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Can I use Hi-temp lube to pack bearings on front hub?

Discussion in '1973-1991 K5 Blazer | Truck | Suburban' started by Chrome Moly, Mar 19, 2001.

  1. Chrome Moly

    Chrome Moly Registered Member

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    I'm doing a brake job and was wondering if I can use hi-temp grease to repack my bearings?
    The grease in the hub looks to be a more lightweight darker grease.
    88 350 4-speed 1/2 ton

    P.S It was an experience taking apart the rotor-hub assembly for the first time on a 4wd.
     
  2. muddin4fun

    muddin4fun 3/4 ton status

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    You just need to use wheel bearing grease. The grease turns black. It starts out clear (actually a yellow color). Get a wheel bearing packer (about $15-the partsman will know what you're talking about). I used to pack them by hand, but ever since I used one on those I won't go back. It will squeeze old grease out of places that wouldn't come out if you were doing it by hand.

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  3. Chrome Moly

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    Thanks

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  4. Shawn

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    Not sure about others but Grim and myself use marine wheel bearing grease. If you happen to get water in your hubs, it won't affect the bearings unlike regular grease. Just just gives you more time to get home and re-pack the bearings later. The marine grease is safe for high heat disk brake use. I get mine at a boat shop.

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  5. muddin4fun

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    How much is that stuff?

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    Yep me too! I use the blue boat trailer grease! Have been sence 93 and the only time I have ever had a problem is when I overtightend the nut and turned EVERYTHING inside the hub to multin LAVA!! Man that was fun blow torching the hub off the spindle[​IMG]!!! hehehe, I can now do wheelbearings in my sleep...hey practice makes perfect[​IMG]

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  7. Shawn

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    It's not too bad. I think 5 bucks for a large can of it. They also sell it in the tube for the same price. It's blueish-green and it won't wash off your hands that easy.

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    well, I hope nobody expects to work on a K5 without gitten a lil' dirty! ha ha!! Cool! I'm gonna try the stuff. How is it against muddy water? I guess I'll still need to clean them out if I get in something like that.

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  9. Triaged

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    I just redid my wheel bearings and hubs w/ the marine grease. Shawn is right about the stuff being hard to wash off your hands. Also you need to remove all traces of the old grease before using the marine stuff (what it said on side of can).

    '71 Blazer CST with alot of rust
     
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    I've learned that a good dallop of clean grease will get the nastiest stuff off my hands after working on the blazer(oil, dirt,old grease) and it cleans up pretty well a rag and soapy water. Just a heads up for you!!

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    I use high temp water proof grease in all my rolling stock. Trucks cars boat trailers ect. ect. I the kind I use is "Red grease" i think it is made by Lubriplate. Its Red in color and very sticky. It holds up very well in harsh wet conditions.
     

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