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Old 06-27-2014, 12:20 PM   #1
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Tag axle wheel possible leak

While inspecting my wheels I noticed my left rear tag axle appears to be bleeding grease or oil from the center of the wheel, perhaps wheel bearing?
The other wheels are clean. Is this something to be concerned with?




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Old 06-27-2014, 12:31 PM   #2
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Yes, it is a problem. DSL417 just reported the same issue.
http://www.irv2.com/forums/f278/wher...ml#post2110745
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Old 06-27-2014, 01:29 PM   #3
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No, it is not a big concern. It will need to be taken care of but not immediately. I put about 6000 miles on mine before it got fixed. I just checked the oil periodically. It is usually caused by too much gear lube or a leaking outer seal. It is mostly an inconvenience. Take your Spartan wheel cap removal tool and take off the cap. When you do you will see a red rubber plug in the middle of a clear plastic disk. The clear disk has lines that show you how full of oil it should be The axle has 90 weight gear lube in it. If you need to add some, just pull the rubber plug and fill to the line. Make sure the coach is level when checking.
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There's a fix. I had it done while at Spartan, but I assume any Spartan warranty shop could do it.
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Old 06-27-2014, 03:43 PM   #5
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I pulled the wheel cap off with the wrench, but can't get the large chrome cover off the wheel seems stuck by the lug nuts...how do I remove the cover?

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Gary, A greasy wheel is a big problem for me. The clean up would drive me nuts.
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The center hub cap (end piece under the nut you removed) will come off. Sometimes you have to use a long screwdriver from the back side through the holes in the wheel and tap lightly to get it off.

The rubber plug has a vent hole in it...veeeery small, like needle size. If it gets plugged or was not formed properly the wheel can force grease past the seal when it warms up, or sometimes with changes in elevation, like travelling from flatlands to the Rockies. Cheapest, easiest thing to check first. In any case once you get the cap off the cause of the leak should be evident.
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It needs addressed, but not emergent. As Gary stated just check the oil level on the bearing on occasion.
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Gary, A greasy wheel is a big problem for me. The clean up would drive me nuts.
That is the main reason it needs to be addressed! The amount of oil that actually leaks out is usually minimal.
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That is the main reason it needs to be addressed! The amount of oil that actually leaks out is usually minimal.
After restoring and showing Corvettes for 20 years, (nothing on the scale of Dusty56) any drop of oil out of place drives me nuts and is major. I drive the DW nuts with that. Do you know how hard it is to get 90 weight from behind the lug nut covers?
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Ok, I got the big chrome cover off, just banged on it with fist...then I found one of the 6 bolts completely off. So I put thread lock and tightened and 4 of the 6 bolts were loose.

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Easy fix....I love those.
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Taraf I was told some time ago that when yoou take that center hub off put a couple of dots of clear silicone on it when putting it back on. It keeps the hub from popping off. I learned it the hard way, and that hub from Spartan is not cheap.
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Popping off is why Entegra and Spartan put the nut on it and furnished the nut wrench. It should not pop off if the nut is tight. All JMHO
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