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Old 07-20-2011, 08:36 AM   #29
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Thanks for the reply. I always monitor the wheel temperature when driving, and will take your advice and will give the wheels a "spin and pull" test.
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Old 05-20-2014, 12:28 PM   #30
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Looking back over some older threads, I can now update this report having myself personally disassembled the wheel that had this problem.

The leaking oil I saw was due to an unnecessarily generous application of assembly lubricant when the bearings were pressed into the hubs. It looks like the setup grease used when rebuilding engines, and it has a much lower melting point than chassis grease.
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Old 05-21-2014, 06:41 AM   #31
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Thanks for the update.
My nevr-nevr's still going strong <knock-knock>

PS. shouldn't this thread be in the "Wheels, hubs, bearings" sub-forum?
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Old 04-24-2015, 02:14 PM   #32
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Difficult Nev R Lube

Anyone have trouble pulling the drum off of the spindle with Nev R Lube's? I was checking my bearings and breaks the other day, the first three drums came off without a problem. The fourth was stuck on and took 20 min of shaking and pulling to get it loose. Once off every thing looked good. Going back on was just as difficult.

Anyone carry a spare drum and bearing?
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There are some other threads on this. I've pulled drums and haven't had them stick.

Given the cost, size, and weight of a bearing and drum assembly, and the relatively few reported failures, I don't carry a spare. Some of the boat trailer crowd complain about nev-r-lubes but that's an application where they're immersed. Overall I think they've proven to be fairly reliable.
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Old 04-24-2015, 03:11 PM   #34
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I carry one spare bearing....not a whole hub assembly. There's a shop with a press on every corner (ok, every other corner).
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Anyone have trouble pulling the drum off of the spindle with Nev R Lube's? I was checking my bearings and breaks the other day, the first three drums came off without a problem. The fourth was stuck on and took 20 min of shaking and pulling to get it loose. Once off every thing looked good. Going back on was just as difficult.

Anyone carry a spare drum and bearing?
Rapping the drum with a 2x4 or deadblow hammer can break free the bond.
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Old 04-24-2015, 05:30 PM   #36
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Did you back off the brake shoes before attempting to remove the drum?


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Yes, backed off the brakes. The bearing and spindle are very tight.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:09 PM   #38
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Not likely but the bearing could of locked and the inner race welded itself to the spindle.
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Old 04-24-2015, 08:58 PM   #39
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I carry a complete hub with bearing and a separate bearing. I realize it's overkill. Our last trip was over 8K miles so I justify it. Pulling a 27 FB with an F350 diesel, weight really isn't a concern.


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Old 04-25-2015, 05:25 PM   #40
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I carry one spare bearing....not a whole hub assembly. There's a shop with a press on every corner (ok, every other corner).
Last time I needed to find a guy with a press, the corner was 75 miles away in northern Minnesota.

I also had to order the bearings and make two trips to the nearest (but not near) town. They gave me the wrong washer and I had to find a guy with a reamer, but he was 1/2 a mile away. Why don't these things happen when you're home or in view of a wheel bearing emporium?

And I still don't carry spares with me. I figure it happened once to me and the next time will be someone else's trailer.

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I had a recent "experience" with one of my wheels. Here's what you need to know. Nev-r-lube bearings are VERY cool. The ones on my trailer are US made - Timken, 42MM is the size for a '15 Classic. These bearings are in a cartridge and are NOT generally carried in stock by anyone. They are a special order item. If you would like to add disc brakes to your trailer, forget Kodiak or Titan. The Nev-r-lube is not compatible with any of their set-ups. If you should ever remove the Nev-r-lube from your wheel, you are required to replace it with a new unit, and removing it will require a hydraulic press. The cost per bearing is around $150 from e-trailer.
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Our '08 has Nev-r-lube bearings and disc brakes, and a couple of weeks ago while bleeding the brakes trying to reduce the application delay time, I found one dust cap had come out of the hub and rolling around inside the center cap.

I used the BFH and put it back in...hope it stays.
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