Originally Posted by Learjet
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.
There is no substitute for hand packing wheel bearings. Period.
With that said, for those who don't have a clue when or how to do that procedure, the EZ-Lube axle can be an alternative to doing nothing at all.
Yes, if not done correctly and if the sun and the moon don't align when adding lube, you can push grease past the rear seal and get it on the brake components but I would rather see that happen than spin a bearing with no grease in it for 1000's of miles. A burned up bearing and axle hub is going to be way more costly than cleaning and replacing a few brake components.
I think some folks also confuse EZ-Lube axles with Bearing Buddies.
They are not the same and while both have some of the same thought process going for them, (adding grease to the bearings without taking the hub apart) they are really meant to accomplish different outcomes.
I've seen folks add Bearing Buddies to camping trailer axles. They really are not designed for campers. They were originally designed for axles subjected to water intrusion.
EZ-Lube axles are meant to add grease to the hub and bearings without pushing grease past the rear seal and onto the brakes and backing plate.
Bearing Buddies ARE IN FACT designed to push grease (and water) from the hub, displacing any water/foreign material from the bearings after being submerged at places like the boat ramp.