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#12576018 - 01/12/18 06:39 PM Re: Trailer Bearings? [Re: Crappie Chaser]
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I am no trailer mechanic but it sounds like you have air trapped in the hub.
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#12685198 - 03/22/18 07:35 PM Re: Trailer Bearings? [Re: Crappie Chaser]
elrod Offline
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Registered: 04/25/09
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Loc: Lavon, TX
Have question I just redid all my bearings and seal on my trailer but I have one seal that is leaking grease. All have bearing Buddy's and 3 out of 4 are holding grease. is there a way to fix the one seal?

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#12708416 - 04/08/18 04:41 PM Re: Trailer Bearings? [Re: elrod]
Springcrik Offline
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Originally Posted By: elrod
Have question I just redid all my bearings and seal on my trailer but I have one seal that is leaking grease. All have bearing Buddy's and 3 out of 4 are holding grease. is there a way to fix the one seal?

Pull the wheel hub back off and inspect the seal..sometimes you can bend/damage the seal when you put the hub back on after packing the bearings. A lot of seals have circular springs around the inside of the seal lips and the spring can get knocked off, which will cause leakage. Carefully inspect the spindle where the seal lips run, if there are deep grooves, you're gonna need a Speed-Sleeve repair or a new spindle. I would have a new seal ready when I take the hub off.
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#12708677 - 04/08/18 08:31 PM Re: Trailer Bearings? [Re: Crappie Chaser]
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Seals are not all the same. I put a new set of bearings and seals on my little trailer and in no time, the bearings were full of saltwater. I took everytyhing apart, cleaned the bearings, repacked them and installed new seals I bought at a local auto parts store, that sells trailer parts. The new seals were vastly more heavy duty and looked way better than the Chinese ones I had originally used. They have held up well. I also bought Bearing Buddies, because the (cheap-o) dust caps that came with my bearing kits obviously leaked saltwater in from the get-go. My friend in the trailer business told me that ALL small bearings now come from China, and the quality runs from poor to horrible You need to look at the parts yourself. Islandjim
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#12708695 - 04/08/18 08:45 PM Re: Trailer Bearings? [Re: IslandJim]
Springcrik Offline
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You're right on that one. There are a lot of cheap deals available; especially online. Unfortunately some Of the auto parts stores will also have an inexpensive line of seals. If you can, purchase seals from a top-tier brand Such as Chicago Rawhide, National, Timken, etc.. I paid over $10.00 per seal for 4 National #473317 and could have bought a set of 4 Chinese knock-offs for less than $10 bucks at an auto parts store.... false economy because the cheapies didn't even have the specified double-lip design.
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#12739955 - 05/02/18 12:37 PM Re: Trailer Bearings? [Re: Crappie Chaser]
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I have oil bath hubs on my Champion Trailer and have heard to use 75W-90 gear oil which I have. I can no longer see through the view windows. Is there a way to clean them or should I just fill the hub completely with oil.
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