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Old 05-23-2013, 10:49 PM   #11
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6 pumps and I was getting clean grease back out so as I said I'm good....
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:57 PM   #12
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i personally am done with bearing buddy "ezlube" grease zerks. 4 tubes of grease ? there is a very very good chance you pushed the seal out of the back of your hubs, and filled the backing plate area with grease.
Not trying to be the bearer of bad news, but that is just a fact. the seal on the back of hubs pushes out quite easily. grease everywhere. been there, done that.
each season i just take my hubs off, clean all the nasty grease out of the bearings and hub with kerosene or whatever is handy, then pack em by hand totally full, pack the bearings with grease, then put it all together.
X2. And it's a two eyed sword with boat trailers between grease getting out and water getting in.
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Old 05-23-2013, 10:59 PM   #13
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Old 05-23-2013, 11:20 PM   #14
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Disc brakes don't drag or need adjusting, and the lube thing will be history soon as I get 'bout 6-12K miles, then it's 75 - 90w gear oil from that point on. Woo hoo!
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Old 05-24-2013, 12:37 AM   #15
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Today was "Lube the EZ-Lubes" day. It does take a lot of grease! I used 2-1/2 tubes on 4 hubs. I was a good boy and jacked up the trailer so I could spin the wheels as I pumped the lube in.

One of the 4 was dragging at one spot in the rotation. (I could still turn the drum, but just barely.)

I figure it's probably a warped drum. Any other opinions on that?

I'm still under warranty. Is this likely to be covered?
The hub cavity between the inner and outer bearings can be quite large and I don't think a couple of tubes is excessive for 4 hubs! Especially if the bearings were only hand packed at installation. I will be doing my wheel bearings tomorrow and will post as to the results.
On your the brake adjustment check did you rotate the wheel both directions i.e. forward and rearward? When it get's to the point where it drags, reverse the rotation for a couple of turns and then go back in the original direction. I don't think you have a warped drum, however without physically seeing and adjusting it's a crap shoot at best! Good luck in your outcome.
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Old 05-24-2013, 01:37 AM   #16
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Simply take that drum to a shop and have it turned.
Instructions, diagrams, videos and photos for bearing packing and re-packing are easily found on the web.
I fill the cavity by hand b4 putting the hub back on when I repack the bearings. It saves pumping time but uses the same amount of grease.
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:49 AM   #17
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6 pumps and I was getting clean grease back out so as I said I'm good....
Are we talking about tricycle wheels here? Most hubs are too big to possibly be getting clean grease out in 6 pumps.

Maybe I should be asking how big the piston is on your grease gun. ;-)
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Old 05-24-2013, 09:54 AM   #18
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Are we talking about tricycle wheels here? Most hubs are too big to possibly be getting clean grease out in 6 pumps.

in the future, after the warranty is up, i highly suggest pulling the hubs off the axles to do a real re-grease job. Cleaning all the old grease out with your choice of cleaning solution, compressed air to dry the bearings, and pack that hub full up with grease. you might be getting old grease pushed out of the outer bearing, but the inner ? not so much.

From everything i have seen, bearing buddy, dexter ezlube, whatever, there is no "ez" way to do this job right. Pulling the hubs and repacking by hand is the "best" way. It's messy, but that is how it should be done each season if you tow a bunch of miles. This will also ensure you are inspecting the pads and drums, the magnet and the magnet friction surface of the hub.. as well as checking to see if that 2.5 tubes of lube pushed past the seals at any given time
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Are we talking about tricycle wheels here? Most hubs are too big to possibly be getting clean grease out in 6 pumps.

Maybe I should be asking how big the piston is on your grease gun. ;-)
Depends, I have 2, one is a small one handed with a 1-1/8" piston and another 2 handed one with a 2-3/4" piston.
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Old 05-24-2013, 10:06 AM   #20
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you might be getting old grease pushed out of the outer bearing, but the inner ? not so much.
That would be wrong. It's impossible to get grease from the outer bearing without lubbing the inner bearing. See picture below. It sounds like you don't much believe in technical progress. I certainly agree that this doesn't eliminate the need for inspection of the brakes.
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