Trailer Wheel Bearings

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Old 05-31-04, 05:13 PM
LannyV
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Trailer Wheel Bearings

I just replace the wheel bearings and race ways on my trailer. I have not been able to find the proper torque to tighten the nut. I know on some autos you tighten to foot pounds specified and then back off a little. The axle is tapered, 1-3/8" inner 1-1/16" outer in case size make a difference. Thanks.

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Old 05-31-04, 05:54 PM
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Lanny,

What works for me is to first pack the bearings with grease.
Then assemble the wheel and while spinning the wheel by hand tighten the bearing nut untill you feel a moderate amount of resistance.
Then back off the nut untill the wheel just begins to spin free.
Smear a bit of grease into the end cap, make sure there is no side play and close it up.

You should check for play after a driving a few miles.


Opps! DON'T FORGET THE COTTER PIN.
 

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Old 06-01-04, 10:51 AM
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Like GregH here. After its snug back off the castle nut one hole for the cotter pin. Also if this is for a boat Id use a Bearing Life or a Buddy wheel bearing protectors they will help keep out the water in the wheels there.



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