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Old 06-09-2022, 09:13 AM   #1
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Check your wheel Bearings

We left on a cross country trip this week got to Joplin,mo. The ABS light went on and I smelt smoke.Called Coach net they said itís ok keep driving it. Drove another 15 miles smoke was pouring out of left front tire.Found a shop to bring it to,stuck in a hotel till they could fix it. They called me and said when they jacked up tire wheel fell off,I was very lucky the damage that was done by the wheel bearings not being serviced was expensive and dangerous. Check bearings in wheels if you are doing a long trip.
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Old 06-09-2022, 09:45 AM   #2
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When I was a kid...I had a bearing noise in a vw bug. I,being a broke college kid, kept driving.
One day making a left hand turn off a busy road the brake pedal went to the floor.
I managed to pull into a pull off across the road
And the left rear brake drum still attache
To the tire was resting on the rear
Spindle..I jacked the car up and put the wheel back on. The wheel nut was resting inside
the half moon hubcap..I found a nail
And used it as a cotter pin and was able
to drive home...replaced the bearing the next day...That could have been alot worse..
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Abs light on and smelled smoke. Pretty sure I wouldnt have drove it further on someones advise over the phone.
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Old 06-09-2022, 03:46 PM   #4
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We left on a cross country trip this week got to Joplin,mo. The ABS light went on and I smelt smoke.Called Coach net they said itís ok keep driving it. Drove another 15 miles smoke was pouring out of left front tire.Found a shop to bring it to,stuck in a hotel till they could fix it. They called me and said when they jacked up tire wheel fell off,I was very lucky the damage that was done by the wheel bearings not being serviced was expensive and dangerous. Check bearings in wheels if you are doing a long trip.


Good advise, I have oil filled hubs which I check at least yearly and I just had tires so I checked them then. Also look for oil on wheels.
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Just checking fluid level might not be enough, how often do you check bearing "pre-load?"
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Just checking fluid level might not be enough, how often do you check bearing "pre-load?"
I certainly agree that checking oil is probably not enough. Our rule of thumb is that every 10k to 12k miles, we spin that wheel and adjust that bearing, generally for being to loose and then making sure itís not to tight. Unless weíre doing a boat trailer, we use the same mileage for packed bearings, maybe a little less.
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Same goes for us older rv's that are 20yrs plus.. and use packed grease bearings.. don't wait 20yrs.. re pack and inspect every 5yrs.. even if not 50,000 miles.. and if you drive through high water or big storm .. you better make a note and recheck and inspect.. high water/ big storms can get water in diff and wheel bearing..and don't forget the diff.. change that too..
Good luck and keep us posted
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Good advise, I have oil filled hubs which I check at least yearly and I just had tires so I checked them then. Also look for oil on wheels.
Every chassis mfgr. recommends visually checking hub oil level prior to each days driving.
Spartan Chassis told me to remove my chrome center hub covers so I could see the plastic hub cap and oil level during my walk-around each morning.
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Just curious as to what kind of vehicle the OP is posting about and how long since the bearings were last checked? I couldn't find any info in his/her profile.
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Spartan Chassis told me to remove my chrome center hub covers so I could see the plastic hub cap and oil level during my walk-around each morning.

Some of the best advice you can get. Not only the oil level but the condition is important. As I was tearing this down I looked through the cover trying to understand what I was seeing, it looked sorta like oil but not like oil. When I got the cover off I was amazed, it was the most coked up mess I've seen that was still operating.

This motor home had changed hands a couple of times in the five years before I got it. With the hub caps and not a lot of understanding about how these work and are put together I'm sure no one had a clue. They used it and parked it.

Gas or diesel there's a lot of maintenance that has to be done to the chassis. Easier accessibility makes easier maintenance. If it's not done you'll start replacing expensive parts.
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Why I have a HF temp gun in my door pocket. After driving for a few hours a quick walk around with it, checking wheel hubs, tires, etc lets me know if all is OK
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