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    Nov 2004

    Default Buddy bearings

    Can someone tell ne how to check the grease level of buddy bearing, , and also how to add grease and what type. Have had trailor 1 year and have had no problem with the bearings. Just want to provide sound maintenance.Thanks all

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    Jun 2001

    Default Re: Buddy bearings

    Check the grease level by wiping that hub area with a rag and visually check the spring around the inside of that cupped area where the grease fitting is.The spring should not be compressed all the way. Add just a pump of grease slowly and watch as the disk comes outward and starts to compress that spring. Stop before the spring gets completely compressed. You can usually put two fingers on the disk and gently rock it a bit.What it does is keep an ever so slight pressure in side of itself.Of course you are not supposed to mix greases so if you really wanted to do it right you'd want to totally disassemble degrease inspect and reassemble with you grease of choice. Usually being boat trailer grease which can be white or blue, but not usually black. Usually you would be OK with just a pump or two of boat trailer grease.If they are working properly they won't require any grease at all. After wiping out the cup and looking at the spring, try rocking the disk if it still rocks and feels like it's pushing against grease it may need no grease.Jack up the wheel first and give it a spin. The bearings should be smooth and quiet. Any rumble or grinding (other that the brakes making noise)should be suspect and would need further inspection. While up on the jack grab the wheel with hand at 9 and 3, or 12 and 6 o'clock and wiggle anything more than about a 1/4" should be suspect also.Look around the back of the wheel where it connects to the axle shaft if visible and look for excess grease that has gotten past the seal. If real gooey that would be suspect also.

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    Default Re: Buddy bearings

    yepblaze,Thank you very much for the response. You were extremly helpful.

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