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Old 08-30-2008, 07:31 PM   #1
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Kodiac Oilbath Hub

What is a Kodiac oil bath hub assembly? and whats the application? I just grease my bearings and I am on my way. I saw a picutre of it on an Airstream. Pro's and Con's if any.
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An oil bath hub contains gear lube, rather than wheel bearing grease. Most I have dealt with have a sight gauge on the hub which is a translucent cap with a line circling it. As long as the gear lube is high enough to touch the bottom of the line on the bottom of the cap, there is enough.
It is generally used on heavy duty applications, such as semi trailers.
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I now, but I saw this on a Airstream in this forum. I was wondering about any benefits but it would require changing rear seals and bearings right?
They are very common on front axles of semis and heavy duty applications like you said.
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You could do it, but I would be concerned about oil leaking onto the friction surfaces of the brakes, and causing reduced braking.
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Thats what I was htinking , more of a liability. It probably is best to stay with my greased wheel bearings they have lasted this long.
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Oil bath hubs are on steer and trailer axles on big trucks. Hard to beat for ease of inspection (and any oil addition), plus, one knows "immediately" if they are going dry.

They would be my preference if the ones to fit these light duty axles have a long, reliable service life.
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