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Old 05-02-2009, 05:00 PM   #1
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Oil bath front hubs

Anybody have their front wheel hubs replaced with the oil bath type? Do it yourself or have it done? What was the cost either way?
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I just had that done on our '06 Ebdeavor. It was about $150 more than just a repack. It ended up costing about $450. I think it was worth it since repacking is something that should be done every 2 years or so. I considered semi-liquid but went with oil bath instead mostly based on the lack of evidence that it is better than oil bath. Proponents say you don't have to change the seals when converting over to semi-liquid plus if you develop a seal leak you don't run the risk of oil soaking the brake shoes.

They totally removed all the grease in the hub and bearings, replaced all of the seals and installed a Stemco hub and filled with Lucas oil. I decided not to do it myself cause I usually end up with more grease and oil on me and usually ruin a shirt and pants in the process. After watching the process I'm happy I did not even try. In addition to the mess in cleaning out the old grease replacing the seals looked like it could be a bit tricky. Plus, man handling a wheel assembly would have probably laid me up a couple of days.

It iw something that some with average capability can do but I don't even change oil anymore, mostly for the reason stated above.

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Sixpack...did you really need to have this done on an 06? I thought the oil bath was to eliminate repacking...
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One of mine started a small weep of oil at the gasket on the outboard side. A slight added torque on the bolts around cured it.
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Sixpack...did you really need to have this done on an 06? I thought the oil bath was to eliminate repacking...
I did do the oil bath to eliminate repacking. A 2 year interval is what Monaco says for wheel repacking. I don't really agree with that for a coach that does not see the number of miles that an OTR would see but better to err on the side of caution. Would hate to see one of the front wheels flying off and visiting another vehicle. However, dropping a wheel would make for a great story if you survived it.
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I had ours replaced with oil hubs when it came time to do the first repack, about four years ago. It cost almost exactly the same as a repack at the Cummins place in Coburg, Oregon. When I asked the tech writer why I wouldn't want to have the switch done rather than simply have the bearings repacked, he said "So you can pay me to repack them every year?"

About once a year I use a $10 suction pump to pull out all oil that I can and replace it. It takes about 30 minutes and less than a quart of Lucas Hub Oil each time.
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Was thinking about doing this also. Does anyone know where you can buy the kits? Sure would be less work draing the oil and refilling than having to re pack.
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You can get oil seals at truck part shops and usually where they perform truck and rv repairs(chassis,engine,trans.,etc.) Maybe someone that has the same m/h as yours can save you time by giving you the part numbers you need, otherwise they can cross reference your grease seals over to oil seals.The stemco kit for the outter hub (plastic sight glass) will be easy to match
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I'll see if I can find the receipt. It had all the part numbers.

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