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Old 05-12-2016, 05:54 AM   #1
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While recently greasing my wheel bearings on my Wildcat MAXX, I found one of the seals had leaked and there is grease on the brake magnet and the drum surface it contacts with. Can I simply (carefully) clean the drum surface and the magnet with brake cleaner or (?) and reassemble? Is not, what process should I use?

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Old 05-12-2016, 09:43 AM   #2
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brakes pads need to be changed if contaminated.

No sure about magnet, but I would guess you could clean it with brake cleaner and yes for the drum it self.

Did you pump grease into the axle with the "EZ lube" ??
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Yes, EZ lub zerk was greased a few months ago.
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Yes, brake cleaner will do ya.
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Best to use the EZ Lube when it is warm outside.


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I've also heard that you should spin the wheel as you're pumping in the fresh grease... otherwise the rear seal can fail.
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Thanks all! Took the wheel apart, cleaned everything with brake cleaner, reassembled so all should be good to go. I appreciate everyone taking the time to provide the brake knowledge. All the best!!
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Yes, EZ lub zerk was greased a few months ago.
There lies the problem, had the same thing happen to me. Better to be safe and not use the EZ lub. JMHO
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There lies the problem, had the same thing happen to me. Better to be safe and not use the EZ lub. JMHO

I couldn't agree more. As the old saying goes " Fool me once, shame on you", well you know the rest!
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Yea JD you are supposed to slowly spin the tire as you slowly pump the grease. I have done this several times without issue.


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Yea JD you are supposed to slowly spin the tire as you slowly pump the grease. I have done this several times without issue.


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I did all of that and still leaked....the hub doesn't need to be full of grease.
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I did all of that and still leaked....the hub doesn't need to be full of grease.
Needed to check the seals or better yet, just replace them before you pack the hubs.
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The EZ lube axles are not to be used for RV over the road use. They are the same axles used on boat trailers and that is why the are installed on RVs. More cost effective. Never use the zerk fitting to lube the bearings. It's more work but way better to remove the wheel, remove the brake drum, remove the bearings, clean them, inspect them, re-grease the bearings and do the same to the races. Really look at them. If you need to ask someone if they look burned or discolored, then they most likely are. Replace them. They are not expensive and will save your trip from a seized bearing and weeks getting it fixed. This is at least bi-annual maintenance. Just do it. And replace the seals.
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BigTJon, thanks for the info and your input.
I'm pleased to say that I'm on my first trip since taking my hub's off and cleaning up the excess grease around and on (small amount) my brake shoes and drums. It took a few stops once I hit the road to get my full braking back but it did return and looks like I good for now. I second the EZ-lub process, it's not for me! I've been greasing wheel bearings since 1970 and I'll just continue to process I've always used and had success with.
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