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Old 09-29-2013, 10:27 PM   #1
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2012 Lacrosse Bearing Issues

We are just under two years into ownership of our 318BHS.

3 weeks after our purchase I noticed that one of the hubs was running too hot to touch. We took it to the dealership and after a bit of fussing about, they replaced one of the axles. Seems that they had one in stock since someone else was having a similar issue.

This weekend after an short trip I noticed that the same wheel is now covered in grime and grease is streaking the brake drum. So it looks as though the bearings and/or seals are shot on this one too.

Call me suspicious, but after a lifetime of owning boat trailers with no bearing issues, having issues with the same hub two times in two years is a bit troubling. Especially since the dealership supposedly replaced the axle.

My question to the community is this: Has anyone else had recurring issues with these axles? If so, do you have any words of wisdom?

Are the races replaceable on these axles or will the spindle need to be replaced also?

Thanks for your input.
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Old 09-29-2013, 11:26 PM   #2
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Remove the bearings and check for wear/damage/discoloration.
The races in the hub can be replaced.
Replace the bearings/races if questionable and replace the seal.
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:08 AM   #3
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Remove the bearings and check for wear/damage/discoloration.
The races in the hub can be replaced.
Replace the bearings/races if questionable and replace the seal.
I agree,Plus check the other (3) also! Youroo!!
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Old 09-30-2013, 06:22 AM   #4
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Have you done any maintenance since they replaced the axle?

Repacked bearings? At minimum, used the "easy lube" zerk fittings?

Hard to point any fingers at what is wrong if you haven't looked at them before now.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:00 AM   #5
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Leaking grease indicates a bad seal. Nothing wrong with the bearings.
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Old 09-30-2013, 09:04 AM   #6
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Leaking grease indicates a bad seal. Nothing wrong with the bearings.
Not necessarily, over filling will sling grease out the front of the hub and onto the outside of the wheel. Leaking rear seal will throw grease on back of wheel and into the hub and brake linings.
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Not necessarily, over filling will sling grease out the front of the hub and onto the outside of the wheel. Leaking rear seal will throw grease on back of wheel and into the hub and brake linings.
Good point OC! It could also be the front "seal". ;-)
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Good point OC! It could also be the front "seal". ;-)
Have never seen a front "seal" on any wheel brg except on a full floating axle like on trucks and that is a gasket on the axle flange.
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Leaking grease indicates a bad seal. Nothing wrong with the bearings.
The person who removes the hub assy. and properly removes & cleans (All) the components can make a determination on the condition of them. Replacing seals after use is a given. Youroo!!
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Have never seen a front "seal" on any wheel brg except on a full floating axle like on trucks and that is a gasket on the axle flange.

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It meets the definition of a "seal" in my book (but hey, it's a very old book).
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