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Old    Flux (flux)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-12-2007, 3:11 PM Reply   
So I noticed a very slight bit of grease mixed with dirt caked on the back of my hubs at the seal last time out. I am not overly concerned, but I am quite sure it's time to repack the bearings and put new rear seals on.

The trailer is 5 yrs old now and I have only repacked the brake axle 2 yrs ago, but keep the hubs greased through the bearing buddies religiously. It's running fine but my feeling is that some preventative maintenance would be a good thing. Last haul the hubs were barely hot when I pulled up to the lake.

I have one extra bearing set in the garage.

My questions are:

How long do these bearings last?? Should I replace the whole lot just for the sake of thoroughness?? Or should I simply pull them, inspect them, repack and put them back in??

Obviously I would replace any visually worn bearings. I think my brakes could use a bleed too.
Old    tony burks (tonality)      Join Date: Mar 2005       06-12-2007, 3:21 PM Reply   
Take a look at the race, that will be the best sign of whether you need to replace anything...if the race is pitted or marked up, it's a sign that it might be getting close to failure (depending on the damage)...i took my bearings and races out of my hub on my 2002 trailer and they were spot-free, not a scratch on them. They should still look brand-new if everything's OK in there.
Old    Flux (flux)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-12-2007, 3:25 PM Reply   
Thank You Tony!!

It's not a hard job, but If i am gonna repack and replace the seals, might as well swap bearings if that is the thing to do. If all is well I will simply repack, replace the seals, and get back on the road.
Old    Phatboypimp (phatboypimp)      Join Date: Apr 2005       06-12-2007, 3:44 PM Reply   
Bearings are pretty cheap overall, if you are going to take the whole thing apart and those bearings are five years old, it would be a good investment to replace them. It is difficult to visually or physically inspect bearings for damage. The other investment would be to buy a $10 bearing repacker, you wouldn't believe the difference it makes.

(Message edited by phatboypimp on June 12, 2007)
Old    Flux (flux)      Join Date: Jun 2003       06-12-2007, 3:46 PM Reply   
I repacked them by hand last time, I will have a bearing packer this time, what a mess!!
Old    lakeski (lakeski)      Join Date: Dec 2006       06-12-2007, 5:41 PM Reply   
By coincidence, I dropped my trailer at the trailer repair yesterday. I have a single axle trailer and they said it should be repacked every 3,000-4,000 miles or once a year.

I agree a bit of preventive maintenance will go a long way.

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