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Old 06-06-2015, 02:07 PM   #31
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So...the grease would leak out the back of the drum? I wouldn't have to dismantle everything to look in the brakes?

I just bought some new grease tubes. I'll try putting one in. If it takes the whole thing than maybe i have a problem!

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Old 06-07-2015, 07:42 AM   #32
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I just bought some new grease tubes. I'll try putting one in. If it takes the whole thing than maybe i have a problem!
If this is the first time that you are greasing the bearings, then you can expect to use 2 long tubes or 4 short tubes of grease for 4 axles, as Dexter does not fill them up all the way.

If you use the hand operated grease gun and don't get carried away at seeing how fast you can get finished, you should have no problems. Just keep spinning your wheel as you are pumping the grease in.

Click on the link in an earlier post and watch the video (by Dexter) on how to do it.

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If this is the first time that you are greasing the bearings, then you can expect to use 2 long tubes or 4 short tubes of grease for 4 axles, as Dexter does not fill them up all the way.

If you use the hand operated grease gun and don't get carried away at seeing how fast you can get finished, you should have no problems. Just keep spinning your wheel as you are pumping the grease in.

Click on the link in an earlier post and watch the video (by Dexter) on how to do it.

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What a waste of grease for an half a..s job. More grease is not better, check your hub temperature before using the ezlub and check after....you will understand from that moment that using ez lub is not the way to go
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What a waste of grease for an half a..s job. More grease is not better, check your hub temperature before using the ezlub and check after....you will understand from that moment that using ez lub is not the way to go
I just (May '15) went from total rebuild axles to EZ-Lube.

I'll take the easy, half-A***d job over not doing it because it's too messy/hard/annoying any day.

Yes, the EZ-Lube system is less effective and uses more grease. But at least it gets done more than once every 3 years.
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I just (May '15) went from total rebuild axles to EZ-Lube.

I'll take the easy, half-A***d job over not doing it because it's too messy/hard/annoying any day.

Yes, the EZ-Lube system is less effective and uses more grease. But at least it gets done more than once every 3 years.
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The only reason to pump the EZ Lube hubs full of grease is if you're using your trailer as a boat and submerging the hubs in the lake. It actually takes very little grease to properly lube hub bearings that are never submerged in water.

Quote from the Dexter FAQ page:
http://www.dexteraxle.com/faq_s

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E-Z LUBE - What is the E-Z Lube option?
The E-Z Lube option was designed specifically for the marine application where the axles are constantly being immersed in water. This feature provides a convenient method for purging the water from the hub cavity without having to pull the hub every time. The hubs should be removed every 12 months or 12,000 miles to inspect the bearings and it is imperative to replace the seal at this time to assure that the grease does not leak out the back onto the brake linings rendering the brakes non-functional.
Also from the Dexter website. This explains how to grease standard bearings, and this is how I will grease my new hub assemblies. I bought one tube of Mobil 1 Synthetic grease, which will be plenty for all four hubs.
http://l.b5z.net/i/u/6149609/f/Instr...59-831-00A.pdf

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Bearing Lubrication - Grease
Along with bearing adjustment, proper lubrication is essential to the proper function and reliability of your trailer axle. Bea
rings should be lubricated
every 12 months or 12,000 miles. The method to repack bearing cones is as follows:
1. Place a quantity of grease into the palm of your hand.
2. Press a section of the widest end of the bearing into the outer edge of the grease pile closest to the thumb forcing
grease into the interior of the bearing.
3. Repeat this while rotating the bearing from roller to roller.
4. Continue this process until you have the entire bearing completely filled with grease.
5. Before reinstalling, apply a light coat of grease on the bearing cup.
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So I decided to service the EZ lube axles of my pop-up as part of my winterizing this year. It's a 2015 that we have had for 2 full seasons now and probably has 1500 miles on it. This was the first time I did them.

I watched a bunch of You Tube videos and figured out this wasn't all that hard. I jacked it up and rotated the wheels as you should but was first surprised how much grease it took and then that no old grease pushed out at all. I put in nearly 1/2 a tube per axle and when the grease began to come out, it was clearly the new stuff.

I panicked for a minute thinking there had never been any from the factory but this forum suggests that use of very little grease from the factory isn't unusual. I guess I'm good there?

The other thing that this forum taught me that Dexter's video didn't was that apparently there are approved greases - and I don't think i used one. I used Royal Purple 01312 which isn't on the list.

Experts: should I be concerned? Should I re-do the grease with a recommended type? Not sure how important this is.

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So I decided to service the EZ lube axles of my pop-up as part of my winterizing this year. ...snip...
Any quality grease will be good.

The important thing is to keep the bearings lubricated.

Yes, it seems like "there was no grease in there." When you dismantle an axle, clear and repack the bearings, then reassemble you will have used several tablespoons of grease and a rear seal.

When you use the EZ-Lube, you are filling the entire space with fresh grease, displacing the old stuff (and when new, the air between the spindle and the drum).

While the wheel was off the ground, did you wiggle it to make sure the spindle nut was tightened properly?

At some point in the life of the trailer, you will have to do a proper wheel bearing service. In the meantime, keep on carefully pumping fresh grease through the bearings and making sure all is OK.
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