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Old 04-10-2012, 09:42 PM   #1
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Wheel Bearing Service Interval

Here's a question on how often should the wheel bearings be service. The recommendation is every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Cars can go tens of thousands of miles and never have the wheel bearings serviced. So what is the difference between car bearings and trailer bearings? Why does one need periodic service and the other hardly, if ever, needs service?
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Old 04-10-2012, 10:17 PM   #2
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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

It's mostly peace of mind, knowing that all is good for the next trip.I do my own service and it 's not a big job if you take your time. The thing is you get a chance check seals and brake condition and repack the bearings with fresh grease. Good seals are very important if they fail then water will get in and contaminate the grease then all hell will break loose usually in the middle of no where in a down pour.In all my other trailers I always kept a spare bearing and seal set just in case. But care must be used when tightening the spindle nut to tight and the bearings over heat and will fail. To loose and the wheel will wobble and wear out the brakes and seal. trailer spindles are Timken cup and cone type bearings were as the modern car uses single row deep groove type bearings factory lubricated and sealed no maintenance is required until they fail. I might think 24 months or 12,000k would be OK.
A quick test is to jack up the trailer and spin the wheel if you hear growling or rubbing AND if you grab the wheel and it moves up and down or side to side excessively then you will want to get it serviced right away.
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:33 AM   #3
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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

Hi: Laura & Rick... Just had ours done for "Our Escape Hatch's" Spring tune up. My RV Tech. also inspects the brake shoes. This year I had new tires and a set of chrome rims W/ brass stems added. $35. for the repack... $75. per rim. and $75 per new 205/15 ST (5011) Radial Goodyear Marathons. Can't beat his prices or his work and we look forward to more flat free towing.
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Old 04-11-2012, 12:14 PM   #4
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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

Devil Dog, thanks for the explanation on the differences between trailer and car bearings and spindles. I imagine that it a cost item that trailer axle manufactures use Timken cup and cone bearings rather then what is used on cars.

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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

No trouble Rick, My trailer is only 6 weeks old so I won't have the wheels off till next spring.
But I still would like to get the bearing and seal numbers so I can put a spare set in the Trailer just in case. If any one has this Info Please let me know. Or I may give Escape a call maybe they will know.?
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Old 04-11-2012, 07:58 PM   #6
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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

A post from last year:

The bearings are; (Inner) L68149 or 129200, (Outer) L44649 or 129000
The seals are; 58846 or 158800 depending on where you are ordering them from.

The axle is a #10 Torflex made by Dexter.
This axle is used on the 15', 17', 19' and 5.0
The brake shoes are; 10 x 2-1/4

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Old 04-11-2012, 09:28 PM   #7
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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

Hi Baglo, Thanks for the numbers. I'll check at Lordco and if they have them in stock.
I will also check the torflex web site and see what they got.
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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

I've been told every two years or 20,000 K for repacking the wheel bearings. I had them done last year and my mechanic told me I could have waited, from the condition of the bearings. Of course, once you have it all apart, it's too late.

If you are really anxious to do wheel bearings, you can come over and do mine next year.

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I checked out this web page. http://www.easternmarine.com/ They got it all, but it's eastern USA. Good for price comparisons.I'll try and stay with the local dealers.

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Re: Wheel Bearing Service Interval

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Here's a question on how often should the wheel bearings be service. The recommendation is every 12 months or 12,000 miles. Cars can go tens of thousands of miles and never have the wheel bearings serviced. So what is the difference between car bearings and trailer bearings? Why does one need periodic service and the other hardly, if ever, needs service?
Rick most cars have sealed bearings and your trailer does not. You don't have to service the trailer bearings ever just keep running it and then someday while on the road you may have a seize up and then it will really cost you. I do my trailers yearly.
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