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Cpt Quint posted 02-17-2003 11:36 AM ET (US)   Profile for Cpt Quint   Send Email to Cpt Quint  
Pulled my hubs and replaced interior components. Had "Bearing Buddies" Saw and purchased "red eye" product. Looked neat because it has a red line to tell you the grease is at an ok level.
Problem when pounding them back on the hub,the axle seems to depress into the back seal pushing it forward and therefore making the red line reading irrelevant. Has anyone else had this issue? Seems like product deficiency?? If my old bearing buddie fit on there ok (regular 1980s) why wouldnt these??? May be i will go back to the old Bearing buddies??
Cpt Quint posted 02-17-2003 11:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
just thought of is possible that air trapped in a newly greased seal is making the spring push out???
bsmotril posted 02-17-2003 12:34 PM ET (US)     Profile for bsmotril  Send Email to bsmotril     
If it is air, bleed it out. Take a small nail or other pointy object and push in on the little ball in the center of the grease zerc. While holding the ball in, press on the flat disc in the red eye to push it in.
NEVER SCARED posted 02-17-2003 09:26 PM ET (US)     Profile for NEVER SCARED    
I bought a pair from Wal Mart for my 12' boat. They seemed to work for a few months, then I didnt use the boat for a while. When I tried to physically move the boat in the driveway, it wouldnt move, I thought I had blocked the wheels but the bearings where frozen. Its amazing how corrosion can freeze a set of bearing that should have had some grease. I went back to bearing buddies.

Never scared

Dick posted 02-17-2003 09:44 PM ET (US)     Profile for Dick  Send Email to Dick     
There are tons of Bearing Buddy clones on the market, what I can't understand is why anyone would buy them over the original and the best.
Kind of like buying a Wahoo over a Whaler because it's cheaper or has an indicator to tell you that you are sinking.
Cpt Quint posted 02-18-2003 09:47 AM ET (US)     Profile for Cpt Quint  Send Email to Cpt Quint     
these actually are higher priced than "Bearing Buddys". The fact that they let you know when to add grease with the red indicator band is enticing. The pvc gasket inside would seem to keep a tighter seal that a metal one...without a good recommendation I may have to go back to the original..
weekendwarrior posted 02-19-2003 01:23 AM ET (US)     Profile for weekendwarrior  Send Email to weekendwarrior     
I recently did a low budget rebuild of my trailer and picked up a set of knock off bearing buddies. They were in a bulk box and I believe I paid $6/ea or something like that. I was skeptical at first, but they have been on there for a few months now with at a minimum once a week use in salt and they seem to be working well. You just pump the grease in until the disk with the zerk in it is floating. When you push the disk with your finger and it is no longer floating then you pump in some more grease. :)

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