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Packing wheel bearings

I recently removed the drivers side front disc from my '80 Regal. After putting everything back on, my Dad's telling me I have to do it again because I didnt pack the rear bearing. If I didnt put new bearings in to begin with, is this nessessary, as there was still considerable grease in there from before. I did repack the front one just becasue it was already out, and added some extra grease to the bearing surfaces and spindle. Do I really have to go back in and repack the rear bearing
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you dont HAVE to but it is/was a good time to do it. i do it to all my familys cars at every break pad change. just because there is grease around it doesnt always mean there is grease in the bearing. and when you are done packing them once you put them on push extra grease in all around them.
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you dont HAVE to but it is/was a good time to do it. i do it to all my familys cars at every break pad change. just because there is grease around it doesnt always mean there is grease in the bearing. and when you are done packing them once you put them on push extra grease in all around them.
I would disagree about pushing extra grease in all around the bearings, not necessary and does not do anything to help the bearings. Pack the bearings themselves, completely and when installing put a light coat of grease on the spindle. And in case you didn't, get new grease seals.
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as said above you dont have to but its a good idea. if you push out all the old grease and help to get rid of any dirt thats floating around in there. as for extra grease i've always encountered a buch of extra grease in the rotor or hub so after scooping out all the old stuff i always put more in its place but i never worried to much about it.
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In the Military [ wheel vehicle mechanic ] school, we were taught to pack the hubs along with the bearings. being they maintain the largest fleet of vehicles in the World, I took their word for it and have always done so.if the cavity of the hub were empty of grease, the grease packed into the bearings would end up in the cavity.

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packing bearings.

Cleaning inspecting and repacking both the inner and outer bearings is the preferred method. Anything that does not have grease on it will rust. Most of the bearings I have changed in the last 30 years or so were rusted or had very little grease on them. I like a good 1/4 inch of grease on the inside of the hub, bearing cap and spindle. Grease is cheaper than the down time changing bearings and damaged spindles.
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