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carpG1

Joined: 06/04/2003
Posts: 79
 posted 11/16/2013 09:37 AM  

when it it time to change wheel bearings on a boat trailer? I have alittle play on one side of the wheel about 1/8 inch the other side is tight. and can you do it yourself. this is on a shoreline trailer
 
DieselTech


Joined: 09/07/2012
Posts: 21
Location: Freeport
 posted 11/16/2013 12:36 PM  

Usually I do it every few years anyway dunking them in saltwater, but if you have play you should change them.

It is fairly simple to do any marine store should have trailer bearings just bring your old ones for size.

Make sure to grease the spindle, pack the bearings and get bearing buddies for each wheel there worth it using the trailer in salt water


I think it's a MAKO
 
carpG1

Joined: 06/04/2003
Posts: 79
 posted 11/16/2013 07:24 PM  

Thanks. Do you need to press the bearing in place or just set them in ?
 
DieselTech


Joined: 09/07/2012
Posts: 21
Location: Freeport
 posted 11/16/2013 08:31 PM  

Usually just place them in the hub, slide it on the spindle, and the retaining nut is the press, so to speak, and if you go with bearing buddies just use a block of wood and tap them in evenly with a hammer


I think it's a MAKO
 
lu3206

Joined: 01/19/2007
Posts: 49
 posted 11/17/2013 08:47 AM  

bearings

E trailer has great videos that walk you thru the whole prosses,good prices too
 
Mungo

Joined: 01/03/2006
Posts: 248
Location: Staven
 posted 11/17/2013 09:05 AM  

I would presume you are going to do both the inner and outer wheel bearings , correct? After cleaning out your hub ,packing inner and outer bearings properly , reinstalling bearing races , make sure that you properly install the new wheel seal on the back of the hub . If you screw the pooch putting the seal on then everything you did is for nothing ,as a improperly installed seal will let grease out and contaminates in . Its not a big deal if you take your time .
Another consideration is just to replace the whole hub as a unit .


If it dont pump blood or oil  I aint playing!
 
carpG1

Joined: 06/04/2003
Posts: 79
 posted 11/17/2013 03:07 PM  

Mungo thanks that is what i was looking for. I am guessing but when you buy the bearing kits the inner and outer bearing and the seal are all there. also just tap the seals in place.
 
MACKS


Joined: 08/09/2004
Posts: 2182
 posted 11/17/2013 04:10 PM  

Sometimes the inner part of the bearing will seize to the spindle, it's a pain to get off, always use eye protection and cover it with a rag if you hit it with a hammer or chisel same thing goes for knocking the races out of the hub,be very careful, super hardened steel and splinters will fly off it.
 
5Seas


Joined: 11/05/2005
Posts: 32
 posted 11/27/2013 06:19 PM  

wheel bearings

The easiest; not the cheapest, is to replace the hub. Then take the old hub and change the bearings. If you do it right, you have a spare. If you screw it up,your still ready to go.


100T
Master
 
carpG1

Joined: 06/04/2003
Posts: 79
 posted 11/27/2013 09:13 PM  

Thanks, Done, Its was easy because of the info.
 
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