EZ lube axle concern . . .
Recently replaced the axle on my utility trailer and it is equiped with the EZ lube spindles with zerks. Jusat this past week I noticed a light tilt to the tire on the passenger side, and when I pushed/pulled on the tire, it "wiggled. Obviously the outer bearing had come loose. I'm not sure how many miles had been put on in that condition.
So . . . I removed nut retainer (painted yellow), tightened the nut/bearing while spinning the tire, until the nut would not tighten any more. However . . . the tire would still spin. Is this normal? Or a sign of something bad? Can that nut retainer "loosen" with time or was it not tightened properly from the factory? And lastly . . . what, if any, damage might have been done to the bearing/spindle? It rode home just fine. Looked right and was the same temerature as the other hub.