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Old 04-07-2016, 08:17 PM   #11
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The center part of cap is removable

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Entire center cap piece can only be removed by taking off wheel
Thanks for taking time to check your center cap, I appreciate it. Guess I'll be looking for a center cap with a removable end section.
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Old 04-07-2016, 08:25 PM   #12
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FYI, "Buddy Bearings" DO NOT get grease to the inner bearing. Learned the hard way and got to see the evidence first hand as my wheel fell off the trailer.

If you have the Dexter axles with "EX-lube" grease fitting, that is a different story. Are you sure you have "Buddy Bearings"?
I have the EX-lub system and I've have found stainless steel center caps that have the removable end on e-trailer for $11 each! Thanks to all.
I'll be ordering these soon!!!
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Great! There are some good youtube videos showing exactly how they work. I went to my local trailer shop and they had a demo axle for me to see. Looked like it should work well.

Some guys on another forum say to still be very careful not to blow out the rear seals by pumping too hard. It's not good to get grease in your brakes. They say they would still hand pack, which I'm considering doing too.
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Great! There are some good youtube videos showing exactly how they work. I went to my local trailer shop and they had a demo axle for me to see. Looked like it should work well.

Some guys on another forum say to still be very careful not to blow out the rear seals by pumping too hard. It's not good to get grease in your brakes. They say they would still hand pack, which I'm considering doing too.
I bet those same guys only drive manual transmission vehicles, don't use cruise control and would NEVER touch a microwave oven!
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How often are you adding grease to the bearings? They are the same tapered roller bearings used in a car. The bearings on a car usually go 50,000 miles plus before needing to be cleaned and re-greased. If they are properly packed with grease during service there is no need to regularly add more grease.
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We installed wheel caps with removable centers on our cargo trailer. Purchased at E-Trailer. They work very well.
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Old 04-08-2016, 05:52 PM   #18
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How often? The trailer we had a failure on was a brand new trailer. Beware of the factory grease job. Our inner bearings were dry as a bone.
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Old 04-09-2016, 11:39 AM   #19
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I bet those same guys only drive manual transmission vehicles, don't use cruise control and would NEVER touch a microwave oven!
i see you never found a bad bearing on your first manual repack and grease leaking on your brakes. Yeah, that never happens on these axles.

You can be cute all you want with you opinion, but I've been there done that and will hand pack now.

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I have the bearings repacked by hand every one or two years depending on mileage towed. I use the grease zerks in between manual repacks.
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