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Dave Murray posted 11-26-2001 04:28 PM ET (US)   Profile for Dave Murray   Send Email to Dave Murray  
I am wondering if I should repack my 4000# trailer wheels????? The rig has a 20' 1978 Outrage on it and I only use it a few times a season. Trailer has fully packed bearing buddy type(pressure packed) covers and is about four years old. The wheels turn fine and I don't see any lub leakage on the inside of wheels. Appreciate some experienced advise....
whalerron posted 11-26-2001 11:12 PM ET (US)     Profile for whalerron  Send Email to whalerron     
I like to repack the bearings once a year. It gives me a chance to regularly inspect the bearings for pitting or other signs of impending failure.
jimh posted 11-27-2001 11:58 PM ET (US)     Profile for jimh  Send Email to jimh     
It depends on how far you plan to trailer.

I put about 4,000 miles on the trailer this summer, including about 750 miles in one day. You want the bearings in tip-top shape for that.

If you just drive the boat over to the ramp in the spring and load it back on the trailer in the fall, it is probably not a huge concern.

If the grease is in there, it is not diluted with water or gone rancid, there is probably not an issue. Tap one of the bearing caps off and take a peak.

--jimh

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