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Old 05-03-2010, 11:18 AM
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454- I think the grease may have worked into the bearings as the wheel got hotter.
This quote scares me. Please tell me you did pack the wheel bearings during assembly and before you drove the car. If not theres the problem, bearings burn fast without lubrication.

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Relax guys, I packed the bearings with hi temperature disc brake bearing grease. I used the glob on the hand and force the grease into the bearing method. They are lubed well. I sure wish T bucket would of came in earlier with his statement about the replacing the races, which I DID NOT REPLACE! I did inspect them and they looked untouched and not even burnt, etc. My buddy who was helping me install the disc brakes, did the lubrication of the bearing when we installed them. My guess is he only applied grease to the outside of the bearing and maybe pressed some grease into the bearing with his finger. In other words, they weren't lubricated properly from the get go.
As far as my comment on grease working into it. What the heck do I know??? That's why I'm asking you guys...
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Relax guys, I packed the bearings with hi temperature disc brake bearing grease. I used the glob on the hand and force the grease into the bearing method. They are lubed well. I sure wish T bucket would of came in earlier with his statement about the replacing the races, which I DID NOT REPLACE! I did inspect them and they looked untouched and not even burnt, etc. My buddy who was helping me install the disc brakes, did the lubrication of the bearing when we installed them. My guess is he only applied grease to the outside of the bearing and maybe pressed some grease into the bearing with his finger. In other words, they weren't lubricated properly from the get go.
As far as my comment on grease working into it. What the heck do I know??? That's why I'm asking you guys...
Grease needs to be packed into the bearing from the large end until is comes out of the small end between the rollers. You ALWAYS replace the race when you replace a bearing, no exceptions.You can not tell the health of the race by looking at it. Sorry I didnt see it earlier.
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Chet, I lubricated the bearing correctly as you stated. However, I did not change out the race. It's not a big deal to pull the hubs and do that which I'll do this upcoming weekend. I'm not driving it until then anyways. You've helped on other occasions as well, for that I'm appreciative! I guess that's why they give you races when you purchase the bearing.
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i have a couple of different wheel bearing packers but this double cone type that you use your grease gun on is my favorite
it makes short work of doing bearings and works very well
and i hate walking around with a handful of grease
http://www.sears.com/shc/s/p_10153_1...&blockType=G11
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Watch this video on lubricating wheel bearings. Is this the proper way to lubricate them?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOB_Xy4J6lI&NR=1
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Watch this video on lubricating wheel bearings. Is this the proper way to lubricate them?

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=LOB_Xy4J6lI&NR=1
Couldnt be more wrong.

If the bearings are packed properly you do not need to put any grease on the races. A little on the outer surface of the bearing after it is packed is more than sufficient. Putting grease in the cavity between the races is a waste of grease.
There is no reason to lubricate the spindle as the bearing shoulder should NEVER spin on the spindle.

I pack my bearings 1 of 2 ways.
Method one involves a large gob of bearing grease on the palm of my right left hand and the grease is worked into the bearing using almost like a scraping motion until the grease comes out the other end between the rollers.
The second method, preferred, is I have a packing tool that goes in the vice, it is a plastic can with grease in the bottom and a couple of flanges inside. You put the bearing in put on the cover and squeeze in the vice until the grease comes out the top of the bearing. This method is faster and cleaner.

Always start with a clean bearing.
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Another method I have used is to put a gob of grease into a clean zip lock bag, drop in the new bearing, seal the bag and squish it around until fully packed. Fish it out and install as usual. If kept clean the grease can be reused and replenished as needed. Make sure you seal the bag after use to keep it clean.
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i also have one of the vise type self contained packers
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zip lock bag, drop in the new bearing, seal the bag and squish it around until fully packed. Fish it out
the problem with the bag is you need to make shure the grease goes all the way through the bearing
thats why when you pack with your hand, or any tool, you push the grease from one side to the other
not from both sides, as you could leave an air pocket in the middle
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UPDATE- I wanted to let everyone know what I discovered. After replacing the races, bearings, I still had the grinding noise when starting a left turn. I found that the U bolts, that hold my straight axle to the leafs weren't tight. I took a long ratchet and torqued the bolts up nice and tight. Took it for a drive and the grinding noise stopped. Not sure what caused the grinding sound with the U bolts being loose? It wasn't that loose to where the axle moved, but it wasn't torqued either. Well, I at least got new bearings out of the deal. Thanks everyone.
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Couldnt be more wrong.
He was doing OK until about 2:30. Then the wheels fell off. HA HA HA HA I kill myself.
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This one is not bad, although I prefer not to tap. I kinda roll it until the grease pops out the small end, working my way around until every cavity is full.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=agxjG...eature=related

Take your dramamine before watching this one. And the non-automotive banter is funny. Best non-torque wrench one I found.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQYiA...eature=related
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He was doing OK until about 2:30. Then the wheels fell off. HA HA HA HA I kill myself.
You know ...........! that is a very funny statement ....... "I kill myself "..... got me laughing for sure ..... thanks
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