Anyone use bearing buddies?
1/28/16 @ 3:33 PM
I have been having problems with water getting into my trailer's wheel bearings the last few years. I have replaced the seals and dust caps numerous times, but nothing has worked so far. I am now considering putting in bearing buddies this spring and looking for opinions from anyone who has used them. Anyone using them?
2/5/16 @ 10:20 PM
I looked up liquid lube hubs and they still make them. I used too have Turbo Hubs and they were great. Don't make that kind anymore. I'll ride my grease hubs for a few years cause I know they're in real good shape. I don't think twice about going back to oil bath hubs. I loved them. Bearing buddies help a little if you got em packed and inspected.
2/5/16 @ 11:22 AM
2/2/16 @ 2:35 PM
Had them, got rid of them. I went to oil bath and they work great. Still need to check the play every so often (once a yr at least), but they are what the semis use on their trailer hubs and they last. They run cooler than greased hubs and therefore the bearing will last longer as well. Mine use biodegradable oil and will absorb some water. When yhe oil gets contaminated with water, the oil will turns from red to brown. I never had that happen. My brand name is Liqa-Lube out of Lake Mills. Not sure if they are still around?
1/30/16 @ 9:24 PM
1/29/16 @ 9:35 PM
1/29/16 @ 9:09 AM
I have never tried the oil bath versions but have had bearing for years. And I agree, they do work. Even with them, I repack my bearings every 2-3 years. I have seen hubs with the zerk tapped into the middle, I sure would like to give them a try.
1/29/16 @ 8:44 AM
Went to oil bath hubs 3 yrs ago and have never looked back! Hub runs 80/90 weight gear lube and stay cooler than grease hubs by far. Plus I can service them in about 15 minutes per hub with new lubricant. Spendy to get setup but once you do you will thank yourself
1/28/16 @ 6:48 PM
1/28/16 @ 6:36 PM
Water will enter the bearing when the trailer is backed into the water with warm or hot bearings. The cooling process inside the hub causes a slight vacuum sucking the water in. If you let it sit a while allowing the bearings to cool water intrusion is typically not as bad. A Bearing Buddy pressurizes the bearing assembly, counteracting any vacuum. When greasing it only pump enough to slightly move the plate. Too much will compromise the rear seal. They do work.