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Old 08-01-2011, 01:44 AM   #91
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Ok, so I pumped my bearings full of Lucas Red And Tacky #2. It has a drop point over 500 degrees. I pumped and spun the wheels until nothing but red came out. So at this point I was happy and thought, one more thing off the list, right. Until I went to take the grease gun out of my tool tote in my SUV and the grease gun lost a bunch of grease when it became liquid. I now have pink liquid in my tote and am wondering if it also goes to liquid so easily in my bearings. Is it supposed to do that at such a low temp? Do I need to change grease and re- do my bearings again? Any help would be appreciated.

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I'm another user of Lucas R&T. Good experience with this stuff and it tends to stay with the bearing better than some alternatives. Re the liquid coming from your grease gun, release the pressure from the gun's piston when you're done greasing and there should be very little or no liquid discharge. Grease, generally, is oil with soap (lithium etc) and if left under pressure will cause the oil to separate from its suspension with the soap.
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Old 08-01-2011, 04:24 PM   #92
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Thank you! I was worried the same thing would happen to the bearings. I did not know about the pressure in the grease gun doing that.

Thank you once again.
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Old 08-01-2011, 05:51 PM   #93
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I have replaced the bearings in my last TT and now with my Rockwood 5ver with Timken brand bearings and races. In my last TT I was doing the regular maintenance and 'flushing' the grease out and found flecks of metal in one hub. The made in China races started to flake away, even with plenty of grease. With the 5ver, it used the same bearings so I figured for less than $150 for bearings and races i'ts cheap insurance.

With the Timkens, I'm using Timken Premium All Purpose Industrial LC-2 grease which has a dropping point of 500F ...and if you want to talk about paranoid... I carry a full set of tools (seal pullers, brass punch, seal drifting tool) and the parts to rebuild a hub... this year I bought a complete drum just to have one on hand... I run with the decorative hub caps off... and at every stop, I check the hubs with infra red thermometer. Mind you if I lose the spindle I'm screwed
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Old 08-01-2011, 06:31 PM   #94
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Wow: this was a fabulous tread with tons of helps. I was just ready to lube my bearings and looking how to do it. Now I dont have to go farther.
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Old 08-01-2011, 07:15 PM   #95
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X2... thank you Herk for starting it and all for adding your help
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Old 10-06-2011, 08:51 PM   #96
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Aluminum wheel center caps

I have the Ultra Lube fitting in the wheel caps on my new 5th wheel, but I can't get to them. The aluminum option wheels that came with the unit has a small center cap in the wheel cap, but I can't get it off. Is there a trick to get this off to gain access to the zerk fitting without ruining the nice chrome cap? I've tried carefully prying the access cap but no luck and I'm afraid of going any farther. Don't really want to pull the wheels at this point....
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:22 PM   #97
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This is how my wheels look like and they have a screw (see red circle) that needs to be removed for access to the fitting.

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Old 10-06-2011, 10:38 PM   #98
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I have the Ultra Lube fitting in the wheel caps on my new 5th wheel, but I can't get to them. The aluminum option wheels that came with the unit has a small center cap in the wheel cap, but I can't get it off. Is there a trick to get this off to gain access to the zerk fitting without ruining the nice chrome cap? I've tried carefully prying the access cap but no luck and I'm afraid of going any farther. Don't really want to pull the wheels at this point....
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this is what they look like. don't know if i am qualified to tell u how to remove them (i broke 3 on this one).
i would try to find the tabs and push in gently with a screw driver and pry up (gently). i got a little too rough with this one. they are from a 2002 trailer so they may be getting brittle. didn't break the others.

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Old 10-07-2011, 05:48 AM   #99
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If you remove the chrome hubcap as in FRANKM's picture, make sure you use a square tipped tool to remove the Phillips screw. If you use a Phillips screw driver, you may burr the screw head to the point of not being able to remove it.

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Old 10-22-2011, 06:58 PM   #100
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Checked my trailer today and found 1 zerk just floating around in the hub and the other 3 very loose and about to fall out. Going to purchase 2 tubes of grease (Nitro-Red) and flush out the old grease until I only see red. At the same time I plan to adjust the brakes.

Again thanks for everyone on this forum. Without your wonderful posts I wouldn't know to look for these type of issues.

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