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Old 01-01-2015, 05:46 PM   #1
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Lube wheel bearings?

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1) How often ? I had mine hand lubed at 5,000 fist time since new. Gave a couple shots with a grease gun at about 21,000. Now at 23,350. When needed again?
2) trailer has now sit for over 8 months. Do I need to jack/rotate wheels?

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Dexter Axle says 12 months/12K miles. Alko-Kober says 6 months/6K miles (which I think is overkill). OTOH, perhaps they know something we do not.
Yes, I would jack up the axles, rotate the wheels a few times, making sure the tires did not return to the same spot to spread sidewall stress to a different section of the tire. If not already, tires should be inflated to sidewall maximum.
Over time, grease slowly migrates to the lowest spot, leaving bearings unprotected, resulting in rust.
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I grease mine every two years, I probably could go three years, but at two years I get the chance to check the brakes, magnets, and the brake springs just for a piece of mind.

But being retired I have the time to do it, seeing that every day is a Saturday.
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Every year, period. I don't use the grease gun, I take them apart and hand pack every spring. While the tires are off, rotate the tires and check them over and visual inspection of all brake components, and suspension components at the same time. I put on between 6k and 12k miles a year so far.
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Wheel bearing grease is NOT going to migrate to a low spot or leave your bearing unprotected, it is engineered to stay put.

I could see tire sidewall flex being a problem but not stress, since the pressure inside the tire is even, all around.

Just thinking out loud
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rrray, I know this is not what you asked about, but, every time you grease wheel bearings, inspect brakes or tires, be sure to inspect your spring shackles. They have a long history of wearing quickly and/or breaking.
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Check brakes, spring shackles and lube bearings every 25,000 and that may be to often. How often do you lube your front wheel bearings on your truck? At brake replacement? On mine that is 50 - 60,000 miles.
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Check brakes, spring shackles and lube bearings every 25,000 and that may be to often. How often do you lube your front wheel bearings on your truck? At brake replacement? On mine that is 50 - 60,000 miles.
trailer bearings and hubs are quite different that automobile bearings and hubs. Some people choose to ignore mfgrs. recommendations, others choose to follow what the company that made the product recommends. Each of us are free to treat our equipment as we choose.
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trailer bearings and hubs are quite different that automobile bearings and hubs.
How are they different? All the trailer bearings and hubs looked and worked zactly the same as the one on my car/truck/trailer.

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We typically move every few weeks year round, usually put 10k to 15k a year on 5er.
I normally repack the wheel bearings and inspect brakes annually, peace of mind and no breakdowns on the road, priceless.
Just completed our initial bearing, seal and break inspection at 5k miles.
No problems found except one grease seal was starting to leak a little grease.
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How are they different? All the trailer bearings and hubs looked and worked zactly the same as the one on my car/truck/trailer.

Tim
There are two different types ow wheel bearings used on trailers.

With the standard type, you take them apart, clean out the old grease, and pack in new grease.

The other type are called "Easy Lube" bearings. Those have a grease zerk. You rotate the wheel while pumping grease into the zerk with a grease gun. The old grease will ooze out around the edges. When new grease starts oozing out, it is done.

Since the OP mentioned using a grease gun, I would guess that he has the Easy Lube bearings.

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EZ Lube bearings still need to be re-packed. They are primarily designed for immersion applications. You are playing Russian Roulette if you rely on greasing.
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EZ Lube bearings still need to be re-packed. They are primarily designed for immersion applications. You are playing Russian Roulette if you rely on greasing.
According to the manufacturer, pumping in grease until no more of the old grease is coming out is the proper procedure.

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According to the manufacturer, pumping in grease until no more of the old grease is coming out is the proper procedure.

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Maybe in a perfect World and if you have Roadside Assistance Insurance!

Otherwise repack your bearings the old fashioned way!
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