wheel bearings

Discussion in 'Talkback' started by johnnyP, Sep 15, 2002.

  1. johnnyP

    johnnyP New Member

    I have a 21ft travel trailer and 3 of the 4 wheels/bearing caps run just warm to the touch (about 100 F)(highway driving, little brake use). However, one wheel/bearing cap gets hot to the touch (about 135 F). (The brakes are running free and the wheel bearing does have some play).

    Hot hot is "too hot"?

    Thanks,

    JohnnyP
     
  2. thumbs

    thumbs New Member

    wheel bearings

    Of course the question is when did you repack the bearings last. If it were me I would take em all out clean and repace each. They should just run warm if properly lubed. I don't know about travel trailers but I would put in bearing buddies next time and lube em once or twice a season just by usin a grease gun loaded with wheel bearing grease. I have em on a boat trailer I have had for over twenty years and never had a problem with bearings, even goin in and out of water. Now when I submerge the bearings I grease em first to keep the water out. Oh remember to use the buddy bra's to keep the grease off the outside of your wheels.

    Gary

    Souderton, Pa
     
  3. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    wheel bearings

    If you have already packed and inspected the bearings you may have to much greese in the hub. To much greese is as bad as not enough, well nearly. To much greese keeps the heat in the hub. Years ago we would pack the hub and dust cap full but, we did not have the interstate roads and seldom drove over 45 or 50.

    Chelse L. Nash
    fulltimer03@yahoo.com
     
  4. johnnyP

    johnnyP New Member

    wheel bearings

    Thanks for the help, guys. Discovered what the problem was (the brake shoe was rubbing the drum). All OK now. :)
     
  5. C Nash

    C Nash Senior Member

    wheel bearings

    Thanks for the up date Johnny. Can't believe that I forgot the obvious, a draging brake :blush:
     

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