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Old 03-04-2016, 05:18 PM   #131
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I knock mine out with a 1/1/8 impact socket on the bottom and a 1/1/16 socket as a spacer driven by a small brass hammer powered by 68 year old Armstrong guns.
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Dave another question . I have those size sockets . Then forget getting the seal puller ? Pat
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I hope Reace is reading this thread as it could make my job of trying to convince him to start using the NevRLube axles easier
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Well, the furnace has a 'lifetime lubricated' bearing. Never lube because you can't.
Works for its lifetime; not yours. Mine was replaced under warranty.
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Dave another question . I have those size sockets . Then forget getting the seal puller ? Pat
The sockets I have are deep well, impact style. The 1/1/8 is big enough that it fully covers the bearing rim so the bearing does not get hurt as long as you have it centered. The next smaller socket lines up nicely with the first one so a few taps with the hammer and the seal and rear bearing drop out on the piece of cardboard you put down first to keep grease off the floor.
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But when was the last time you had a sealed bearing go bad on a car or truck? For me it has been never. Sure there are failures but a lot less often than these types we have on our trailers
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But when was the last time you had a sealed bearing go bad on a car or truck? For me it has been never. Sure there are failures but a lot less often than these types we have on our trailers
I think I'd counter with: when's the last time you didn't drive your car or truck for six months straight out of a year? I don't know if it matters, but maybe?
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Old 03-04-2016, 06:44 PM   #137
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Still trying to get answers from Escape . Starting to get somewhere . Wish Escape had some part numbers and recommendations for our trailers . I am a manual type of person . I read instructions and keep the manuals . New products today you have to go online and you can print out manuals . Guess what because I want it in my hand , I do that . OK I am done complaining . Pat
I have one trailer that came with a paper copy of the Dexter Axle service manual, which presumably came with the axle. Lots of paper comes with the components that go into an RV; not all of it makes it to the RV buyer, and there are probably fewer manuals included with components than there used to me.

You can definitely download anything you need (product catalogs, application guides, service information, parts diagrams and lists) from Dexter Axle... but if you want it on paper you'll have to do some printing.

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I have those size sockets .
Just keep in mind that different types and brands of sockets for the same nut/bolt head size can have different outside diameters, so just use whatever fits best.
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But when was the last time you had a sealed bearing go bad on a car or truck? For me it has been never. Sure there are failures but a lot less often than these types we have on our trailers
A good point. I changed the bearings zero times and repacked them maybe twice in the 353,000 kilometres (220,000 miles) that I drove my Toyota Tercel with this style of bearings in the rear - they were only disassembled at brake shoe changes (there would have been about two of those).

I did have a bearing failure in the front of a Chev pickup, but I learned over the years that there were lots of junk parts in that thing.

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I think I'd counter with: when's the last time you didn't drive your car or truck for six months straight out of a year? I don't know if it matters, but maybe?
For a while my Tercel (see above) was parked for weeks to months at a time, as I took the bus to work. Specialty cars - such as convertibles driven only in the summer - often see this sort of service. It does matter to the bearings, but I think the fix is just to jack up the trailer (one side at a time) and spin the wheels occasionally.
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A buddy bought my '90 Corolla wagon and it made it to almost 300k miles before the frame rusted out. I'm pretty sure he never had to replace a rear wheel bearing on it or knowing him he would have complained to me about it.

The rotation of wheels during storage sounds wise
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I have one trailer that came with a paper copy of the Dexter Axle service manual, which presumably came with the axle. Lots of paper comes with the components that go into an RV; not all of it makes it to the RV buyer, and there are probably fewer manuals included with components than there used to me.

You can definitely download anything you need (product catalogs, application guides, service information, parts diagrams and lists) from Dexter Axle... but if you want it on paper you'll have to do some printing.


Just keep in mind that different types and brands of sockets for the same nut/bolt head size can have different outside diameters, so just use whatever fits best.
Thanks for the link Brian . Will see what I can print out . Pat
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