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Old 10-06-2015, 01:49 PM   #211
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A couple of weeks ago, my step-sister and her husband experienced a bearing failure on a back road with no shoulders. (They have a Crossroads Sunset Trail Reserve TT but probably the same axle manufacturer as FR uses.) Lots of smoke but fortunately no fire. CAA (Canadian version of AAA) was no help - no proper towing units anywhere near them. They limped it to a nearby house and got permission to park it there 'til they could get it properly moved to a brake/bearing service center. They had to replace the entire axle so it was a costly repair.

Suffice it to say that regular bearing service is absolutely necessary.
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Old 06-11-2016, 10:53 AM   #212
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Ultra lube bearing

3 of the 4 zerts took grease fine, pushing out old grease and replacing with new. The 4th zert however, Struggled taking grease. I could barely squeeze the grease gun, a lot of resistance. I was able to get some new grease in and some old grease out before my hand went numb, but I don't think all of the old grease. I noticed the zert was a little loose. I also noticed when I first looked at zert, the old grease around zert seemed drier, just different than the other 3 zerts. Any ideas? Is it likely the bearings are bad? Thanks.
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:17 AM   #213
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Try cleaning the zerk well with a cloth. Gently push on the center ball of the zerk with a pointy object. If either of those does not work, replace the zerk with a new zerk very easy to do they just screw out.
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3 of the 4 zerts took grease fine, pushing out old grease and replacing with new. The 4th zert however, Struggled taking grease. I could barely squeeze the grease gun, a lot of resistance. I was able to get some new grease in and some old grease out before my hand went numb, but I don't think all of the old grease. I noticed the zert was a little loose. I also noticed when I first looked at zert, the old grease around zert seemed drier, just different than the other 3 zerts. Any ideas? Is it likely the bearings are bad? Thanks.
I agree with the post that the Zerk is BAD, go buy 4 new ones at Napa or any other auto store. Your bearing is probably just fine, I have repalced 4 already.. By the way what grease are you using? I recommend highly Lukas Tacky RED 440 heat tested.
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I experienced the same problem with one of my grease zerks when I was injecting grease into the bearings a couple years ago. To make sure it was the zerk, I just removed one from the wheel beside it and screwed it in, it then took grease fine. The old zerk was plugged, so I just threw it away. Grease zerks are about $3 for 5 at any auto parts, Canadian tire, etc.. good to have a couple extra but make sure you get the proper ones.
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I am using Lucas tacky red
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Old 06-11-2016, 11:29 PM   #217
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New grease zerks did the trick. Thanks for your replies.
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New grease zerks did the trick. Thanks for your replies.
Thanks for letting everyone know...
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I have the Ultra Lube axles and I just pull the hub's and repack like a non Ultra Lube axle. I'm just not convinced that I won't blow out the rear seal considering the way grease carries and displaces pressure. Just my 2 cents.
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I have the Ultra Lube axles and I just pull the hub's and repack like a non Ultra Lube axle. I'm just not convinced that I won't blow out the rear seal considering the way grease carries and displaces pressure. Just my 2 cents.
This can always be a problem, I have never blown the rear seal in 4 years. I change the grease yearly using Lukas tacky RED or Green same grease. I use a hand pump and do it slowly with spinning the wheel. Hand packing is great but you still need to fill that whole cavity. You can buy double lip rear seals at Napa, which are better and stronger. With using different grease you can see when it is all changed, make sure you have a roll of paper towels with you. 2 years ago in Goshen Lippert changed my hubs, they said the grease that is prepack is like water and to change the grease. They know that it isn't good. I just had new tires put on they pulled the hubs checked all the brakes and the adjusted them, there was no grease anywhere in the hub....
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