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Old 04-23-2018, 02:30 PM   #1
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Bought a new set of brakes and drums for my trailer. The drums come with races installed and the bearings. The bearings are from China. (that is what I expected) Has anybody had bearings from China fail? Should I use them? Should I toss them and buy Timken? The last time I bought Timken was 4 years ago at NAPA and they were made in Mexico. The one I cleaned today sure does look good after 3 years use.

What about the seals that come with the drums? Do they work okay?

My inclination is to just lube them up and go with them. I sorta hate to try to drive out the races.
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Old 04-23-2018, 03:00 PM   #2
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I replaced the bearings, seals and races on both of our trailers with Timken. The Timken just feels heavier and more substantial. Some of the Timken bearings were made in USA and some made in Taiwan. The seals were made in Indonesia.

I think the Timken metallurgy is better than the Chinese products.
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Old 04-23-2018, 04:41 PM   #3
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I buy USA made Tinken bearings and races on Amazon.
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According to my son who works in the industry Timken no longer makes auto or trailer bearings not sure who bought the rights to the name.
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Old 04-23-2018, 05:21 PM   #5
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According to my son who works in the industry Timken no longer makes auto or trailer bearings not sure who bought the rights to the name.
That is just plain sad.

Bill M. Grease them up good and roll with them. If there is no play, check them next year.
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when I replaced my brakes in my previous airstream Dexter Brakes and China bearings they held up but I checked and repacked every 2 years .
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The majority of wheel bearing failures are from incorrect installation. Either foreign material introduced in the grease (re) packing process or incorrect installation and preloading of the wheel bearings.

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According to my son who works in the industry Timken no longer makes auto or trailer bearings not sure who bought the rights to the name.


I think he must be confused.Just Google Timken bearings they are a global company and continue to make automobile and trailer bearings.They are still available made in the USA but you have to search Amazon.
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Timken bearings are of excellent quality whether made in the US or any of their foreign plants. If using the no name china bearings, you can up your odds by using a high quality grease and setting preload properly. Then inspect after the first year to see how they are doing.
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The “genuine” Dexter bearings that I just replaced are stamped made in China. Turns out that there was nothing was wrong with the originals, but I wanted a new set on hand just in case. They came in a kit with news races, seals and pins. Pretty cheap by Airstream standards.
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If anyone is looking for Timken bearings and races, I got a great price on them at RockAuto.com.
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I would replace the bearings/races made of Chinesium with the Timkens - that's what I did....
One of my good friends replaces spindles (patented process) for a living on light, medium and large trucks as well as trailers and other equipment. He tells me that the foreign bearings do not hold up to rigors of high usage or over loading the axle bearings. The foreign bearings will fail much more rapidly vs. a proven manufacturer. It can be difference of failure within a month on foreign and years on a proven manufacturer. Which ever you choose just do the preventative maintenance.
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Thanks for all who replied. Ordered Timken bearings and seals from Amazon. If I get the right ones that is what I am going with.
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So I am curious, how do you find your correct inner and outer Timken bearings, races and seals on Amazon? I would order, but I am not sure how to find the correct fit for my 1966 Overlander with original axles. I have one hub that needs replacing. My other Timkens are in good shape.
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