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Old 11-07-2006, 02:46 PM   #1
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How to remove wheel bearing dust covers

Got a 91 25' and can't make sense out of how to get the covers off without taking a hammer to them. AS says to use a putty knife to pry them off. Don't see how this could work. If you use a thin knife, it's too weak to pry. Use a thick one and you might as well use a sledge hammer. So, anyone know the real way to get this dumb things off? Great design feature.
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Old 11-07-2006, 02:56 PM   #2
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There is actually a tool that has jaws that grab the cap on two sides, somewhat like an oversize pair of pliers. Most folks don't have these, and a large pair of Channel-lock pliers will do the trick. The tool will leave a mark, so if the cap is exposed, you will instead need to get a wood chisel or similar tool and tap it in behind the cap a little at a time, working your way around until it's loose. It will come off one way or another.
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Old 11-07-2006, 03:12 PM   #3
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Use, WHAT ELSE, a screwdriver (flat blade) and rubber mallet, tap softly at the edge where the cap meets the brake drum in a circle around the cap. It will pop off - not much to hold it but light friction. It only goes in about 3/8ths of an inch. Replacements are cheep at any auto supply.
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Old 11-07-2006, 03:49 PM   #4
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So - - Nevermind. When I asked around about repacking the wheels, I asked if it was just like a car and the wheels stay on. The answer was yes, the wheels stay on. Right. The "dust caps" I was trying to remove (and damaging) where the "hub caps" that are flanged onto the wheels. So, the wheels do in fact have to come off first. Magic. The rest is then, "just like a car". To make my day even better, I found the "jack" point under the trailer clearly marked "jack". I jacked the tires off the ground and took a look at where the jack was placed to make sure it was OK. You know the rest. the "jack" point is not the "jack" point. It's about 1'+- inward from the "jack" sticker. I figure I've got about $500+- of body work to do now as a result of using the "jack" point. Oh well. Thanks for your responses. Sorry I was asking the wrong question.
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Old 11-07-2006, 04:19 PM   #5
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Hi edfos2--The hole is just in the under pan that you can't see. Just tape over the hole with aluminum foil tape to keep out the water, and leave it as is.--Frank S
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Hi Frank: Not sure if you meant your answer for me. Don't know what "hole" you're describing. Could you elaborate? I do have a 3/4" hole where the sheeting was rivited to a brace that I bent the hell out of with the jack but it's clearly visible on the outside surface. Is there other damage I should look for? thanks
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Hi Frank: Not sure if you meant your answer for me. Don't know what "hole" you're describing. Could you elaborate? I do have a 3/4" hole where the sheeting was rivited to a brace that I bent the hell out of with the jack but it's clearly visible on the outside surface. Is there other damage I should look for? thanks
I'll jump in here until Frank replies, I think I know what he means. It sounds like you probably damaged the belly skin, and not the side panel? If it's only belly skin, a patch should be fairly easy and it's on the bottom where it won't be seen. If it damaged the side panel or banana wrap, then you may have other problems. Any photos?
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Old 11-07-2006, 05:58 PM   #8
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Thanks Dave: Unfortunetly, you can see the damage to the black rolled pan that starts on the bottom and rolls a few inches up the side. There's a brace inside attached to the frame at right angles that I used as the lifting point and it is now somwhere up inside. That help? No photos yet.
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Old 11-07-2006, 08:24 PM   #9
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Sorry, forgot to upright some of them.
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someone with skin experience help

Edfos2,
Sorry, I was away from the computer for a while.
I'm not the guy who can help you most, there are lots of folks here on the forums who have done a lot of this kind of work. Hopefully they will chime in here. Here's what it looks like to me.
The banana wrap is dented, it sounds like one of the outriggers has probably been bent up.
Depending on how handy you are and tools available, you can drill out the rivets to the affected area and pull off the banana wrap. This will allow you to see any structural damage. At that point a plan can be made for proceding further. I'm guessing that the outrigger can be coaxed back into position and stabilized, the dent in the aluminum can be pushed back into place from the back side, and it won't be too noticable, if at all.
In my opinion the banana wrap needs to come off first, then you'll know what you have.
Someone else jump in here - any other thoughts?
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This has developed into a skin/rivets type of thread, you may want to start a new thread there and see what kind of help you get. There is no shortage of experience here on the forums.
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Thanks, I'll see if I can make that happen. Is there some direct way I can paste all this over to that thread? Appreciate your ideas.
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