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Old 01-25-2012, 03:53 PM   #1
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Repack Wheel Bearings in Cincinnati, OH

Looking for a good company to repack the wheel bearings on my 2006 25' FB Safari. Don't want to cart it all the way to Jackson Center, but want a job I can trust. Thanks
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Old 01-25-2012, 03:58 PM   #2
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You could always do it your self. It isn't a difficult job just messy.

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There is nothing magic about Airstream wheel bearings. I do mine and it is a messy job. Any competent RV shop can do the job.
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You can take a little of the mess out of it and use a tool that I have purchased from Matco Matco Tools Online Tool Catalog just type wheel bearing packer in the search box. It is easy to use and does a good job of it.
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Check and see if TOM RAPER still has a place in Fairfield.I know they had a sales place but Im not sure about a service department. But any compenent rv shop can do it. I'm just not sure about the availablity of the seals at just any Rv shop.I think It would be worth your time to call Jackson Center and make an appointment. NOW would be a good time they are not to busy. Take it up there and wait for it. It dont take long and they surely with have on hand what ever it needs.
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I picked up one of these neat bearing grease packers this week at Harbor Freight:
Bearing Grease Packer - Save on this Bearing Grease Packer

It appears that the clear case is made out of polycarbonate to stand the abuse...you unscrew the top blue 't' handle part, pop in the bearing, reattach the 't' handle part and shoot some grease into the packer through the zerk fitting in the top of the 't' handle...

The design contains the grease away from contaminates when it's in storage...
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First it is simple, if you can change a tire you can pack your bearings.

No tools needed to pack!

put a small amount of grease into a zip lock bag, pop the bearing in.

Now work the grease into all the rollers, no mess.
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First it is simple, if you can change a tire you can pack your bearings.

No tools needed to pack!

put a small amount of grease into a zip lock bag, pop the bearing in.

Now work the grease into all the rollers, no mess.
Right Bob, but using a bearing packer stores grease for future bearing repacks and it will eliminate wasted grease which is good for me because I use tubes of gease that costs $12 a tube.
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First it is simple, if you can change a tire you can pack your bearings.

No tools needed to pack!

put a small amount of grease into a zip lock bag, pop the bearing in.

Now work the grease into all the rollers, no mess.
I like that. When done, you can snip one corner of the baggie and squeeze the extra grease into the hub or back into the tub. No waste. Just like decorating a cake.
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I like that. When done, you can snip one corner of the baggie and squeeze the extra grease into the hub or back into the tub. No waste. Just like decorating a cake.
Now that is pretty cool!

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I'm retracting my recommended 'suggestion' in post #6 above - the: Bearing Grease Packer - Save on this Bearing Grease Packer

I tackled the packing of our wheel bearings yesterday - tried using the contraption above - it's a BIG piece of CRAP!!! It's now a candidate for landfill!

You unscrew the top, place the bearing inside, replace the top and begin pumping grease into the unit via the Zerk on top...then you pump some more...then you pump some more - almost a complete cartridge to fill that mother up...Then you unscrew the top and there the bearing is, in the middle of a 'tub' of grease...by the time you get the bearing out of that 'blob', you've got both hands covered in grease!

After that first 'experience', I quickly went back to packing the bearings with the 'palm' method, which I've done all my life - effective, quick, and no wasted grease! - Long live the 'Palm' method...

BTW, the bearing repacking was brought about by the failure of two of the Kodiac oil-bath seals that I had put on the new axles when I installed em'...What a mess - had to replace three pairs of brake shoes - the two that were covered in oir, and the third that was almost worn out due to doing most of the braking the others weren't providing!

What a mess, cleaning up the two brakes/hubs that were covered in rear-axle-like smelly oil - yeah the bearings were like new, well lubed, and everything else was also like new, 'preserved' in oil!

Live and learn...The basic old grease packed wheel bearing technologies are best left alone!
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Did you go old school palm or new?

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