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Old 03-15-2023, 04:24 PM   #1
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Dexter Hub Cap Missing

The road from Tucson to Ajo gave our Flagstaff 26FKBS the full shock and vibration test!
Somewhere we lost a hub cap and an internal cap(?) came loose. See photo.
Do I need to do more than tap the internal cap on and put tape over opening until I can acquire a hub cap?
FWIW, the bearings were replaced and the brakes were checked prior to departure by an independent trailer repair shop.
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Old 03-15-2023, 06:10 PM   #2
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Looks like the "shop" didn't reinstall the dust cover in the hub properly and as it rattled around inside the wheel center cap the snap in piece-----snapped out.

Properly installation usually requires a mallet to drive it firmly into the end of the hub.


Remove the wheel and reinstall the dust cover. Just taping the outer hole will result in the dust cover causing damage to nut retainer and possibly bearing.
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Old 03-15-2023, 11:15 PM   #3
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You'll need to take that tire off the reason the cap came off is the bearing buddy has come off. You need to put the back on the hub with a rubber male or a piece of wood and a hammer.
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Old 03-16-2023, 07:18 AM   #4
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before putting it back with hammer mallet etc


it needs to be cleaned...
all the grease removed and the bearing checked for grit
spin the bearing by hand and you can feel if any contamination.
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Old 03-16-2023, 09:59 AM   #5
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I agree with Aussieguy, remove the wheel and bearing. Just assume it has dust and grit in it. Wash the bearing, spindle, and hub with brake cleaner or other solvent and then repack it by hand. If for any reason you can't get the bearing clean, install a new bearings and seals.
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Old 03-16-2023, 01:21 PM   #6
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I agree, to be safe, service the bearing on the wheel.
The inner dust cap is just friction fit onto the axle. A rubber mallet is a good tool for that job.
The other cap is a wheel center cap.

You can buy both types of replacement caps from E-trailer. You do need to know what size you have - there are at multiple variations.
Here is a link to one of the wheel center caps. I think you can also get the center plug that popped off. https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...bur/319EZ.html
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I hit a bad pot hole and had the same problem. The above suggestions are spot on.

For my 25BRDS this was the cap: https://www.etrailer.com/Accessories...r/CCP-60C.html
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Old 03-17-2023, 05:48 PM   #8
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Thank you!


While you might carry with you a jack and cribbing to safely lift your trailer, and the appropriate grease and bearing tools, I rely on competent mechanics especially for their experience with abnormal conditions.



Thus I opted to cut a piece of wood that slipped through the outer hole to tap the bearing dust cover on. I also inspected the other 3 hubs and tightened them.


As soon as I am near a competent trailer mechanic I will have them service the bearings.
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That sounds like a reasonable temporary solution, Best of luck with it and safe travels.
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Old 03-17-2023, 07:49 PM   #10
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I carry a couple of complete sets being: grease-packed bearings, inside and outside races, axel hub caps, and grease seals. Also a small can of wheel bearing grease. Gloves to protect the hands are an added bonus.

I don't use the Ez-Lub system, but prefer to remove the wheel, and hub and inspect the brakes, bearings, and races. I have no plans to do major maintenance on the road but just in case.......

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