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Old 09-11-2011, 06:19 PM   #1
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Grease on the wheel

Just came in off about a 400 mile trip with our 1983 31ft Excella. About a month ago put new brakes bearings seals everything on the trailer and made a few test runs with everything looking fine. I did check the wheels for excess heat a number of times with good cool running tires and rims during this trip. Well I noticed one rim had a little run of grease or oil looking substance coming out from under the moon hubcaps. Popped the hubcap and the wheel has oil or something looking like it around a few areas. I removed the dust cover on the axle to inspect and it looks fine. These dust covers are the originals and are beaten up. Could this be a bad dust cover allowing some of the grease to escape. Only one wheel. Anyone had this happen before?
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Old 09-11-2011, 06:49 PM   #2
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Wheel Seal

Sounds like one of your new wheel seals failed.
Perhaps you damaged it when you installed it.
No big deal.
This stuff happens.
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The grease or oil looking run is not on the rear of the tire it's in front on the metal rim. Wouldn't a seal leak appear On the back of the tire?
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What kind of grease did you use? Cheap grease will melt and turn almost to oil under hot conditions.

If the cap is beat up and leaky it would allow the melted grease to leak out.

Could be you used too much grease.

You could check it again "hot" and see if the grease has any body to it. If it is real melted you may need to redo the job with better quality grease.
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The grease or oil looking run is not on the rear of the tire it's in front on the metal rim. Wouldn't a seal leak appear On the back of the tire?
I misread your post, and was thinking back of tire.
Ganaraska is most likely spot on (No pun intended.)
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I did pack them heavily and a little extra in the dust cover at another persons advice. Probably right melt off of excess. Did use quality grease best grade from advanced auto. I'll clean the dust covers and watch it again next trip in 2 weeks. Bearings are running normal no excess heat so sure they are fine. Thanks for the input it is nice to be able to share a problem and get good advise from people who have had similar events. Thanks!!!
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I did pack them heavily and a little extra in the dust cover at another persons advice. Probably right melt off of excess. Did use quality grease best grade from advanced auto. I'll clean the dust covers and watch it again next trip in 2 weeks. Bearings are running normal no excess heat so sure they are fine. Thanks for the input it is nice to be able to share a problem and get good advise from people who have had similar events. Thanks!!!
Hmmmmm,,,my dad taught me to leave some grease in the dust cap. I didn't question that, after all he was my Dad, for years then thought about it. Didn't make sense to me and I stopped it and never had a problem. Dad serviced his cars way back in the '20s so maybe it was a good idea back then. He passed away 50 years ago so I never asked him why.
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