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Old 06-26-2016, 06:42 PM   #1
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Greasing ball bearings and axle in 213x

Hi folks,

So I'm heading to the East coast and 2 buddies reminded me that I need to grease the axles when I'm out there. Or I should.

I'm not a mechanic! Lol
I wasn't going to pry the Hub off, but are ball bearings behind it?

Is it easy to do?

I might call a local dealer and pay them to show me.

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Old 06-26-2016, 06:54 PM   #2
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Whatcha work in on? How many miles on the bearings? Have they ever been maintained?
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:08 PM   #3
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Hi Crusader,

Maybe 2000 miles on them at most. Will be putting that in and maybe more on our trip.
Never been serviced. Just got it last year.
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:17 PM   #4
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There is no Ball Bearings in the hubs, they are tapered roller bearings
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:20 PM   #5
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Hi,

Thanks. Does that mean it's a bad thing or I don't need to worry about greasing?
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Old 06-26-2016, 07:21 PM   #6
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Dexter axles website has some good videos on servicing the bearings. I would do this before going to the east coast. Although it is not clear if it is necessary. Age, mileage, road conditions all factor in on when to service bearings.
I do mine once a season, I pull the hubs clean bearings check seals and hand pack bearings. I use a infrared temperature gun to monitor the bearings. If I see temps over 150 degrees I will give them a shot of grease. I also have ez lube hubs so that makes it kinda simple. You will have a hard time finding a shop that will "teach" you how to do it.
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So to clarify, is there is a grease fitting to grease the bearings or if i have to remove them to grease them?
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So to clarify, is there is a grease fitting to grease the bearings or if i have to remove them to grease them?
Depends on brand and model of axle.
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Old 06-27-2016, 05:41 AM   #9
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Hi,

Thet label says tandem axle CSA Z240 series.
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I wouldn't think it is necessary to repack the bearings every season, although it's a guarantee that they will be in good shape. As far as I know there is no easy way to repack the bearings. Pull the wheel and hub and, like uhduh, handpick the bearings. You can check for wear and any foreign material in the drum at the same time. Visual inspection will tell you how good your bearings are.
Have fun. Check you tube. I'm sure there are lots of demonstrations there.
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