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Old 06-12-2016, 11:06 AM   #1
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Red face Learned My Dexter Lube Lesson

I lubed my Dexter axles 3 weeks ago per Dexter instructions and watching videos. I will never do this again.

Got out on the road for our next trip and thought my brakes were soft. Miles ahead they were a little worse. Next I knew I had no trailer brakes. Nursed it to our first stop and it finally hit me that grease had gotten thru the seal onto by brakes.

After using two cans of brake cleaner as best I could from the back side, I had cleaned them off enough so that I had brakes on the way home.

Next time the bearings will be removed and greased by hand the old fashioned way.
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Old 06-12-2016, 11:53 AM   #2
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What a pain. Glad you where able to get home safely.
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Old 06-16-2016, 04:51 PM   #3
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Now that we are safely home, is it OK to remove the hubs and clean everything thoroughly with break cleaner?
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Old 06-16-2016, 05:27 PM   #4
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Don't feel to bad, I pulled mine for the first year with grease contaminated brake shoes. Finally had to have the whole brake assemblies replaced on all 4 wheels.
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Is that the bearing buddy or ez lube?
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Is that the bearing buddy or ez lube?
Mine are ez lube. Bearing buddys are for boat trailers that are submurged from time to time.
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Mine are ez lube. Bearing buddys are for boat trailers that are submurged from time to time.
I believe that EZ-Lubes are also designed mainly for boat trailers. With a dry running RV, just clean the bearings, repack with fresh grease every 12 months/12,000 miles, and forget about them until the next time.

Good grease lasts a long time, and it doesn't take a lot to do the job.
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Mine are EZ-lube. Just wondering if it is OK to clean the hubs, brake shoes and everything else with brake cleaner.
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Brake cleaner shouldn't hurt any metal parts, but rubber parts should be cleaned in soapy water or some other non-volatile solvent like maybe kerosene. You won't likely fix the brake linings/shoes with anything. Once soaked with grease, oil, or brake fluid (not usually found in a TT electric brake system), the linings are typically impregnated with the lubricant, which is the last thing you want involved between your lining and the drum.
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Being s fellow member and camper on here, I would caution on just spraying brake cleaner on the lining and calling it good. I would pull all the brakes apart and clean the hardware and replace the lining, it's not expensive. Lining will absorb the brake cleaner and grease residue. Be sure to clean and inspect bearing, and use the dexter seals. I had two local camper dealers try to sell me cheap crap one way seals that if you were ever to use the EZ lube grease zeros, it would permit grease to bypass seals. Also had a near disaster with wheel bearings. Dexter does not manually pack bearings before assembling EZ lube axles, they put them together dry and pump grease into the zeros. On my unit the outer bearings were dry. Good thing I pulled my hubs, disaster averted.
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