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Old 05-22-2015, 09:05 PM   #1
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New TT and bearings

Decided to check the wheels, hubs, and brakes on our new Salem Hemisphere 302FK.
Jacked up the wheels and adjusted the brakes.
One spindle took a lot more grease than the others. (pumped grease while turning wheel)
Checked the torque on all lug nuts.
Checked for slop in the bearings.
Checked the tire pressures.


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Old 05-22-2015, 09:10 PM   #2
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I'm going to guess that when they install the hub to the spindle, they pack the wheel bearings add some extra grease around the front/rear bearings and ship it. When I did mine the first time, I used a tube for both sides. I do not believe that they add grease through the EZ lube system at the factory, so there is a fairly large empty void around the spindle, between the bearings.
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That would make sense. Thanks for the reply.
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Old 05-23-2015, 08:54 AM   #4
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Just a caution. I checked my hubs recently and found a rear seal that was leaking. This after less than 2k miles.


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Easy to remove a hub and check the seal to see if leaking.
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Old 05-23-2015, 09:03 AM   #6
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I've got a big trip coming up in August, I'll be doing this sometime in late June, plus I'll be repackaged the bearings instead of just pumping them full. This way I know I'll have one brand of good grease in there.
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Old 05-24-2015, 09:01 AM   #7
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Good basic info here. I use Lucas Red 'N' Tacky on my boat trailer so it will also go in the TT.
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Old 05-27-2015, 08:50 PM   #8
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I was just looking at buying grease as my bearings need to be cleaned and repacked, And I looked at red-n-tacky and did not purchase it because it is not rated for well bearings, did purchase the Marine version from Lucas. Just thought I should help out.
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Strange! I won't use Lucas red and tacky cause I only use Synthetic, but know people who do, and it has the GC-LB label.

http://lucasoil.com/pdf/TDS_Red-Tacky-Grease.pdf
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Old 05-31-2015, 07:19 AM   #10
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My RV service folks advised re-packing the bearings annually
or every 8,000 miles is a better way to go. Many times pump lubing the bearings can cause seal damage.
Not being a certified mechanic, for the price of having them repack the bearings as part of a seasonal pre-trip checkup is worth the minor cost to be worry free for our long journeys.
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