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Old 09-01-2016, 10:35 AM   #1
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Greasing bearings

How do you grease the bearings on a X23B? What type of grease? Thank you!
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Old 09-01-2016, 10:59 AM   #2
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There are plenty of threads here on the subject. Just use the search function.


Basically you can:
- Pay the dealer to do it
- Pump grease into the EZ-Lube fitting until the brakes fail
- Ignore them until a wheel passes you on the highway
- Take each spindle apart, clean everything replace the inner seals pack everything with fresh wheel bearing grease and tighten the nut for perfect preload.


Your choice!
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There are plenty of threads here on the subject. Just use the search function.


Basically you can:
- Pay the dealer to do it
- Pump grease into the EZ-Lube fitting until the brakes fail
- Ignore them until a wheel passes you on the highway
- Take each spindle apart, clean everything replace the inner seals pack everything with fresh wheel bearing grease and tighten the nut for perfect preload.


Your choice!
Or drop the outer bearing in the dirt as you pull the hub off. Clean it off with a dirty shop towel and crank the nut back down until the wheel barely turns and call it good.

But seriously, there are quite a few "How Too" threads on the site. It is not complicated but if you are not mechanically inclined it is something best left to someone who is. There is a lot that can go wrong if not done correctly...
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Old 09-01-2016, 11:23 AM   #4
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Get yourself a cheap grease gun from Harbor Freight, lowes, Home Depot...where ever and a tube of bearing grease (Valvoline, Timken, Pennzoil, etc.) and slowly pump the grease into the fitting until you can just start to see it creep through the seal. Turn the wheel a couple times to distribute and set the seal.
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Just don't blow out the seal with grease. Some people try to jam pack the hub with grease and blow out the seal. Todays premium bearing greases, some even synthetic, are a lot better than they used to be.
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X2 - "- Take each spindle apart, clean everything replace the inner seals pack everything with fresh wheel bearing grease and tighten the nut for perfect preload."

I prefer packing my bearings myself. While you are in there, you can also inspect and adjust your brakes.

I will not be using the EZ-Lube fitting at all. Too many horror stories of people pumping grease into their brakes, you know you aren't getting all of the old, bad grease and contaminates out.. It works for some I guess... then again for some, they don't repack their bearings at all and are just fine for the 5 or so years they own their trailer... then someone else has to deal with their neglect.

There are a ton of videos on youtube that describe the process well. You will probably have to pick up a few parts, cotter pins, etc.. plan on a half day the first time you do it.
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When I was doing mine this spring, I did a youtube search and found how to get the get it all apart. our 23B did not have a cotter pin, but some other gizmo that does the same thing.

Once apart, I use WD40 and a lot of paper towels to cut the old grease, and remove it from the bearings. You will need new rear seals. I bent each one as I removed them. A NAPA rep found a replacement, looking at my used part. I have a spare at home, so I should be able to find the part number later.

Make sure to fully back the bearings. I like to rub the grease in using my hands it works nice. Add a little grease to the races, and put it all back together the way you found it. The races do not need to be packed tight with grease.

The first one takes the longest. Just remember to lift the frame not the axle.

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Just curious on if you know the part number from NAPA. I'm going to do mine this weekend, but wanted to get the new rear seals before taking it all apart in case I run into issues.

Also, does anyone know offhand brake size on the 2014 X23B? I have the dexter manual in front of me and it has the seal replacements, but I can't remember the brake size.

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"our 23B did not have a cotter pin, but some other gizmo that does the same thing. "
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Yeah, that gizmo is a pain-in-the-posterior. Try putting it back on when the nut is not exactly at a 60* increment. It's greasy, your hands are greasy. You've wiped the driveway crud off it 3 times.... Give me a castellated nut and a fresh cotter pin any day!
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With the EZ-Lube Dexter axels I start spinning the wheel right away as I slowly pump the grease in. I have a Triton trailer 13yrs old that I have not had to replace bearings or seals on using this method.
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