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Old 03-13-2004, 10:34 PM   #15
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Wheel Bearing Repack?

Greetings JaceBeck!

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What is the consensus for getting the bearings repacked and the brake shoes changed out? The rig has about 10-12K miles on it.
I am not a do-it-yourselfer either, and if your travel plans take you in a Southerly direction; you are only about 210 miles from Cedar Falls, Iowa. In Cedar Falls, you will find an Airstream dealer whom I trust and have no qualms about recommending to my fellow Airstreamers. I have trusted them with all maintenance and virtually all repairs on both of my Vintage coaches. In more than eight years, every project that they have completed has proven to be reliable and VERY well done. In fact, my plans are to make an annual trip back to Cedar Falls for inspection and repairs on the coach that will be used for my major summer travel plans even when I move to my new home that will be 600 miles from Cedar Falls. (I currently travel 180 miles to Cedar Falls from the Illinois Quad Cities when my coaches need service/repairs.)

While I would certainly expect to have the bearings repacked on a coach the age and mileage of yours, I would not expect the brakes to need major service beyond some possible adjustment. I have been in the habit of having Ace Fogdall's Service Department perform a major inspection on whichever coach I plan for my long Summer expedition (bearing/brake service, clean/inspect/adjust all LP Gas appliance burners, test LP Regulator, check battery condition, check operation of Univolt, and check/inspect air conditioner - - I trust their service technicians to level with me regarding needed service and I have followed their recommendations without any regrets. Even with coaches 26 and 40 years old, I have been fortunate through careful attention to detail and the regular attention of caring, qualified mechanics to be on the road for several weeks each summer without significant mechanical or coach problems - - the extent has been a shorted switch in the electric tongue jack on the Overlander (2001), and a shorted out brake magnet on the Overlander (1999) (after more than 6,000 miles of travel following its pre-trip check-up).

Good luck with your pre-trip preparations!

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Old 03-14-2004, 06:52 AM   #16
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When I pulled my hubs for the first time, during the axle change out. The grease had broken down to the point of being the consistancy of pancake syrup. Concerned about the bearing condition, I took them up to the local NAPA auto parts store, and we compared them on the counter to a new set. We determined that my set was still in good condition, so re-used them. I repacked with Amsoil synthetic grease. I used the same device that Jim8860 posted a picture of.
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We are all concerned about the running gear on our rigs as well we should be. When was the last time you had the rear bearings repacked on your auto or truck? My Jeep has 125 k miles on it and they have never been repacked. It makes sense to look at your wheels and tires on regular basis. Even sitting up there is condensate that gets in there. It certainly makes you feel better when you get out on the road to know that you have done all you can to make the trip a safe one. I'm leaving next month on an 8,000 mile cross country trip. I have extra spare tires and a complete brake set that I am taking. I don't expect to have to use any of it, but I am prepared.
Check those wheels everytime you stop. A tire low on air will run much hotter than the ones that are properly inflated. On long trips check the air pressure before leaving in the AM it could prevent a blowout on the highway. Tires and bearings usually give you pleanty of warning if you will just pay a little attention to them.
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I repacked the wheel bearing on our AS yesterday. They looked good so I replaced only seals. I bought an extra set of Timken bearings and a seal to carry on the AS. I had to drive a cup out of the hub to get the part number. The brakes looked good but I had not considered carrying replcement parts. I had an old device to pack the grease in the bearings from years ago but I had not stored it properly and it had attracted so much dirt that I did not want to use it. I packed them buy hand which forces the grease in well also. For this procject I used surgical type rubber disposable gloves we buy at Costco. By changing gloves frequently I keep from getting grease all over.
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Old 03-14-2004, 01:13 PM   #19
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Phil I pack mine by hand as well, then wipe the excess grease on my pants. I don't know why my wife gets upset when I put them in the clothes hamper with all the other clothes. I've watched the Tide commercials they get all the stubborn stains out. BTW do you have a part number for that rear seal?
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Rick,
I do not have a parts number for the inner wheel seal. I went into the AS dealer in Tacoma Wa and they said they pull the seal out and take it to Six Roblees, an industrial truck brake supplier nearby, and get a seal. I pulled a seal out and took it in and the counter guy looked at it and went in the back room and came out with some just like it. I asked how he knew it was the right one and he said it is a very commen trailer seal. It has no numbers or package but fits. I have bearing numbers if any one is interested.
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Phil I would be intersted in knowing if you got the same numbers that I did.
outer bearing LM67048 1.250"
Inner bearing 25580
National Seal 412920

When I replaced the seal I didn't write down the number. I was too busy putting it back together

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Wheel bearings and seals

Here is a previous thread with some ordering information.
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Thanks...

Thanks for everyone's input. It is clear that the consensus is to get the work done, so I will tow it right from dead storage to the dealer and get it done. Thanks again!
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Rick,
On my AS the bearing numbers are:
Outer set cone L44649
cup L 44610
Inner set cone L68149
cup L68111
I do not have any measurements for these bearings.
The big success of this project I kept most of the grease off my cloths and out of the house.
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Thanks Phil, Carol makes me strip in the laundry room. Have you ever seen Charles Shultz's character "Pig Pen" well Charlie must have met me somewhere along the line. Grease just jumps to me if I am within 5' of it and it seems like the nicer the clothes I have on the further the grease can jump.
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