Join Date: Jan 2004
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Re: Preventative Maintenance Neglected, D30
Ya know... it's the time that's taking it's toll.
New wheel bearings, the hub bearings & wear parts all come to a bit less than $100.
I have spent hours and hours cleaning out mud/rust/crud. Just getting those silly needle bearings out of the hubs was some fun, and likely a 45 minute job. A bit over an hour scraping out and plunging through the axle tubes alone. Near endless scraping and wire brush time.
Still haven't put it back together... But as of tonight all of the parts are cleaned up, repacked with grease and ready to reassemble. The floor under the darn thing is even clean, there's always tomorrow.
As for unit bearings... I will always hate them because of my work truck (Blazer).