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Old 08-21-2018, 02:16 AM   #1
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Wheel bearing service

Iím accustomed to pulling wheels, cleaning, and greasing bearings. I researched the IS maintenance procedure, and all that was mentioned was to grease the zerk fittings on the underside of each system; nothing about bearings. Are these wheels permanently lubed?
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:24 AM   #2
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Iím accustomed to pulling wheels, cleaning, and greasing bearings. I researched the IS maintenance procedure, and all that was mentioned was to grease the zerk fittings on the underside of each system; nothing about bearings. Are these wheels permanently lubed?
No, there are inner and outer bearings just like you are accustomed too. I do not push grease through the zero fitting under the Center cap. It only goes to the back bearing and I am concerned that it could blow out the rear seal.
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Old 08-21-2018, 02:30 AM   #3
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Thanks, ryno. I have all of my manuals, but none suggest/recommend pulling and greasing bearings. I’ve had mine almost 2 years and about 15k miles. So, it’s time.
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Old 08-21-2018, 04:41 AM   #4
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Thanks, ryno. I have all of my manuals, but none suggest/recommend pulling and greasing bearings. Iíve had mine almost 2 years and about 15k miles. So, itís time.
Slade told me to grease moreryde at 5k and wheel bearings at 10k.He does not use the wheel bearing grease serts either.
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Slade told me to grease moreryde at 5k and wheel bearings at 10k.He does not use the wheel bearing grease serts either.
I hit the zerks a couple of shots every 6 months on the suspension and hitch. I greased the bearing up really good with Mobil 1 grease a little over 2 years ago. I check to make sure that there is no bearing slop every month or so. Old style rotors with the same bearing set up would go easily until brakes were needed or there was play detected. That is how I am gagging mine.
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:52 PM   #6
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No, there are inner and outer bearings just like you are accustomed too. I do not push grease through the zero fitting under the Center cap. It only goes to the back bearing and I am concerned that it could blow out the rear seal.

The system works GREAT!!! Have someone spin the tire and pump away with a MANUAL grease gun. The grease WILL start coming out the front. Keep wiping the old grease away til the fresh grease appears. While the wheel is off the ground do the push pull at opposite ends of the tire to check for bearing play.

DON'T use a pneumatic grease gun as these are most likely going to blow out your seal.
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Old 08-21-2018, 03:56 PM   #7
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Watch this YouTube video!!!

"Lubricating the Dexter E-Z Lube Axle by Bug Smacker"
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Old 08-21-2018, 10:07 PM   #8
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I have to wait until my SIL can come up to assist me; maybe this weekend. I want to rotate the tires and do the bearings at the same time. Today, I replaced both fuel filters, took an engine oil and trannie fluid sample, and sent those to the lab. I’m curious about the results after this 5k mile trip, up and down long, winding, 8 and 10% grades.
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Old 08-22-2018, 12:29 AM   #9
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The system works GREAT!!! Have someone spin the tire and pump away with a MANUAL grease gun. The grease WILL start coming out the front. Keep wiping the old grease away til the fresh grease appears. While the wheel is off the ground do the push pull at opposite ends of the tire to check for bearing play.

DON'T use a pneumatic grease gun as these are most likely going to blow out your seal.
That seems like WAY to much grease. To fill that whole void with grease seems just not right. But I will watch that video.
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Old 08-22-2018, 04:21 AM   #10
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grease

I guess im just old school.I like pulling my wheels and bearings looking at condition of bearings and races, cleaning them up repack, new seals,check calipers out etc.More work for sure but it makes me happy!
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:16 PM   #11
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clev,
Will be at Morryde this coming 27th, will get the real skinny then.
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Old 08-22-2018, 03:34 PM   #12
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I guess im just old school.I like pulling my wheels and bearings looking at condition of bearings and races, cleaning them up repack, new seals,check calipers out etc.More work for sure but it makes me happy!
And done properly there is no reason to do it every year or 5000 miles.
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Old 08-22-2018, 05:49 PM   #13
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I agree.
How often does the truck wheel bearings/brakes even get looked at??
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Old 08-22-2018, 06:01 PM   #14
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And done properly there is no reason to do it every year or 5000 miles.
This is my thinking. Plus using good quality grease also.
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