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olchuck

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Posted: 05/08/09 05:58pm Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

how often do you check the bearings on your tow vehicle or your car. should be about the same. JMO

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Check the hubs at rest stops- you'll get plenty of warning and go no longer than two years.

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Check the hubs at rest stops- you'll get plenty of warning and go no longer than two years.

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Every two years for us, no matter how much or little we have traveled.
Just our opinion, for what it is worth.

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I did mine 1 1/2 years ago and was planning on doing them again this year. I would like to replace the Chinese bearings with Timken bearings. That's the main reason I was going to do it this year. I just haven't had the time to do it yet. I've done everything except the bearings for this year. I'm hoping I can get to them this year. I try to do mine every 2 years.....

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Posted: 05/09/09 05:53am Link  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

I saw three good points or thoughts.

Do one check and repack the front wheel bearings on the tow vehicle every 6 to 12 months? I did mine at 125K when I put new pads on.

Do people with cargo trailers pull the bearings all the time? I haven't done mine in 8 years, but I do hand check the temp at stops.

I got hinky after reading all the bearing posts on here and pulled he wheels on my last fifth wheel after 7 years and all was like new.

However I guess you cannot do it too often if everything goes back together OK.

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olchuck wrote:

how often do you check the bearings on your tow vehicle or your car. should be about the same. JMO


Best advice I've seen on bearings. I've run cars and trucks for years without any bearing problems. Only bearing I ever had fail was on a boat trailer, and it had just been re-packed. My opinion only, but every time you open them up, more chance for failure.


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Back in the 50's and 60's they used to recommend packing bearings every 10,000 miles on cars. Now my 2004 truck recomends every 50,000 miles or about 4 years. If grease last 4 years on my truck why won't it last that long on a trailer. I believe it is a money issue, and there is good profit in selling a repack.

Just like oil changes, the "Kuckie" places say 3,000, but most owners manuals say 5,000 to 7,500 miles. So you are spending twice as much for oil as needed. If you are drivng in very dirty dusty conditions or tow a lot, then go for the shorter time.

Also if you drive a lot of short distances it is a good idea to once a week go for a 30 minute drive to get all the moisture out of the engine system. It is the short 5 minute drives that are the hardest on an engine.


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Had to put my $.02

I have purchased two brand new car trailers and both had about a table spoon of grease in them So I would vote as above the initial check/pack is the most important. After that I do them every two years. My new 5er will get done before my first trip to Disney 2 years may be overkill, but do not want to be stuck in the middle of Dallas TX with a locked up trailer bearing.. tow rig can be pulled up on a roll back(a big roll back is required for a F450 ), 5er not so much That is just my reasoning... I do the same with my car hauler..

Boat trailer gets fresh grease every season Dunking them in water makes me check more often Same on my 4x4 rig that plays in deep mud/water, at least pull the lockout and check to make sure no water made it in every hunting season

Well ok, that was about $.04


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