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SunnySouthFloridaWhaler posted 07-18-2002 03:24 PM ET (US)   Profile for SunnySouthFloridaWhaler   Send Email to SunnySouthFloridaWhaler  
Anyone tried the Turbo Lube oil bath system for their trailer? Saw the add in Trailer boats ... looks really nice.
You can actually see if lubrication is needed through the clear plastic cap. Simply add oil when needed.

Is the oil bath as good as grease?

Opinions welcome!

SSFW, Newtauk Variety

Ferdinando posted 07-23-2002 12:20 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

Ok, I just purchased this item and installed them on my trailer. My first time out was a 50/50 success rate. One hub performed flawlessly and the other sucked in some saltwater. I made it home without a problem however the leaky hub fogged up and
lost some oil (not all). I installed a new
seal this week and will give it another try on the weekend, if I have problems again I'll just go back to grease, period.


SunnySouthFloridaWhaler posted 07-23-2002 01:46 PM ET (US)     Profile for SunnySouthFloridaWhaler  Send Email to SunnySouthFloridaWhaler     
Fred ... Thanks! Looking forward to hearing what happens on the second try.


Ferdinando posted 07-28-2002 09:13 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

Did not get a chance to use the trailer this weekend, however I will be using it next Fri for sure. I will answer you Mon evening on how the Turbo-Lubes worked this time around.


Ferdinando posted 08-05-2002 08:10 AM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

Well I'm back from my boat camping trip and I'm going back to grease. Same thing happened one hub worked perfectly the other injested water for the 3rd time. I should of listened to the other members of the forum. Save yourself 80 bucks.


Gene in NC posted 05-11-2003 09:32 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gene in NC  Send Email to Gene in NC     
Ferdinando, don't throw those turbo lube hubs away. If they will fir my trailer I'll try them.
Gene Holder
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quickfarms posted 05-12-2003 02:11 PM ET (US)     Profile for quickfarms  Send Email to quickfarms     
When you are having a problem with these hubs are they being installed on your old axle and possibly worn spindles? If you are using your old axle and hubs and having a problem with water getting in on one side you might try a speedy sleave or cleaning up the spindle and using an undersized seal. Another thought is if your spindles look good then get out the calipers of Mic and measure them to see if they are the same size.
Ferdinando posted 05-12-2003 11:43 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

Reporting back, I did have some problems at the begining, however I purchased those spindal seals by Bearing Buddies and wala, the problem is gone, no leaks whatsoever,

The Turbo Lubes have performed flawlessly ever since, I guess I won't be going back to grease any more.......... It was worth the headache.


Gene in NC posted 03-28-2004 11:34 AM ET (US)     Profile for Gene in NC  Send Email to Gene in NC     
Based on your experience would you have started with the spindle (sp) seals on both spindles before installing the Turbo Lubes. Long ago there was a system like the one that you now have. It included a special delrin adapter to be glued to the spindle before installing the special seal that they provided. Like your experience, one side worked and is still in operation after more than 25 years. I'm going to Turbo Lubes.
Ferdinando posted 03-28-2004 07:05 PM ET (US)     Profile for Ferdinando  Send Email to Ferdinando     

Yes I would go with the spindle seals before I put on the Turbo Lubes. My spindle side has never leaked and my other side went on the blitz about a week ago so I installed the other Bearing Buddy Spindle that I have being saving. The Turbo-Lubes are great and I'll never go back to grease, just change the oil and your done.

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