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Please don't forget this!!!!!
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posted 06-05-2002 02:11 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-05-2002 02:17 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-05-2002 02:40 PM ET (US)
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?
posted 06-05-2002 02:55 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-06-2002 02:54 PM ET (US)
What the heck is summer?
posted 06-06-2002 03:08 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-06-2002 03:11 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-06-2002 03:12 PM ET (US)
OOOOHHHH! Sounds scary:)
posted 06-07-2002 12:33 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 06-07-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)
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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