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Old 06-02-2010, 09:11 PM   #1
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Wheel Bearings

I recently purchased a laser temp gun from Harbor Freight on sale. I had not used it for anything useful, just played around with it.

Returning from the Texas Boomer rally Monday we made a pit stop and I thought I would check the wheels on the truck and trailer. I aimed at the wheels right next to the center cap. All were in the mid 120 degree range except for on trailer wheel. It was in the upper 140's.

Today I pulled down the wheel and checked the bearings. The outer bearing had a bad spot on it and was eating up the race. Would not have been long and I might have been stranded on the side of the road.

Bearings had been checked and repacked less than a year ago, so my $35 investment sure saved me some trouble on the road.
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A heck of a lot cheaper than a service call to repair a thrashed hub and spindle.
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A perfect example for those who have all the "toys" but are too bothered to use them. Good Luck!!
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Old 06-14-2010, 10:44 PM   #4
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I've got one too, it may not prevent problems but it can help predict them.
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I use mine when I remember to. I need to put in new batteries now.

Oh, it is not a "Laser" heat gun, it operates from infrared and the laser is just the pointer.

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