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14bFF wheeling bearing ?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by k2-k5, Jul 9, 2004.

  1. k2-k5

    k2-k5 1/2 ton status

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    Does anyone pack the wheel bearings with grease before installing the hbus? They get lube from the dif but starting out they would be dry.
     
  2. jjlaughner

    jjlaughner 3/4 ton status

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    maybe like lifters you soak them in dif fluid for a 15minutes and install. /forums/images/graemlins/dunno.gif I wouldn't pack the bearings with grease it will get into the diff fluid.
     
  3. m j

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    some people do it, but they shouldnt
    they should not be 'dry at first' if you have filled your dif back up
     
  4. POWERMAD

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    Don't pack the bearings with grease.. time consuming and unnessesary.
    Ya see that QT bottle of gear lube?...
    Squirt a bead of lube over the cones it will flow down.
    Install inner bearing and seal.
    Install hub and outer bearing.
    Adjust bearings to specs.
    Install axle shaft.
    With wheels on the ground check lube level and add if nessesary.
    To prelube the hub raise one wheel a few inches and let it sit for a minute.
    Recheck leval and repeat for other side.
    Recheck level and drive on.
    Hubs are now without a doubt filled and ya don't have to worry about a burned up hub.
    Several thousand hubs and I have never had a comeback.
    But for me a comeback usualy entails the duals from a semi departing at hwy speeds with an axle shaft attached to it.
    Even with all that "extra" work I always make excellant time on bearing jobs.
    I used to fill the hub before installing the outer bearing, but by the time you get the bearing on and adjusted and the shaft installed there is one big freakin mess, even if ya have catch pans on the hubs.
    rotate the tire, bump it, big 90wt mess.
    Mix brake dust in the 90wt mess. Now yer breakin out a scraper to get it up.
    For me part of the job is clean up..... /forums/images/graemlins/thinking.gif
    Hmm 45 min to clean mess or 15 min raising wheels and waitin with a cup of coffeee and a smoke. /forums/images/graemlins/screwy.gif
     
  5. m j

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    quit smoking
     

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