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post #1 of 12 (permalink) Old 03-06-2011, 02:36 PM Thread Starter
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Trailer bearings

Hello all,

I was just wondering how often you change out your wheel bearings?

I put a new set on when I got the trailer(12 years ago), once a year, I pull the wheels,inspect, and grease. The general rule of thumb on another site says change them every year, but nobody can answer me why. I maybe put 200-300 miles on it a year, and don't see a point in changing them.

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Re: Trailer bearings

I only put about 50 miles a year on my boat trailer, hopefully once in in April and once out in December and I still change my bearings out every 3rd year.
My trailer is a tri-axle but I also have buddy bearings and grease them every time the trailer is moved.
The amount of miles isn't what hurts them, its the saltwater and the sitting around that does the damage. Even using OEM bearings and greasing when I change them out I notice pitting and rust on the races. I would rather spend what breaks down to $50.00 a season and 2 hours of my time in the comfort of my driveway changing bearings then changing them along the parkway or waiting for a tow. Another thing that will make you feel changing bearings is a cheap deal, check out the price on replacing a spindle.

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Re: Trailer bearings

I would change mine every two or three years and I used bearing buddies and kept them full of grease. If you get your wheels in salt water, especially when the wheels are hot, it draws in water as the water cools the bearings so changing them before you know you have a problem is cheap insurance.



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Re: Trailer bearings

Thanks for the advice guys, my boat's never seen salt water,lol, but I think I'll start changing them at 4 years max.

Does anybody know if you can get bearing buddies for the old(late 50's) spindle style hubs?

I have a 12' jon, but was given a trailer 12 years ago with a 17' fiberglass tub with the 57' chevy fins. I scrapped the boat, and re-fabed the trailer to snugly hold 1/3 the weight it was designed for, with a nice long tounge to boot.

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Re: Trailer bearings

Here is their website, call them and ask them.

http://www.bearingbuddy.com/



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Re: Trailer bearings

I can't speak to a trailer that old. But I have had 3 different boats over the last 20 years. I only perform routine maintenace on my trailer bearings and have never had an issue. Last year I put approx 4000 miles on a trailer 20 years old and have not had an issue. Maybe I'm due for major failure but I think it would have already happened. Re pack every few years and keep the buddies full and you should be good.
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I keep mine greased up and have bearing buddies. I change them every two years just to be on the safe side. We usually make two trips a year to Quebec and the last 70 miles of road we go in on is dirt and every year the Beaver have a couple of spots that are like small lakes to go thru.

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Re: Trailer bearings

How do you get the bearing buddies out? If I remember correctly I has to tap them in with a hammer and a board

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walk them out. With your hammer, gently hit upwards at the 6 o'clock position, then hit downwards at the 12 o'clock position. Alternate up from the bottom and down from the top. It will walk itself out nicely. Don't hit them hard enough to dent; a wood block can cushion the blows.
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