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Old 11-14-2009, 09:04 PM   #1
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How to Grease Wheel Bearing?

Am looking for some advice on how to grease the wheel bearings on a 73 20' Argosy. This trailer has been sitting in a field for years. Before towing I need to check the wheel bearing and grease if necessary. Should I have extra wheel bearing just in case. What else might I need. Thanks!

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Hi Bob, It's just like repacking trailer bearings. If you haven't done that then take a look here. Inspect, Repack and Replace Wheel Bearings by Auto Media
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Has anyone had any experience with using Bearing Buddies?
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Old 11-14-2009, 09:27 PM   #4
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Am looking for some advice on how to grease the wheel bearings on a 73 20' Argosy. This trailer has been sitting in a field for years. Before towing I need to check the wheel bearing and grease if necessary. Should I have extra wheel bearing just in case. What else might I need. Thanks!

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You should also replace the grease seals, as you will have to pound them out in order to inspect and regrease the inner bearings.

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Old 11-14-2009, 09:32 PM   #5
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Has anyone had any experience with using Bearing Buddies?
They are not good for trailers with brakes. They will blow out the grease seals and foul the brakes and that's just no good.
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Bob,

Watch this short video:

Repack Trailer Hub Bearings Demonstration - etrailer.com

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Thanks for all the advice. Bill do you have another link to the video? I couldn't pull it up. Thanks!

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Thanks for all the advice. Bill do you have another link to the video? I couldn't pull it up. Thanks!

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Apparently, their website is down. I can get the Google cache from 11-15, but nothing current.

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YouTube - Remove, Inspect, Install Trailer Hub Bearings - etrailer.com

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You-tube to the rescue! There are more free etrailer videos at their site that are pretty interesting. Like the magnet and the brakes videos. Here's the link:

etrailer.com - Helpful Videos and How To Articles

One thing about the etrailer videos that makes me wince is punching the seal in and levering it out with a screw driver. If we chew up the hub surfaces, the new seal might leak grease. Its a metal-to -metal joint after all. I usually use a claw hammer under the seal and bear against a piece of thin plywood to pull the seal. Its quick and easy with no damage (except for the old seal). I also like a rubber or plastic dead-blow hammer instead of hammering with a metal hammer. One thing I do like about the video is it reminds us not to mix greases. Wipe out all the old grease and do an extra good job if you don't know the brand and type of grease already in there.

When you get the bearings out, be sure to read the bearing numbers and seal numbers. Write them down and keep the paper in the glove compartment for future reference. If you ever have problems on the road, you will be able to buy parts without taking stuff apart first.

I usually keep a spare set of bearings all greased up and drop them in during repacking. If the old races look good (no marks, etc) this speeds up a repacking job and everything goes back together quickly. Then I can take my time cleaning, inspecting, and repacking the spare set for re-use. I just feel better when the hub and wheel are back on, you never know when rain, wind-blown dust or a chatty neighbor will interfere with the process.

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Thanks Silverleeper. It is interesting that Thor manufacturers several brands of RV's and some of them come with Bearing Buddies mounted as original equipment? Outback comes to mind.
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Thanks Silverleeper. It is interesting that Thor manufacturers several brands of RV's and some of them come with Bearing Buddies mounted as original equipment? Outback comes to mind.
Hi Jack46, My experience is only with Bearing Buddy and Ez-loader trailers. They worked as they should for trailers without brakes but I had to repair a lot of trailers with brakes where the rear seal blew out. The distributer I worked for stopped recommending use on trailers with brakes but would put them on by request. It's up to you.

I see Keystone Outback uses EZ lube axles. Maybe they are an improvement over Bearing Buddy.
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