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Old 08-24-2013, 09:37 AM   #1
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Bearing Buddy grease fittings

I'm sure it's been covered many times but I couldn't find the post. I was wondering if anyone uses Bearing Buddy grease fittings. I know a while back I seen a post about them but I don't remember if it was Pro or Con .. I know it would be an easy way to grease every thing without a tear down of the whole tire and hub system just to see if it's ok or not .. Please help if you can

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If you use the Google search box at the top of the page and enter "bearing buddy" you'll find more than 450 results on this Forum. BB are mostly for trailers that have axles immersed in water (boat trailers) but they can work on travel trailers if used properly. They are not intended to replace good maintenance habits and can cause contamination of the brakes.
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Old 08-24-2013, 07:10 PM   #3
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Bearing Buddy caps are designed for axles without brakes_ boat trailers. They keep the grease pressurized by a spring inside. Since most grease seals are not designed to withstand pressurized grease, it is pushed past the seals then runs/is thrown onto the brake shoes. Use them at your own risk.
These caps are totally different than the E-Z lube axles that have a zerk fitting on the end. E-Z lube axles are not under pressure when greased, there is a hole in the axle end cap to allow any excess grease to exit.
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Bearing Buddy caps are designed for axles without brakes_ boat trailers. They keep the grease pressurized by a spring inside. Since most grease seals are not designed to withstand pressurized grease, it is pushed past the seals then runs/is thrown onto the brake shoes. Use them at your own risk.
These caps are totally different than the E-Z lube axles that have a zerk fitting on the end. E-Z lube axles are not under pressure when greased, there is a hole in the axle end cap to allow any excess grease to exit.
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Do not use either one. They are not a replacement for proper bearing maintenance. Or you can use them, never pull your hubs, and coat all your brake magnets, springs, pads, and hubs and have to replace them all.
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"They are not a replacement for proper bearing maintenance."
Right! I forgot to include that in my post. All axle manufacturers recommend annual removal, cleaning, and visual inspection of wheel bearings, with one exception the Nevr-Lube axles which have sealed, self-contained bearings. That is why I never used my E-Z lube zerks. Since I had to remove them annually anyway to inspect the brakes and bearings, it was an excellent opportunity to perform bearing manitenance.
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Bearing Buddy caps are designed for axles without brakes_ boat trailers. They keep the grease pressurized by a spring inside. Since most grease seals are not designed to withstand pressurized grease, it is pushed past the seals then runs/is thrown onto the brake shoes. Use them at your own risk.
These caps are totally different than the E-Z lube axles that have a zerk fitting on the end. E-Z lube axles are not under pressure when greased, there is a hole in the axle end cap to allow any excess grease to exit.
I bought a trailer with EZ Lube hubs, and the previous owner never serviced the bearings, but every year he pumped more grease in to the bearings. When I bought the trailer and towed it home, the brakes didn't work worth a hoot until I dialed up the integrated brake controlled on my truck to the highest setting of 9.

I disassembled the wheel hubs / brake assemblies and all 4 were contaminated with grease, and I could tell they had been running like that for quite some time. I had to replace all 4 brakes drums (they were grooved) and all 4 brake assemblies.

I don't think bearing buddies should be used on anything but a boat trailer.

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Another photo of the mess I had to deal with:

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