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Old 05-09-2004, 07:17 PM
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Repacking Wheel Bearings?

Ok, I'm a little confused here. It may sound stupid but on my truck the wheel bearings have to be removed to change the brakes. I did a search on google for how to repack the bearings and I think I understand, basicly clean the bearings up good then fill each of the rollers with grease by the palm of your hand, then fill the cavity around the bearing with grease. Is this procedure right and if not what am I missing? Also is it ok to reuse old bearings that appear in pretty good shape or is it better just to get new bearings. Thanks in advance to all that can help.

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Old 05-09-2004, 07:32 PM
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Yes, thats about right.....the old bearings should be good.

One thing, don't tighten the spindle nut too tight. That would put too much pressure on the bearings. Also, too loose is no good. What I do, is snug it up and then back it off to the 1st position that the cotter pin will go through. Spin the wheel and check again.
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Put a glob of grease in the palm of your hand and with the bearing in the other hand use it to scoop up the grease. Do this as often as it takes to infuse the grease into and around the rollers and cage.

DO NOT SPIN THE BEARINGS WITH COMPRESSED AIR.

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Old 05-09-2004, 07:54 PM
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Thanks for your help guys.
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Rub grease into the bearings real good until there's no air pockets left & grease is everywhere. Then put some extra grease in the air spaces inside the hubs between the bearings.

Get the paper towels out BEFORE you start.
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Local auto parts store sell cheapy packers that use a grease gun to force the grease into the cage of the bearing. For $5 it is worth it, hand packing is a nasty job. Give it a couple a pumps, spin the bearing, give a couple of pumps.


BTW: make sure you have bearing grease in the grease gun, i fell for that once when i was a kid.....


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