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Old 04-19-2013, 03:00 PM   #1
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Front axle hub oil

Just wanting to know who changings the oil yearly per spartan and changes it themselves and how.
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As far as I am concerned that is a little overkill. Not necessary. OTR trucks run over 100,000 miles on the oil.
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I suctioned out what I could then replaced it.
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Its easy to do Mr.D's trick, pull the rubber cap & go. Don't overfill. There is a circular Fill line on the clear plastic window, which rides just below the rubber cap. Most fill it till it overflows, then jamb the cap in, which will then leak & make a mess.

Alternative is to remove the wheel, not necessary IMO. You won't change all the oil, probably less than half. But unless the oil is getting black you should be fine. If its discoloring you should remove the wheel & find out what's grinding up.
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Thanks for your reply.
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I suctioned out what I could then replaced it.

+1 Easy to do, and half the oil is fresh.
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+1 Easy to do, and half the oil is fresh.

If the oil is clear, what is the point in changing? Just me but "If it ain't broke, don't fix it". Rather spend my time fishing.
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As far as I am concerned that is a little overkill. Not necessary. OTR trucks run over 100,000 miles on the oil.
Totally agree, however, lack of miles is the culprit here. Temperature changes bring condensation and moisture. Keep the wheels turning (like OTR trucks) you are fine ...stop for 3/6 mos. in a say, coastal/moist climate...same reason you should change other oils on a prescribed bases. Everyone worries about steering tires, I also worry about the bearings the tires/wheels are riding on. Well worth annual attention. Loose a steerage wheel, you ain't driving, just holding on. Pull the hub cap and drain. Replace hub cap/gasket and refill. Very easy.
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Front hubs oil is very easy to check, just pull out the plug a bite to slide a small long flat screw driver all the way down the bottom and pull out. If the oil is light yellow and clean, it good keep on trucking. If it white creamy color or black, go at your nearest truck repair shop. Have your wheel remove and bearing check before just replacing your oil.

I just retired, spend the last thirty years running a diesel truck repair shop and drove Highway Tractor Trailer for the 12 years before that. Seen to many guys on the side of the road with front wheels off or smoking ready to fall off. Better be safe then sorry, have your rig check by someone that certify if your not sure, so that you can drive safely and peace of mind.
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Front hubs oil is very easy to check, just pull out the plug a bite to slide a small long flat screw driver all the way down the bottom and pull out. If the oil is light yellow and clean, it good keep on trucking. If it white creamy color or black, go at your nearest truck repair shop. Have your wheel remove and bearing check before just replacing your oil.

I just retired, spend the last thirty years running a diesel truck repair shop and drove Highway Tractor Trailer for the 12 years before that. Seen to many guys on the side of the road with front wheels off or smoking ready to fall off. Better be safe then sorry, have your rig check by someone that certify if your not sure, so that you can drive safely and peace of mind.
What type of oil is used in the front hubs? Does it vary by Axle Manufacturer, or is it universal for this type of lubing?
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What type of oil is used in the front hubs? Does it vary by Axle Manufacturer, or is it universal for this type of lubing?
I buy Lucas Hub Oil.
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What happens when you pull the red rubber cap? Looks like all your lube would run out. Why pull the red cap when there is a filler cap on the top. I referring to STEMCO Hubs on the front.

What about the back? How are they filled? Got cast hubs on the back of our 2004 Rexhall Roseair 3590ET (ICS 350 Cummins). Can you tell, I just purchased it?
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What happens when you pull the red rubber cap? Looks like all your lube would run out. Why pull the red cap when there is a filler cap on the top. I referring to STEMCO Hubs on the front.

What about the back? How are they filled? Got cast hubs on the back of our 2004 Rexhall Roseair 3590ET (ICS 350 Cummins). Can you tell, I just purchased it?
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Oil fill level is below the cap ...line/circle on the transparent plastic part. If oil flows out when you remove the cap, it is over-filled. I had to replace my red caps last year. Originals were weathered and seeping a bit.

Rear doesn't have Stemco hubs, so no hub oil there.
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