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ghost posted 02-04-2002 06:57 PM ET (US)   Profile for ghost  
Hello all, I have a Caulkins galvy trailer with bearing buddy attachment on the hubs. I have had the trailer for 6years,saltwater use. I use white marine grease regularly on them. My question is. Do I ever need to rip the bearings out to check them for wear ? Or should it be O.K. because of regular greasing ? Kind of a dumb question. But really don't want to rip things apart if it is not needed. Thanks
kamml posted 02-04-2002 07:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for kamml  Send Email to kamml     
I do a complete cleaning every year prior to first use. It is not a difficult job though a little messy. But a little messy in your driveway beats a little messy on the roadside by a factor of ten, and thats not considering the weather at point of failure. Ken
ghost posted 02-04-2002 09:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghost    
Thanks, I just found there web site also.
triblet posted 02-04-2002 10:14 PM ET (US)     Profile for triblet  Send Email to triblet     
Is that white marine grease made for
bearings? I'd use a marine grade bearing
grease. OMC has one, so does Lubrimatic.


ghost posted 02-05-2002 08:54 AM ET (US)     Profile for ghost    
Yes, white marine grease. I don't know the difference vs. the blueish marine grade grease. Thanks...
Dr T posted 02-05-2002 10:00 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
The difference between the types of grease has to do with the compatibility of the chemical basis of the various greases.

Basically, white grease is almost universally compatible with every thing else.

There is quite a bit of information in the "Wheel Falls Off Trailer" thread on this.

Dr T posted 02-05-2002 10:03 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     


Dr T posted 02-05-2002 10:04 AM ET (US)     Profile for Dr T  Send Email to Dr T     
hauptjm posted 02-05-2002 11:06 AM ET (US)     Profile for hauptjm    
Bearing Buddies are great, but don't let them lull you into a disaster. I wouldn't own a trailer without them, however I rebuild my bearings every 5-6k miles. It's cheap, and the single best preventative maintenance you can do to a trailer. My .02.
lhg posted 02-05-2002 03:41 PM ET (US)     Profile for lhg    
I would not use that white marine grease. I tried it, and can't believe it works as well. I believe the waterproof blue-gray version is what you want to use.
Dick posted 02-05-2002 03:47 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
I don't think there is anything better than Lubrimatic's wheel bearing grease. I have used it for years on my trailers as well as seeing it used in most of the dealerships I have worked at.
ghost posted 02-06-2002 12:53 PM ET (US)     Profile for ghost    
Thanks all for your info/advise. I will pull'em apart check'em out.....
Duncan posted 02-06-2002 01:17 PM ET (US)     Profile for Duncan  Send Email to Duncan     
Jack the trailer up. Spin the wheel. If it doesn't stick or creak or clunk like the bearings are loosened in the races, screw it!.....just fill 'em up with the grease gun and take off. Yippeeeee!

dauntlass 18 posted 02-06-2002 07:28 PM ET (US)     Profile for dauntlass 18  Send Email to dauntlass 18     
I clean and repack wheel bers once a year put about 2000mi per year on trailer.I hand pack bers. to get grease between rollers and races and relube buddy bers three to four times over summer.I use automotive wheel ber grease.
Guts posted 02-07-2002 08:51 AM ET (US)     Profile for Guts  Send Email to Guts     
Same as Duncan, after I lanch,and park. I put my hand on the top of the wheel and with the other hand move the trailer side to side. if there is any (play) in the bearings it is easy to tell. give it a try, it works for me.

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