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Salmon Tub posted 06-05-2002 02:11 PM ET (US)   Profile for Salmon Tub   Send Email to Salmon Tub  
Summer is starting and I am sure all of us check these often, but for those of us who don't, please keep in mind that you need to keep your bearings on the trailer axle in good shape. If you have bearing buddy type dust covers, pump a few squirts of grease in there. This is the achilles heel of the trailer and is subjected to dunking every time you launch and load and a long haul will put them to the test. If a bearing goes out while trailering, it can lead to disaster. I posted this here rather than in rep/mod simply because it might get a little more notice here. There have been several accidents in the bay area already this year as per the traffic reports during the morning commute, and I would venture to say that a few may be bearing related. They are sometimes neglected as part of maintenance since they are often messy to deal with.
andygere posted 06-05-2002 02:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
ST gives good advice, but be carefull not to over fill those bearings. If you do, and don't have the spindo seals, you'll blow out the axle seals and blow all the grease out the back. Check the back side of your wheels and tires; if they're covered with grease, it's already happend. Been there, done that. I've seen a few wheel-less boat trailers on Highway 17 already this season.
ShrimpBurrito posted 06-05-2002 02:40 PM ET (US)     Profile for ShrimpBurrito  Send Email to ShrimpBurrito     
Andygene -

I've already got new bearings to install this year, and would like to get those spindo seals. I've heard Bearing Buddy makes something that is supposed to prevent seal blow-out. Are those what you are referring to? If not, can you tell me what exactly I should be looking for?

Thanks!

andygere posted 06-05-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)     Profile for andygere  Send Email to andygere     
Yes, Bearing Buddy makes the special "Spindle Seals" that are reccomended with Bearing Buddys. They prevent blow out common in the typical single lip rubber seals. They are also a little harder to find locally, but worth it. You can now get them direct from BB's website as well. I'll be installing them on my trailer this year after blowing out my new single lip seals on the first trip.

http://www.bearingbuddy.com/spindle_seal.html

Bigshot posted 06-06-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
Summer!

What the heck is summer?

TightPenny posted 06-06-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)     Profile for TightPenny  Send Email to TightPenny     
It is a time of year unique to those of us mostly above the Mason-Dixon line. :)

It is warmer in the summer than the time of year when the southerners visit up here and find out that solid water on the roads is different from the liquid water on the roads that they have in Florida.

jimithing posted 06-06-2002 03:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimithing  Send Email to jimithing     
bigshot

summer is what the rest of us folks who work all year get to enjoy for maybe 2 weeks a year......its ok...all my friends in fla have your same mindset and I forgive you.

Bigshot posted 06-06-2002 03:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for Bigshot  Send Email to Bigshot     
OOOOHHHH! Sounds scary:)
Roarque posted 06-07-2002 12:33 PM ET (US)     Profile for Roarque  Send Email to Roarque     
Thanks for the reminder ST. I'm off on a cross country trip with the BW in tow and before I go, the EZ Loader will be overhauled with new rubber and bearings/grease seals.

Greg

masbama posted 06-07-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for masbama  Send Email to masbama     
I replace my whole hubs every two years. Complete with new bearings and nuts. (Alabama saltwater is rough on these kind of things) I keep the old ones in the truck just in case. They are quicker to replace than the bearings themselves.

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