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Old 03-14-2010, 08:56 PM   #1
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axle seals / grease??

Getting ready to repack the bearings for the first time, since my purchase in Sept of 09.

Read a few threads regarding axle seals are hard to find. Anyone out there know where I can purchase a set?

Planning on using Mobile 1 grease anyone have issues with Mobile 1 ??

Thanks for the help!
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:01 PM   #2
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Take out one of the old seals, and head to your local Napa. The last set I got there cost about $4 each, but that price varies.
I've never had a problem with Mobil 1.
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Old 03-14-2010, 09:06 PM   #3
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We just ordered second set of seals for our 2005 International. Here's what we ordered:
1 5331099 DEXTER 2.25" ID Grease Seal #010-036-00 8
$4.29 $34.32 2 5331010 12" x 2" Electric Brake Assembly - Right Hand / 5.2k #K23-106-00 2
$43.99 $87.98 3 5331009 12" x 2" Electric Brake Assembly - Left Hand / 5.2k #K23-105-00 2
$43.99 $87.98We bought these from Eastern Marine Trailer Parts Superstore. They answered email questions rapidly and accurately, shipment went out on day after we ordered, and parts arrived less than one week later. We'll see how the stuff works out when we get to my father-in-law's house in a couple of weeks.

Hope this helps,
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Old 03-14-2010, 10:01 PM   #4
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Don't know about the seals, but I do use Mobil 1 all of the time and it has worked great / held up well. Whenever I repack every couple of years, it sure isn't because of the grease, but only because I like to check the brakes out.
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There are seals with and without stainless coil springs inside the seal mating surface. Price will vary. I prefer the seals with springs as I don't remove my bearings every year.

My local repair guy who specializes in transmissions, drive lines, and rearends says "high temp grease" should be labeled as such.

I would check those bearing surfaces closely. I don't know if Airstream is using chinese bearings but, if they are, look for pitted surfaces.

Around me in Tennessee, there is an outfit call "Motion Industries" that is a to z on bearings and seals. They are owned by the same holding company that ownes NAPA parts stores.

There are gray market bearings being slipped into the USA, I don't know about seals but, wouldn't hurt to be careful and verify the sellers source.
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Old 03-14-2010, 11:38 PM   #6
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grease seal.

The correct seal is double lipped and has a stainless steel spring in it, and is top of the line.

Cheap grease seals, are exactly that.

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Old 08-24-2010, 08:05 PM   #7
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I checked the seals in the axles that I got from Inland RV and they are the imported type with no springs. Car Quest said that they have had no problems with the imported seals. Imported seals $6.00 plus and U.S. seals with spring is $18.00 plus. Wow!!!!
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I've run both types of seals in my tandem bass boat trailer. I repack every year and have not had a problem with water with either type. A boat trailer bearings live in a much harsher environment than an Airstream so I would think that as long as you repack every year or so and don't run in deep water the cheaper one should be fine. The load on an Airstreams bearing will in many cases be much higher than even a big bass boat so cheap bearings or cheap grease could be a big mistake.
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Old 08-24-2010, 08:37 PM   #9
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I checked the seals in the axles that I got from Inland RV and they are the imported type with no springs. Car Quest said that they have had no problems with the imported seals. Imported seals $6.00 plus and U.S. seals with spring is $18.00 plus. Wow!!!!
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US double lipped seals with springs are no where near $18.00, not even from Airstream.

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