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Old 08-24-2018, 05:30 PM   #1
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Default Check your bearings, and replace with good ones?

I get my bearings checked every year -- we tow 10,000 miles a year. This time, my mechanic told me that the bearings were shot -- no idea why. Maybe just normal wear and tear after 70,000 miles?

Anyway, after getting new bearings, I have since learned that all bearings are not created equal. If I had known that there are US made bearings (and not Chinese), I could have asked my mechanic to find the higher quality replacements.

Lesson learned. In the meantime, I will have them inspected every year, as always, and will probably replace them in five years (after another 50,000 miles).
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Yes, I have always used TIMKEN bearings when a replacement is needed.
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Old 09-02-2018, 02:08 PM   #3
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Thanks for this. Ill need new ones next year! I think its just metal fatigue. I was told to have mine repacked with grease every year ; Same for my horse trailer
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I repack annually. But in February we plan to drive cross country to AZ. Since this is a fairly new to us TT, and the owner was deceased, no maintenence history, I think I’ll have a complete bearing job done, and specify Timken brand.
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These are numbers I found for the inner and outer Timken bearing sets (bearing and race/cup) for the Dexter EZ lube 3,500 # Axel

A17 Timken Bearing Set L68149 L68111
A4 Timken Bearing Set L44610 L44649

and the double lip grease seal:
10-19 Redneck Trailer Douple Lip Grease Seal E-Z Lube 3,500 LB

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Don't forget quality grease. As I sat on the side of I90 in the South Dakota Badlands with a wheel fire, I regretted not using a better grade of grease. I had them serviced before we left Alabama and were about 7,500 miles into the trip. Turns out both front hubs had worn the bearings completely out...the rear were ok. I replaced the fronts in a parking lot and regreased the rear with what I now realize was substandard grease. By the time I got home, all 4 wheels were shot and needed replacement. Now using Lucas Hi-temp Red exclusively...hard lesson learned.
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Lucas Hi Temp Red is good grease and so is Mobile 1 synthetic grease.

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