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Old 10-30-2015, 05:18 PM   #1
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Appropriate grease for front wheel bearings?

I plan on cleaning/repacking front wheel bearing soon. The grease I bought from Walmart states nlgi grade 2. GC-LB. High temperature multi-duty complex. Lithium complex. I would like to confirm this is an appropriate grease for front wheel bearings on 34 foot Allegro Bus. 20,500 pound gross vehicle weight. Thanks.
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There should be a lubricants chart in your owners manual that lists the type of wheel bearing grease specified by the chassis mfgr. Different kinds can be used, BUT, when switching types ALL the old grease(including inside the entire hub) should be removed before repacking with a different type, as some are not compatable. Some mfgrs. specify Lithium-based grease, some clay-based, some synthetic.
An RV mfgr. normally does not specify a certain lubricant for the chassis on which the RV is built.
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Are you sure you don't have oil bath bearings?
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I plan on cleaning/repacking front wheel bearing soon. The grease I bought from Walmart states nlgi grade 2. GC-LB. High temperature multi-duty complex. Lithium complex. I would like to confirm this is an appropriate grease for front wheel bearings on 34 foot Allegro Bus. 20,500 pound gross vehicle weight. Thanks.
a 20,500 pound GVWR Allegro BUS ??? please let us know what chassis you have.
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Why are you wanting to do the wheel bearings? Are you prepared for such an undertaking?
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Old 10-31-2015, 12:57 AM   #6
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My wife and I recently purchased a 94 Allegro Bus on an Oshkosh chassis. The previous owner replaced the "hub caps" with Stemco oil bathed caps. The lubricant is goopy and needs to be addressed. I bought new inner and outer seals from freight liner. I plan on removing hubs, cleaning all the old lubricant out and repacking bearings with grease, like it came from the factory . I just Andes to know if the grass I bought was appropriate. Thanks.
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Just my opinion, but I would opt for the wet hubs/oil bath. Spartan says @ 50,000 miles the oil should be drained and refilled with new oil, otherwise just monitor oil level via the Stemco hub caps. I use specific "hub oil". Grease-packed bearings are more difficult to maintain, and there is no way to monitor grease level or quality, unlike wet hubs.
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Just my opinion, but I would opt for the wet hubs/oil bath. Spartan says @ 50,000 miles the oil should be drained and refilled with new oil, otherwise just monitor oil level via the Stemco hub caps. I use specific "hub oil". Grease-packed bearings are more difficult to maintain, and there is no way to monitor grease level or quality, unlike wet hubs.
Agree with Ray, going back to grease packed breakings is a Major step backwards. If the fluid looks cloudy, you should just clean it out and replace the oil to the level indicated on the sight glass.
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Can you add this to a Ford chassis?
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Just my opinion, but I would opt for the wet hubs/oil bath. Spartan says @ 50,000 miles the oil should be drained and refilled with new oil, otherwise just monitor oil level via the Stemco hub caps. I use specific "hub oil". Grease-packed bearings are more difficult to maintain, and there is no way to monitor grease level or quality, unlike wet hubs.
I'll also agree. We haven't had anything but oil filled front hubs since 2000 when we got our first Dutch Star and it came that way. All I ever needed to do was check it every year and change if necessary due to time/mileage but usually time .
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Can you add this to a Ford chassis?
I don't think so but you could ask your Ford Dealer.
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P.S. that "goopy lubricant" is 85W90 gear oil/differential oil, which is almost black, thick, and clingy by design. The way to tell if it is bad is by smell, it has an acrid smell when it needs changing.
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