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post #1 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 07:51 PM
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trailer bearings

so dad and i didn't have to work on the jeep this weekend...we actually found another project...his old boat trailer. He and i put the new bearings on, but there is still some end play in the assembly, before putting on the bearing buddy. What do you guys think about seems like that nut won't go on anymore. Can there be any play in those trailer bearings? Thanks in advance for the info.
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Re: trailer bearings

How much play are you talking. Loose is better then too tight. Setting trailer bearings is no different then setting front wheel bearings.
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post #3 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 08:40 PM
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Re: trailer bearings

well...a little play, but definitely not too loose...they will have a little bit then huh?

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post #4 of (permalink) Old 04-08-2002, 08:59 PM
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Re: trailer bearings

did you compare the new bearings with the old and did you take the old bearings to your local auto parts store and say I want new ones of these....there is only about 1000000 different bearings and races out there....and when your playing with bearings close ISN"T close enough....when the wheel is on and you grab the top and bottom and move it and it goes clunk thats dosen't cut it
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Re: trailer bearings

I seems there's a difference between old and new bearings. If you still have the old bearings, clean 'em up with a little gas and a rag. You should see a number on the bearing race or race shield. Take the bearing to a local bearing house. You should be able to have them cross the bearing to a quality Timkin bearing for less money than you likely paid for the replacement bearings. As example, a week ago I replaced my 91 Caravan's front wheel bearing packs:

NAPA wanted $100 each.wheel
Autozone wanted $159 each wheel.
Brown's Bearings wanted $60 each wheel

NAPA and Autozones bearing packs were made in China (by slave labor).
Browns were made in the Good ol' USofA.

Guess which ones I bought?
Guess which ones fit like a glove?

Yep... buiy American!
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post #6 of (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 08:09 AM
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Amen, Leve! BUY AMERICAN, an AMERICAN'S work!

There shouldnt be ANY play in the bearings. check the threads on the inner hub, make sure they are distorted.

post #7 of (permalink) Old 04-09-2002, 10:20 AM
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Re: trailer bearings

I am sorry guys.. i was off a little bit last night...trying to get work done and get help with dad's trailer...maybe this makes more sense. Thanks, I think the bearings are fine. I'm concerned with the whole hub moving in and out after the castle nut is tightened. I still have a little end play.
Does that make any sense to you?

thanks guys...sorry i was a little out of it last night

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Re: trailer bearings

You're not by chance missing the washer that goes between the nut and bearing are you? The nut should tighten down onto the bearing providing a little load on it and removing the end play.
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