My trailer is 2 years old and we are planning a month long
trip this summer so I'm biting the bullet and pulling wheels
and brake hubs and "maintaining my bearings".
I pulled one wheel yesterday and removed (drove out)
the seal and both bearing races.
They looked perfect.
It feels like this is just an exercise....
Kind of like flossing or cleaning out the garage.
You know you should do it and you'll be really glad when it's
done-- but darn I've got better things to do with my time!!
I know I can "clean and inspect" the old bearings but
etrailer.com has kits with both bearings and new double
lip seal and cotter pin for $11. It's just about the same
amount of work to replace them as to clean and inspect
the old ones.
I have installed bearing buddy grease hubs already.
It's a carry over from my boating days. These stainless
hubs look pretty good on there and I know the bearings
will be full of grease.
The hard part of this job is pounding out the old seal.
You destroy it in the process. Even if the inside bearing
was OK to start with you have to pound the bearing and
the seal out at the same time so that makes the bearing
questionable in my opinion.
I think in the future I will buy a slide hammer
seal puller and next time
I'll try to pull the seals so I can check the inside bearing
and then just replace the seal.
In fact, I ordered an extra set of seals with my bearing
I was looking at the "owners manual" for my Al-Ko axles
and they say to "remove, clean, inspect and repack"
the bearings EVERY 6 MONTHS OR 6000 MILES.
Sheesh!!!! Talk about lawyers over-ruling common sense.
No I don't want to be that guy sitting on the side of the
road with my wheel off in the weeds somewhere but
that is just crazy.
A properly greased hub does not need to be "inspected"
twice a year!! (In my humble opinion that is.....)
I put bearing buddy hubs on my boat trailer and once the
bearings and seals were replaced I just greased them a
couple shots twice a year. We had the rig 14 years
and I never did it again....... I don't recommend going
that long with your trailer but twice a year is just nuts.
Not gonna do that!!
/rant mode off......
At least it's a beautiful day out there!