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"Red Eye" bearing buddy problem?
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posted 02-17-2003 11:36 AM ET (US)
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??
posted 02-17-2003 11:47 AM ET (US)
just thought of something...is is possible that air trapped in a newly greased seal is making the spring push out???
posted 02-17-2003 12:34 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 02-17-2003 09:26 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 02-17-2003 09:44 PM ET (US)
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.
posted 02-18-2003 09:47 AM ET (US)
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..
posted 02-19-2003 01:23 AM ET (US)
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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