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Old 10-29-2018, 09:01 AM   #21
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I don't think we disagree on that much. The points you raise about the raised tires, warm grease, turning slowly and pumping slowly I agree with and because that's the way I do it, its probably why it's worked for me. On a topic like this it would be nice to have reps from Dexter monitoring the site to provide comments. Despite their expected bias they could at least reinforce the procedural comments that we've talked about and any other precautions that they have come up with based on their experiences with failures.....
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:08 AM   #22
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My position.
Those who have used the EZ Lube system successfully and never had a problem with grease on their brakes have every good reason to continue to do so.
Those who have used the EZ Lube system and did get grease on their brakes have every reason to never use them again.
And those who have never used the EZ lube system and yet recommend against them have no reason at all to tell others not to use them.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:18 AM   #23
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Back to ORIGINAL post. It’s a used unit. He’s had it this season. He has no idea what did it did not get done nor how it was done prior to him owning it

The smartest thing he could so is pull the drums off and clean lube etc. and see the brakes.

If not able to do himself take to a place that can and specify exactly how he wants it done

He has an “unknown condition” and I would have to rectify that issues immediately before I towed it further.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:28 AM   #24
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I love this site even if I don’t always agree. I like and use the ez-lube system and it works fine. Given that, for the OP, I agree this would be a good time to have the brakes and brgs checked by a certified tech.
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Old 10-29-2018, 09:30 AM   #25
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Bill ... I've never used the EZ Lube because I've worked on more than enough greased up brake drums to not want to risk hooking up a grease gun to the zerk on the end of the axle. I think that qualifies for a recommendation.

Graham ... the EZ Lube God has smiled favorably on you and some others. We all will be biased our experiences.



My last point is ... apparently Dexter doesn't have 100% faith in their own invention as their EZ Lube wheel hub bearings come machine packed and the hub cavity is not full of grease ready for "correct" use straight from the factory. Dexter relies on the dealers service center or the individual owner to "roll the dice". That says it all for me.
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Old 10-29-2018, 12:12 PM   #26
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Bill ... I've never used the EZ Lube because I've worked on more than enough greased up brake drums to not want to risk hooking up a grease gun to the zerk on the end of the axle. I think that qualifies for a recommendation.
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And to me that says it all. You have obviously seen the result of EZ Lube gone bad. But you have no idea of how that person actually used it himself. I know some have mentioned using a pneumatic grease gun which would be an absolute no-no in my opinion. Likewise getting in a hurry and pump a hand pump fast to get done faster.

That is why I always include in my posts about EZ Lube to "fully understand the system and then decide for yourself."
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:03 PM   #27
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I stated in a previous post on this tread that my 2011 3455sa has disc brakes. With that being said again, I can clearly see the back sides of the seals. I assume the seals for disc/drum are the same or similar. At least once a year (usually in the spring) I pump 30-40 pumps in each wheel. I have yet to see it ooze out the front bearing. Nor have I yet to see any grease get by the seals. Just sayin
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:24 PM   #28
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I stated in a previous post on this tread that my 2011 3455sa has disc brakes. With that being said again, I can clearly see the back sides of the seals. I assume the seals for disc/drum are the same or similar. At least once a year (usually in the spring) I pump 30-40 pumps in each wheel. I have yet to see it ooze out the front bearing. Nor have I yet to see any grease get by the seals. Just sayin
So, essentially, you have never applied new grease to the outer bearings. These need new grease just as much as the inner bearings. If you are using the zerks, you should at least pump grease the first time to get grease coming past the outer bearings.
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Old 10-29-2018, 04:38 PM   #29
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I agree but have been reluctant to do so in fear of blowing it past the seals. Another reason I have not done so is I had the dealer repack them when I bought it, and watched them as they were doing it. We only tow, maybe 3-4k a year. If we were towing, say 20k a year I would be much more worried about it.
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Old 10-29-2018, 07:04 PM   #30
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If you look at the cross sectional diagram of the hub you can see that the grease goes first from the zerk to a small area behind the inner bearing before passing thru that bearing into the hub cavity and eventually out thru the outer bearing. So 30-40 pumps would far exceed that small volume meaning your grease did pass thru the bearing into the hub and not out past the seal. You were probably not far from seeing grease come out the front.
Grease passing thru the small openings in that bearing is why care must be taken to not overpressurize that area and push grease past the seal.
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Old 10-30-2018, 03:32 PM   #31
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A Dexter Axle company video ... nice and concise on how to remove bearings and inner seal and clean lube and install new inner seal....

Interesting they don’t use the zerk fitting on this EZ lube axle spindle but instead hand pack bearings.
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Old 10-30-2018, 04:52 PM   #32
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I’ve used the EZ lube and so far so good, I did pull the hubs to double check because of the stated few issues. I feel confident at this point to continue using the EZ lube system. Will be lubing before out trip to Ca in December.
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Old 10-31-2018, 12:37 PM   #33
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My position.
Those who have used the EZ Lube system successfully and never had a problem with grease on their brakes have every good reason to continue to do so.
Those who have used the EZ Lube system and did get grease on their brakes have every reason to never use them again.
And those who have never used the EZ lube system and yet recommend against them have no reason at all to tell others not to use them.
Bwaaaaahahahahahaha! Well said!
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Old 11-17-2018, 03:59 PM   #34
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I serviced my wheel bearing last weekend using the EZ Lube was a successful, took it easy pumping the grease. It took 2-1/2 tubes of grease and about an hour + to finish.
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