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Old 09-26-2010, 04:41 PM   #1
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Help! Wheel bearing service in Kansas City

I just brought our Bambi home and the inside smelled hot. Also it sounded like we have a bad wheel bearing. Were leaving Wednesday for the Air Midwest rally and I've never repacked or replaced bearings. Anyone know a shop on KC or Olathe KS? I'm going to call Croft trailer but if someone knows a better place let me know. If I had more time I would do it myself but worry I won't be able to get it done. Any help would be appreciated.
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Don't know any shops, but it is an easy task to repack, if you don't mind getting a little dirty.
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If it's smelling "hot" the bearings may need replacement! Again, not a big deal if the local parts houses have the bearings in stock - along with new seals - and provided the race has not been burned. Any good RV facility should be able to take care of it right away. Also, with reference to "hot," it might be a brake shoe dragging (---disc brakes???) rather than bearings. You said the "inside smelled hot." It could be something altogether different from bearings or brakes - like a hot AC/DC converter or a refrigerator or water heater running on propane.
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Here is a picture of the Wheel that I think might be the problem. Nothing else was on or running. There was a lot of greese on the drivers side and none on the passenger side.
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Its certainly worth looking at the bearings or have someone look at them. I had one of the four fail recently on my '05. The grease was black instead of red. The wheel had roughly half inch of play in it. The bearing was toast and needed a new bearing/race.
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