-12-2018, 07:59 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, 02:56 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, 04:22 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, 04:10 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, 06:02 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, 08:23 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, 02:52 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, 04:01 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, 04:16 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, 06:57 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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Old 08-29-2018, 02:46 AM   #11
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Dexter used to have an entire .book' on axles which seems to have disappeared since LCI bought them. This is a substitute and has their recommenced greases:file:///C:/Users/jdwht/AppData/Local/Temp/light-duty-hubs-drums-and-bearingsd07a839d2ba463c18d7aff64007a4014.pdf :

I use the Mystic as it is available at Tractor Supply
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:03 AM   #12
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Dave, Looks like you copied the path to that file on your hard drive which is not accessible to readers on the forum.
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Old 08-30-2018, 11:31 AM   #13
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I bought Timken wheel bearing grease, from amazon, along with the NEW grease seals.

It looked a lot like what the OEM USED.

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Old 08-30-2018, 11:48 AM   #14
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Dave, Looks like you copied the path to that file on your hard drive which is not accessible to readers on the forum.
Interesting and you are correct. Another Windows 10/Firefox change that I'll have to figure out.

Use this to find the Dexter Axle Manual:https://www.dexteraxle.com/resources/manuals

Click on the Light Duty manual and scroll to page 53 and you will see their grease specs
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Since I'll be doing wheel bearing maintenance myself soon (ordering the correct grease thanks to this thread) and I don't have pullers or other methods of removing the seal, this looks like an easy method and I have the three tools. Of course you don't want to damage the surrounding seal seat, but other than being careful there it seems workable.

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If you don't have a seal puller I use one of these. Just be a bit careful not to score the seal area. It's not as fragile as one may think.
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Since I'll be doing wheel bearing maintenance myself soon (ordering the correct grease thanks to this thread) and I don't have pullers or other methods of removing the seal, this looks like an easy method and I have the three tools. Of course you don't want to damage the surrounding seal seat, but other than being careful there it seems workable.

That guy made that look VERY difficult!
I've always used the end of a hammer handle (wooden) & my hand & bumped it out from the front. About 2-3 bumps it'll be out. Use the same end of the hammer to tap it back in.
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Old 08-30-2018, 06:26 PM   #18
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I've never seen anybody pull a seal like that. About guaranteed to get trash in the bearing. I worked for 35 years with 100+ Millwrights and probably 30 of them in the shop at any one time rebuilding pumps, gearboxes, turbines, etc. I'm pretty sure my old boss would have taken those tin snips and thrown them in the scrap lugger.
You can buy a seal remover for almost nothing at Harbor Freight.
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Harbor Freight seal puller $7.99 reg price. Usually there's a coupon with a price of $4.99. https://www.harborfreight.com/seal-p...ips-63039.html
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If you have access to a slide hammer, they work well too. My slider has done its job for many years Surprisingly, the HF one that John refers to has a bunch of poor reviews but that type works well
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