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Old 09-17-2019, 09:30 PM   #1
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Wheel bearing grease for beginners

How the heck does a non mechanical guy grease his bearings. My Monty is 5yrs old? Is it needed?
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Old 09-17-2019, 09:38 PM   #2
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Ok. Just watched Utube video. Ain't gonna happen by me. How often do we need to do this to our 5er. I figure I've traveled 5k in my 2014 so far
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Old 09-17-2019, 11:23 PM   #3
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This has been discussed on other threads, but the bearing service is just a small part of the procedure, the other major part is inspecting the brakes, which should be done at least annually, and of course, the bearings are removed during the inspection, so they might as well be checked and packed with fresh grease. All this can not be done by squirting grease into the zerk fittings. Dexter recommends this service should be done annually or 12,000 miles, but really, with low mileage, it can probably be done every two years, but it is your call and risk if something is wrong with your brakes between this long service interval.
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Old 09-18-2019, 05:40 AM   #4
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Old 09-18-2019, 10:40 AM   #5
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Can a tire store like Les Schwab do the job or must I go to a RV outlet (no RV store near me)
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:00 PM   #6
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Any good vehicle prepare shop should be able to grease bearings. But I believe an RV shop will be more familiar with electric brake service or replacement.
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Old 09-18-2019, 08:14 PM   #7
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Wheel bearing

The Dexter rep at the rally recommended contacting Dexter and they will give you a Dexter approved repair shop in your area
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Old 09-19-2019, 09:26 AM   #8
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Honestly removing wheels and hubs and taking out a seal and removing bearings and cleaning , inspecting , greasing and installing new rear seal is quite easy.

UTube videos can guide you thru the procedure. Wheel bearings and brakes on a fifth wheel, along with proper suspension lube are some of the most neglected items that can cause you real grief

An annual inspect and lube are paramount toward your safe journeys down the road. If you canít do it yourself any trailer shop , horse trailer place , and some tire shops can do this simple task.

If you donít have the mechanical skill set to do it yourself or are physically unable then find a place and properly maintain your fifth wheel. You will be safe and so will everyone driving along with you
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Old 09-19-2019, 02:38 PM   #9
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The hardest part of the job is handling the G-rated tires. If you have a impact and 6pt leveling then the job is fairly easy. It takes me about 4 hours start to finish for all 4 wheels including taking out and putting up all the tools. As has been said many times on this forum you need to inspect your brakes along with packing your bearings annually. My bearings always look good from one year to the next but I had one brake pad that had worn almost to the metal and if I had waited till after my 4,000 mile trip I would be replacing a rotor along with the pads. Most people have a hard time with the word INSPECT but it is just as important as packing your bearings.
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Old 09-20-2019, 09:18 AM   #10
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There is a toof for the home mechanic. I dont have one I do it the old school way
Here is the tool
https://www.oreillyauto.com/detail/b.../4414128?pos=2
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Old 09-20-2019, 12:57 PM   #11
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So.... which grease? Racing or automotive quality?


Allstar ALL78240 Timkin Brand Premium Red Type Wheel Bearing Grease 14 oz. Cartridge


or the higher priced



Allstar ALL78242 Timken Brand High-Temp Synthetic Racing Type Wheel Bearing Grease 14 oz. Cartridge



for twice the price?
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:06 PM   #12
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This stuff looks a lot cheaper and higher temp....


Valvoline SynPower Synthetic Automotive Grease - 14.1oz (VV985)
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Old 09-20-2019, 01:28 PM   #13
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Looking at grease and the recommendations at Dexter and ETrailer, most any and all wheel bearing grease looks to be simply fine. Everyone makes it with their brand on it. I saw somewhere that disc brakes require something a bit better but not sure why. Heat? I just love this name -- Royal Purple 01312 NLGI No. 2 High Performance Multi-Purpose Synthetic Ultra Performance Grease. Does the same thing that all of it does. If we buy the racing Timkin, are we paying for the name or real extra protection? And what is a ten spot difference if we really get extra protection?

  • Significantly increases bearing life
  • Bearings run smoother cooler and quieter
  • Satisfies a wide range of grease requirements
  • Outstanding rust/corrosion protection
  • Extreme pressure capabilities
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Ok dumb question only because I haven’t actually given it the college try yet. How do you get the center hubcaps off.
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If you're referring to the chrome center cap, you have to remove the wheel as they are mounted thru the center from the back side.
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If you're referring to the chrome center cap, you have to remove the wheel as they are mounted thru the center from the back side.
Thanks. I thought they were supposed to be ez- lube but I guess not.
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If they are easy lube there should be a removable plastic cap in the center of the chrome center cap. Once you remove it you should see a black rubber plug in there. Pry that out to reveal the grease zerk to lube the bearings. They are best lubed with the wheel off the ground and spinning while being lubed. It takes quite a bit of grease to force the old grease out. Possibly a 1/2 tube or more. Some have had issues with grease getting by the seal and do not use that feature. If done correctly you should not have an issue.

I pump 30-40 pumps into each wheel every season. IMHO inspecting/repacking the bearings every year is a waste of time if you keep them lubed up properly with the ez lube system. I have NEVER removed and inspected the bearings of the 3 trailers I have owned over the last 15 years and have never had a problem. All 3 had the ez lube system.

I use Mobil 1 red synthetic grease.
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Old 09-30-2019, 03:07 PM   #18
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If they are easy lube there should be a removable plastic cap in the center of the chrome center cap. Once you remove it you should see a black rubber plug in there. Pry that out to reveal the grease zerk to lube the bearings. They are best lubed with the wheel off the ground and spinning while being lubed. It takes quite a bit of grease to force the old grease out. Possibly a 1/2 tube or more. Some have had issues with grease getting by the seal and do not use that feature. If done correctly you should not have an issue.

I pump 30-40 pumps into each wheel every season. IMHO inspecting/repacking the bearings every year is a waste of time if you keep them lubed up properly with the ez lube system. I have NEVER removed and inspected the bearings of the 3 trailers I have owned over the last 15 years and have never had a problem. All 3 had the ez lube system.

I use Mobil 1 red synthetic grease.
Completely agree and have added a picture of the hub. Don't use (nor let someone else use) an automatic grease gun. Pump the 30-40 pumps slowly as you rotate the tire a 20(?) times.
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Old 09-21-2019, 08:23 AM   #19
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I just use a high temp disk brake grease even though I have drum brakes. Nothing special just stay lube I believe. No need to spend $$$ on grease. It's just grease. I don't use the easy lube on my trailer. No reason to fill the hub with that much grease. I only grease mine every 2 years. If you do a good job of filling the bearing with clean grease than 2 years is fine. How many times have you greased the bearings in your car or truck?
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I just use a high temp disk brake grease even though I have drum brakes. Nothing special just stay lube I believe. No need to spend $$$ on grease. It's just grease. I don't use the easy lube on my trailer. No reason to fill the hub with that much grease. I only grease mine every 2 years. If you do a good job of filling the bearing with clean grease than 2 years is fine. How many times have you greased the bearings in your car or truck?
At least 4x the load per wheel
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