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Old 08-02-2018, 09:58 PM   #15
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Stemco hub plug

You can just buy the plug at most truck supply stores. If you can wait amazon sells them.85 / 90 gear oil is ok. 1 Qt is enough to fill both sides. Do not clean the plastic with gas, makes the plastic brittle.Unless you smell the gear oil burned you should be able to just add more. Gear oil stinks any way you may not be able to tell unless you have used it before.
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You can just buy the plug at most truck supply stores. If you can wait amazon sells them.85 / 90 gear oil is ok. 1 Qt is enough to fill both sides. Do not clean the plastic with gas, makes the plastic brittle.Unless you smell the gear oil burned you should be able to just add more. Gear oil stinks any way you may not be able to tell unless you have used it before.

Sniff the new, sniff the old, then sniff the other side. It won't take a hound to tell the difference.
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New and old smelled the same. Cleaned it all up, filled up with fresh oil.

Got scared at first as it took 3 to 4 fills before it stopped going down. I assume pretty much all the oil had blown out so it had to seep back in to all the spots.

I made sure the breather hole in the cap was clear. Put the cap back on and duct taped over it - obviously with a hole in the duct tape where the breather hole is.

This should get me home (1.5 hours) and I'll buy some fresh plugs.

Thanks all!
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Cold lubricant takes a little bit to work its way through the outer bearing and equalize the levels. What you saw was normal.
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Uggh! Unfortunately the hub or whatever is bad.

After just 30 miles, the fresh oil turned milky white. By 60 miles, the hub felt warmer than the other side. Got home after 90 miles and it had started to spray out on the tire again.

I put aside money to repair things like this when I bought used - my biggest problem is finding a qualified place to give it to. :(
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Any truck shop can handle it. Turning milky white is an indication of water in the mix. Shouldn't be too bad as long as the inner seal isn't compromised and brake shoes contaminated.
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Since the oil will sit on top of any water in the hub ( cause of milky color ), the front hub will need to be pulled.

The wheel bearings will need to be inspected and the hub completely cleaned out.

The only way to do that is to pull the hub off the spindle, knock out the inner seal, and reach in there.
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On the bright side, you caught it before a catastrophic failure. Better to have a repair bill than ending up sideways in a ditch.
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On the bright side, you caught it before a catastrophic failure. Better to have a repair bill than ending up sideways in a ditch.
absolutely!

I realize I am lucky... hopefully I can find a place to get it fixed quickly as I have a trip coming up in 2 weeks
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