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B Model Steer Axle Bearings

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When repacking the bearings I noticed the hub area between the inner and outer bearings was full of grease and also the screw on outer cap. It seemed like an excess of grease but the O & M manual says to pack them that way. I don't know if that is because of the quality of grease back then or if that is still the preferred way to do it. What do y'all think?

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Pack bearing, wheel and cover as original,,  as per manual you will not be sorry..

how old is the truck ?

have there been any wheel problems ?

get the Idea that I have ?

if it works why change it now..

 

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I had the same question when I did the brakes on mine My service manual says the same thing. Most said to just pack the bearings. Viadislav seemed to have the best answer. " the axle factory specialist said with the modern grease it was not necessary to fill the hubs". I guess the extra grease would help if you had a bearing running hot.   

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Even with the modern greases I still do what the manual says, just on GP. Why change what works?    Paul

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2 hours ago, cpgeneration said:

Pack bearing, wheel and cover as original,,  as per manual you will not be sorry..

how old is the truck ?

have there been any wheel problems ?

get the Idea that I have ?

if it works why change it now..

 

It's a '60. No problems with the wheels, it sat for a number of years and I was getting ready for the show season (Macungie).  As usual I did the job and then checked the manual. It won't be a big deal to go back and do it as described.  I'll have to buy some more grease to fill those large cavities.

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I might be an old guy but !! I don't think that on that nice B model I would chance it..

where do you get spindles for that truck ??

I am currently working on a R model that was ready to go ( next joke please ) it is like pulling teeth getting parts for that.

I would not want to think of finding new parts for a B......

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When I did mine some 15 yrs ago, I just packed the bearings well, then put a glob in the middle just for good measure(I do the same for my pickups/cars).  50K miles later, I've had them apart a few times through the years they are still good shape.  I run the truck 65-70 mph without worry.

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