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Old 04-24-2016, 03:27 PM   #1
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Changing Wheel Bearings

Our trailer is just in its second season but we put over 5K miles on it last year and are heading out in a couple weeks on a month long 4K trip. A local shop where I have my automotive work done is willing to service the wheel bearings on it. I am thinking about just having them replace all the original bearings with new. I would like to use Timken as I have seen many references to them as the best. Is there any way I can get the correct Timken part numbers for the bearing sets and seals without taking the wheel apart?

My trailer has Dexter 3500 pound easy lube axles.

TIA for your ideas, Mike
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Old 04-25-2016, 07:54 AM   #2
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Happy Ending

So we went down to the storage bldg. to get the numbers, etc. off the axle and what do you know? There in the owners folder for the trailer I found a nice little book "Operation Maintenance Service Manual" for our Dexter axle.

Everything I need is right there.

I also watched a couple of videos by Dexter on the servicing of the bearings. They recommend service intervals of 12months/12K miles. Since my bearings are running cool all the time now, I am going to wait until this summer to take on this project myself.

For trip insurance, I am going to buy two sets of bearings plus seals to take with me should I have a need to repair while traveling.
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Old 05-01-2016, 05:58 PM   #3
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For trip insurance, I am going to buy two sets of bearings plus seals to take with me should I have a need to repair while traveling.
Good idea. You might consider grease and the correct drop point temp which should be in the paperwork you have. There should also be a list of recommended grease to use. You might also want a brass bar about 1/2" diameter x 6 to 8" long and a hammer to knock a race out of the drum if needed. I also carry a piece of plywood cut to about 12" square to work on.
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Good idea. It seems Dexter uses decent bearings. My last unit still had the original bearings when I sold it. Inspected and repacked a few times but they looked great.
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IMO, If you got EZ Lube axles just change out the grease once a year and check for wear and you should not have to disassemble them
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IMO, If you got EZ Lube axles just change out the grease once a year and check for wear and you should not have to disassemble them
how do you change grease and check for wear without disassembly
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how do you change grease and check for wear without disassembly
Jack the wheel up
grab the top of the tire and pull it back and forth to check for play and listen for any grinding noise when rotating the bearing.
rotate the tire and pump grease until it's completely displaced.
Good for another year

For years I didn't rotate the tire while pumping the grease but after talking to Dexter, they recommended that to prevent possibly blowing the rear seal.
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Newb question. I have 3500 lb dexter axles (non EZ lube). Is there a trick to dealing with the drum brakes when servicing the bearings?
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Newb question. I have 3500 lb dexter axles (non EZ lube). Is there a trick to dealing with the drum brakes when servicing the bearings?
Here's a good video on adjusting the brakes.

https://youtu.be/jDMNjK3CkZ0
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Jack the wheel up
grab the top of the tire and pull it back and forth to check for play and listen for any grinding noise when rotating the bearing.
rotate the tire and pump grease until it's completely displaced.
Good for another year

For years I didn't rotate the tire while pumping the grease but after talking to Dexter, they recommended that to prevent possibly blowing the rear seal.
If you keep pumping grease in till it's all new, you just force it out the back and onto the brakes.
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