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14 FF and wheel bearings

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by ftn96, Aug 30, 2001.

  1. ftn96

    ftn96 1/2 ton status

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    The Haynes manual says to pack the bearings with grease. I thought the gear lube made its way out to the wheel bearings. If this is correct then why would you need to pack the bearings?

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    i have never packed mine with grease.
    i could guess that it is to lube the bearings until the gear oil gets there. if you are concerned with that lift one side at a time to allow the oil to flow into the tubes while filling the dif
     
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    I lightly coat mine with grease, but I don't pack em. No need to pack em. Not sure why Haynes tells you to, but you're right, it's not neccessary. Make sure you put some grease on the seals though.
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    If you are running off camber all of the oil is on the low side and none on the high side. If the oil is low and you are on the level none may be getting to the bearings. Grease is cheap, why not a little insurance? Maybe even marine grease to help keep the water out?

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    Well, I went ahead adn backed them lightly. So I dont see that it would hurt. Just thought I'd ask. The only thing I can think of would be that maybe the grease may prevent the oil from getting to the bearings. But if it has grease then it wont need the oil. So I guess we'll see after a few hundred miles A? LOL!![​IMG]

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    I like your way of thinking.[​IMG] I think my 14FF will be getting some greased bearings during the rebuild. Thanks.

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