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Old 09-25-2012, 11:54 PM   #11
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Just finished greasing our TT - cut my index finger cleaning old grease out of it, right thru a paper towel. Where the rubber cap attaches.

The new grease gun's zerk connector I got at Tractor Supply had to be disconnected from the grease supply and wait about 20 minutes before it would release from the Zerk fitting. Happened on all four wheels?

You're supposed to add grease until it starts coming out (you can see it if you clean the old grease out from under the rubber cap first).

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Old 09-26-2012, 04:57 AM   #12
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Ok so I'm telling my self never wait agan. On the way back home (Chicago) with my 2011 5th wheel Flagstaff, I blew the center cap out on the left rear hubcap. After reviewing the procedures and before disassembling, additional inspection revealed the metal dust boot is gone and a rubber boot? Yes thiers black grease all over the chrome wheel and maybe enough in the hub. It looks like (hopefully) a bearing or two, and additional accessories. I'm beating myself because I leave for Phoenix next month (Full timer) and was planning on a complete shakedown maintenance. I had been told the greased hubs were good for 3-5 years. NOT SO!!! And it is so easy to grease these hubs too... :-(
Sorry to hear of your problem, If I'm right your flagstaff came with AL-KO axles, just as my Rockwood did. Your AXLES, should still be under warranty. If you read the manual it will state 2 years and also 5 years on some parts. It is listed on page # 42. I would call AL-KO @ 574-294-6651. I would at least call them, but it seems to me they should cover the parts and labor from what I have read and your unit is less then 2 years old
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Old 09-26-2012, 06:43 AM   #13
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The new grease gun's zerk connector I got at Tractor Supply had to be disconnected from the grease supply and wait about 20 minutes before it would release from the Zerk fitting. Happened on all four wheels?
Mine grease gun seems to get "welded" to the zerks, also. Had to really pull hard to get the them separated. Didn't know this until I read it on the forum here, but you can screw out the grease gun tip some so it does not grab as much.
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Old 09-26-2012, 08:02 AM   #14
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Grease gun will not release---------

Been there, done that!

If you are having a problem with the grease gun not releasing from the ZERK fitting, you need to replace the fitting. I had the same problem with two of my grease fittings, would not release or was slow about taking grease.

I discovered the zerk fittings were missing a spring behind the sealing ball inside the ZERK fitting, another words a bad bunch of ZERK fittings were installed at the factory. Defective China made fittings. Go to your local auto supply store purchase new fittings, replace.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:15 AM   #15
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Just finished greasing our TT - cut my index finger cleaning old grease out of it, right thru a paper towel. Where the rubber cap attaches.

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I did the same thing when i did mine. It's amazing how sharp that lip really is.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:23 AM   #16
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It is quite possible that the factory only put a minimum amount of grease in the hub. When we picked up our new fifth, I didn't leave the lot before pumping the hubs full. Those 'easy-lube' grease zerks are there for a reason. I have seen claims that one doesn't have to add more than a stroke or two per year, but I have never had a bearing failure on any of my many pieces of equipment from over-greasing.
Sorry for your experience.
When we picked up our new 5er in Feb this yr, I pulled it home about 15 miles and that was the first thing I did after unhooking was pull the hub caps and grease the hubs. Then did it again when I was putting the shocks on and had the hubs off.
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Old 09-26-2012, 09:28 PM   #17
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A big 10/4 on the minimum grease from the factory. I once read a thread on the amount of grease the hubs took when greasing the easy way, and, yes it's true. I used 2/3 of a tube on each hub and two rolls of paper towels before I was through with all four hubs. I could not believe the black mud that was comming out. Don't think about it just use the easy way today!!!! I was lucky, very very lucky!! Pay mre know or pay me later.....
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Old 09-26-2012, 10:42 PM   #18
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is adding the grease zert hub a good idea?
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Old 09-26-2012, 11:08 PM   #19
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Its part of the AL-KO spindle/axel not realy the hub. I just used the term to simplify.. lol
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Old 09-27-2012, 06:10 AM   #20
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You need to watch doing this because you can very easily blow the seal and the grease will be inside your hub.

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