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Edd in Ky

09-04-2007 04:10:46

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As with any small farmer I couldn't get by without my trailers. Flat bed for parts, implements and hay. Horse trailer for ...horses.

But what about bearings. Trailer dealer says they should be repacked every year. Seems excessive. These trailers get less than 10,000 miles per year, mostly on the hiway. Don't go through mud or standing water.

Let me know your experiences and recommendations.

Thanks, Edd

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09-05-2007 04:57:02

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 Re: Trailer wheel bearings in reply to Edd in Ky, 09-04-2007 04:10:46  
It is no as nessary to repack bearings as to inspect seals, brakes, bearings, springs, shackles, bolts & etc. while you are doing this you might as well greese bearings . It's Called preventive Maint. Can do in winter while things are slow . Don't forget to use new wheel seals .

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09-04-2007 18:45:17

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 Re: Trailer wheel bearings in reply to Edd in Ky, 09-04-2007 04:10:46  
hey guys, you'll need to invest in buddy bearings, the type used on fishing boats and higher end trailers. the have a grease fitting that you just plug a grease gun into and pump away. also you need to use the boat trailer grease, because its made to with stand mixing with water. i keep a seperate gun full of the grease.

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Allan In NE

09-04-2007 06:52:49

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 Re: Trailer wheel bearings in reply to Edd in Ky, 09-04-2007 04:10:46  
I had a trailer bearing get hot on me one time.

So hot in fact that it sliced the axle right off and set that hooter right smack down in the middle of the hiway at about 70 mph.


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Michael Soldan

09-04-2007 06:07:29

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 Re: Trailer wheel bearings in reply to Edd in Ky, 09-04-2007 04:10:46  
Iowa tire guy said it all! I do trailers for a friend who runs a large contracting firm. He has twenty trailers ranging from single axle to tri axle. Each year he has me clean and repack the bearings, check and replace anything suspect, replace all shackles and shackle bolts with new and check and replace all lighting. That seems excess to some but like the "Tire Guy" said, if you are broke down on the side of the road, loaded it costs a lot more time and money. His trailers are on construction jobs and sometimes get into deep puddles...nothing takes a bearing out like water, I've seen seal failure and the whole hub is a mess of rust and pitted bearings and cups. It doesn't take long to pull hubs and check bearings and repack...saves a lot of grief on the side of the road.

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va. transplant

09-04-2007 18:39:50

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 Re: Trailer wheel bearings in reply to Michael Soldan, 09-04-2007 06:07:29  
Ditto on the water. Years ago during a family crisis, all of us were pitching in our free time to help get the spring planting done and silo filled and everytime you turned around there was a wheel bearing going out. There was always standing water somewhere that you had to drive through to get into the fields. It was an epidemic of worn out wheel bearings.

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09-04-2007 04:27:24

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 Re: Trailer wheel bearings in reply to Edd in Ky, 09-04-2007 04:10:46  
If everything works right wheel bearings keep their grease and don't really need repacked often. The problem is when you have a failure such as the rear seal leaking moisture into the grease. The only two ways to know if this has happened is to inspect and repack the bearings or wait until the bearings fail which usually happens in an inconvenient place at an inconvenient time. (along the road with a load on) Your dealer was just earning on the side of caution.

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