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Peter2516

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For EZ lube axle, what brand do you use for the wheel bearing grease.
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Peter2516 wrote:

For EZ lube axle, what brand do you use for the wheel bearing grease.
Thank you -Peter
Do not use a grease gun on your axles.
In order to use this zerk feature, and completely purge the old grease out (maybe) it would take almost 4 tubes of grease at each greasing.... And it would most likely get past the inner seals and onto the brakes.
That creates quite a mess... Just don't do it.



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Huntindog wrote:

Peter2516 wrote:

For EZ lube axle, what brand do you use for the wheel bearing grease.
Thank you -Peter
Do not use a grease gun on your axles.
In order to use this zerk feature, and completely purge the old grease out (maybe) it would take almost 4 tubes of grease at each greasing.... And it would most likely get past the inner seals and onto the brakes.
That creates quite a mess... Just don't do it.


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Like stated above,

Do not mess with those zerks, do them the old fashion way.....

BY HAND !


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Same old nonsense from those scaredy-cats who won't use their EZ lube feature. Just ignore that.

Follow instructions on how to use the EZ lube axles. You can find a video on it. Most importantly is to raise the wheel and rotate it while you slowly pump the grease. Watch around the spindle nut area, and as soon as you see the slightest movement of the old grease, stop. It is full.

Yes it will use a lot of grease the first time you do it, because the factory did not fill the voids in the hub. After the first time, it will take LESS grease than if you packed by hand. It shouldn't take more than 2 tubes the first time to do all 4 hubs. Buy 3 to be safe. Not a big expense.

I don't worry too much about brand, but Valvoline makes one that I like. Any of the wheel bearing greases will do, but I always pay the extra to get high pressure/temp grease that would normally go in disk brake applications. It will be more temperature stable.

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Thank you for all the advices and tip I appreciate it. I will watch more in YouTube. Thanks

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I use Pennzoil wheel bearing grease. Always use a grease that was made specifically for wheel bearings, Dexter has an approved list on page 53. I also will never use the grease fitting for reasons stated above plus the fact that the brakes are inspected annually and that would be a real mess.





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I have never thought re-packing wheel bearings a big job. And when I pull the hub I can look at bearings, shoes, and magnets. YMMV. But lets use a little logic here.

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Same old nonsense from those scaredy-cats who won't use their EZ lube feature. Just ignore that.

Follow instructions on how to use the EZ lube axles. You can find a video on it. Most importantly is to raise the wheel and rotate it while you slowly pump the grease. Watch around the spindle nut area, and as soon as you see the slightest movement of the old grease, stop. It is full.


Yes it full. But you have pumped new grease in, mixed it well with the old. Any contamination in the old grease is still in there. Might be good enough for you, or the people that sell axles and parts, but not me. Now if you keep pumping grease in, grease comes out clean, maybe.

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Yes it will use a lot of grease the first time you do it, because the factory did not fill the voids in the hub. After the first time, it will take LESS grease than if you packed by hand. It shouldn't take more than 2 tubes the first time to do all 4 hubs. Buy 3 to be safe. Not a big expense.


Fill the voids in hub is just a waste of grease. As the temp changes the air space in the hub might prevent buildup of pressure on seals. Some think if the bearings get hot that grease will flow into the bearing. Maybe, but long before that grease is warm enough to flow the grease in the bearing will have left the building, taking bearings with it. You just have a lot more contaminated grease to clean out.
But I'm just a dumb truck driver. It's yours, you can do what you want

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EZ lube while work. but for piece of mind and knowing what it looks like in there I do mine by hand.first time you get grease all over your pads will make you a beleaver. and if your only a 5k mile per year camper ? you don,t need to do them every year.

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Those with experience know. Notice that those that have been around the longest suggest not using them?
If you're going to do them, don't be lazy - do it right.
OTOH, there is no need to do them every year.

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