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Old 01-08-2015, 12:12 PM   #15
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BFlinn is correct. When I deal with bearings I never use any type of solvent. If you don't get all the solvent out it will/may compromise the new grease. Standard grease and synthetics are compatible. But as BFlinn says just wipe them out real good and when you hand pack the bearings it will force more of the old grease out.

Do look at the old grease as you wipe it out of the bearings. If you see any sparkles in the old grease that is the absolute best indication of a bearing that is beginning to fail. When bearing get overheated they lose their hardness and begin to flake apart. They will even flake long before they start to make the standard growling bearing noise.

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How often should these bearings be removed and repacked? I don't recall seeing it listed in my book.
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Old 01-08-2015, 05:19 PM   #17
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I just checked my service disc from Ford for the F-53 chassis. The first mention of packing front wheel bearings/replacing seals is at 60,000 miles.

If I feel energetic in the next 10-K or 20-K I may rush that mileage interval and pack them anyway with some Amsoil synthetic lube. I like that stuff and I don't mind doing the job since it will only cost me the lube and I know it will be done to specifications.


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How often should these bearings be removed and repacked? I don't recall seeing it listed in my book.
It was mentioned in post #10. 60,000 miles or when brake job is done, which is usually less than that.
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