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Old 08-18-2016, 02:40 PM   #271
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My recollection is that when rotating tires on the car, you just move the front to the back on the same side.
There have been a couple of recent discussions of rotating tire placement. Without rehashing them, but to address one specific point...

The only reason that many cars follow a tire rotation pattern which keeps a given tire on the same side of the vehicle is that they have tires with a directional tread pattern. The "vee" pattern is obvious in the tread, and the sidewall has an arrow marking which indicates the correct direction of rotation. "Trailer tires" (ST tires such as the Carlisles used by Escape) do not have a directional tread pattern, so this doesn't apply.
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Old 11-28-2016, 05:56 PM   #272
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I repacked the bearings on my 21 last week for the first time, 18 months and 8700 miles after picking up the trailer at Chilliwack. I did not use the EZ lube feature and the Dexter 010-019-00 grease seals were all in good shape. Three of the eight bearings showed light scoring on the cups and rollers. By light I mean the scoring is clearly visible to the eye but difficult to feel with a fingernail. I haven't figured out what caused the scoring. Maybe some grit found its way into the grease used at the Dexter factory or perhaps there were some metal shavings in the hubs. Or I suppose it is possible that there were defects in the Chinese bearings Dexter uses.

Perhaps light scoring doesn't hurt anything but I played it safe and replaced the scored bearings with new cups and bearings I had on hand. The new ones looked good, but were also made in China. I now have some Timken bearings on order from Amazon and hope to have "made in USA" bearings on hand next time I repack the bearings.

A search for "Brake Backing Plate Plugs" on Amazon will turn up several brands of the rubber plugs for the brake adjustment slots.
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Old 11-28-2016, 08:22 PM   #273
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Maybe it's just me but I replace the seals each time I pack the bearings. Also important is a tight fit on the metal hub cap. I do one wheel at a time and do not mix the bearings up from the races they have been married to. Everything gets fully degreased so errant sand grit or machine shavings are not a factor. I'm picky on bearings but have not had problems with offshore components.
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Old 04-22-2017, 09:35 PM   #274
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Loose Spindle Nut

Adjusted brakes today that were grabbing some a few days ago. Used my Trailer Aid, which is also very useful in some side- to - side leveling. Anyway when going to the 3rd wheel on the driver's side the wheel was moving considerably in & out! First thought was the lugs were loose, but turned out to be a loose spindle nut. Pulled the hub off and the inner bearing was able to be rocked some so got concerned it might be bad. Pulled the wheel next to it to compare and it was same.

A week before we left I had the wheel bearings re-packed by a reputable shop I've used before. This time they were busy and did the job at 4 PM (had it there by 8 AM) so I would not have to leave overnight. Feel lucky I caught this. Susan had said a day earlier that a tire wasn't moving when levelling up but I ignored her. No more.

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Old 04-22-2017, 09:52 PM   #275
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It's a fortuitous thing that you detected the loose nut. A "hot box" out on the road is no fun for sure. I installed new bearings last week. I was able to get Made in USA Timkens for about $ 13 a pair. 8 and 5 and a couple bucks for Dexter Seals.
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Old 04-22-2017, 10:17 PM   #276
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Looking back that's what I should have done Dave, although that had nothing to do with this situation.Thanks for the Timken reminder. Will do a complete replacement next service. Some would argue overkill, however they are a lot less than a new axel.
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:00 AM   #277
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I see there are a couple bearing specialty shops in Springfield Ma. Do you bring an old set it to have them matched or do they go by an axle number or some such?
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Old 04-23-2017, 06:59 AM   #278
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All of the above

On the side of the bearing is a universal part number. Once wiped down it is ususally visible. So you can take the bearing with you and they will read it
And match it. Or, they look in the book or on the computer to match up the bearing with the spindle if they know the axle make and model or weight.
Same is true with the seals.
If your bearings are still serviceable, you can clean them up and put them in the boxes the new ones came in and have a couple emergency spares. Then if you had a problem on the road you could fix it or get it fixed if you could not find a shop open.
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Old 04-23-2017, 07:51 AM   #279
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Here's a couple of pictures. I walked down to our shop to take them. Normally I would like you to think this was a monumental effort . However with crisp dry air. A
clear blue sky, birds singing everywhere and the scent of blooming apple trees heavy on the still air, the pleasure was all mine.
The bearings are L68149 and L 44649 on our 2010 19 ft Escape. The 68's are inner the 44649 is the smaller outer. Don't forget New seals.
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Old 04-23-2017, 09:13 AM   #280
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Dave how many beers are you going to charge me for each wheel when I bring mine down?
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