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Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Nobleboro, Maine
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Re: Dana 44 rear wheel bearings
Do a search on this, I posted to a like subject awhile ago.
I don't remember the years, but some D44's had the greased bearings and some had the oiled bearings. The greased bearings cannot be converted to using oil only, they're not designed for it and will burn up. I have heard of people installing a grease fitting on the outside of the axle tube, and lubing it every few months. The problem here is you can over-lubricate the bearings and burn them up. I'd recommend putting the grease fitting on, but still tearing it down once a year, or every 2 years to lube them up right. I have the oil style bearings in my Scout II D44 rear, and it's got 235,000 miles on it without any problems, well one side does, the other side has maybe 80,000 miles on it.
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