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Old 09-14-2010, 09:28 PM   #1
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wheel bearing grease (tube) for grease gun

Is there a particular brand or type of grease I should get for greasing the wheels.
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Old 09-14-2010, 11:39 PM   #2
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I am assuming you are talking about EZ lube type axles as you mentioned using tubes.

Here is my recommendation. If you do not know exactly what grease is in your axles now? Then I would buy enough to purge out the grease that is in there now. In my case it took 3 tubes of grease to purge the old dirty grease out to the point it was coming out clean.

In that case you can use what ever grease you want that meets wheel bearing specs preferably synthetic.

There are many instructions available online to help you do this without damaging the seals on your axles. Maybe you already have your own procedures. Just be careful with the EZ lube type axles as it is easy to blow the seals out.
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Old 09-15-2010, 08:42 AM   #3
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They make special high pressure grease for wheel bearings, and should be available at any auto parts store. Synthetic would be nice, but not really necessary.
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Old 09-15-2010, 01:40 PM   #5
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jayrzr, you don't say what brand of trailer/axles you have so can't comment on what you have. On our FR Rockwood 1809S Mini Lite it came with AL0KO ULTRULUBE & the instructions for those states: Remove the rubber plug from the grease cap - insert grease gun on the zerk - Pump until new grease begins to appear - USE AN NLGI GRADE 2 LITHIUM COMPLEX GREASE WITH A MINIMUM DROPPING POINT OF 440 F. REPLACE RUBBER PLUG.

To be safe you need to know what your equipment calls for. As an earlier post mentioned of not mixing types of grease.
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Old 09-15-2010, 11:23 PM   #6
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I am assuming you are talking about EZ lube type axles as you mentioned using tubes.

Here is my recommendation. If you do not know exactly what grease is in your axles now? Then I would buy enough to purge out the grease that is in there now. In my case it took 3 tubes of grease to purge the old dirty grease out to the point it was coming out clean.

In that case you can use what ever grease you want that meets wheel bearing specs preferably synthetic.

There are many instructions available online to help you do this without damaging the seals on your axles. Maybe you already have your own procedures. Just be careful with the EZ lube type axles as it is easy to blow the seals out.
I'd just add it to the old. If you want to completely replace it I'd pull it apart and clean it all with a rag and solvent and start over.

Like he mentioned you don't want to blow out the seals. That stuff gets hot it will leak everywhere. Could possible even contaminate your brakes.
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I'd just add it to the old. If you want to completely replace it I'd pull it apart and clean it all with a rag and solvent and start over.
In most cases there is hardly any grease in there to begin with if serviced from the factory.

So of you want to utulize the EZ ultralube type axles it is gonna take a pretty good amount of grease no matter what to even get the system functional.

One thing to consider. Three tubes of grease is cheaper than a set of seals you will need to hand pack the bearings.

Of course if you have any concerns over your bearings you may want to do a hand pack once to verify your bearings condition.
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In most cases there is hardly any grease in there to begin with if serviced from the factory.

So of you want to utulize the EZ ultralube type axles it is gonna take a pretty good amount of grease no matter what to even get the system functional.

One thing to consider. Three tubes of grease is cheaper than a set of seals you will need to hand pack the bearings.

Of course if you have any concerns over your bearings you may want to do a hand pack once to verify your bearings condition.
Man ! Now I'm going to have to pull the wheels and take a look inside just so I know how much grease is really in there. Hate to burn up a bearing going down the road. I have not towed my trailer since I bought it new.

It is parked and hooked up inside a big metal building. Using it for temporary quarters while we visit our land and when we build our house. Now planning on using it for a trip for the first time. Definitly don't want any problems that could easily be avoided.
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I got back from weighing the camper about 6 months ago and the right front hub was too hot to touch. All the others were warm but not as hot as that one. Now you must understand that I had been to FL and back with no trouble so I scratched my noggin' and pumped some grease in. A FULL tube later, the old grease was just starting to show movement on all four bearings. The last trip I took to VA and back and the hubs were barely warm. BIG difference. I also noticed deterioration of the e-z-fill rubber caps that others have reported. Looking to replace those too.
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From reading some of the earlier post it sound like I got off easy. With only 2500 miles on the trailer since we picked it up in Elkhart IN & reading of some having a bad experience with their EZ-Lube bearings. I bought a tube of the required grease - it took from 10 to 12 pumps on the grease gun to see the grease starting to push out.

Due to the recommendation from ALOKO I do think it best to do as they recommend & have the bearings visually inspected, which I plan to do before the camping season next year.
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