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Old 05-08-2016, 08:03 PM   #1
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12 Year old wheel bearings

I have a 2004 Jayco 28.5 RKS and will be taking it in for axle service and brake check. I am thinking of replacing the bearings and seals while they already have it apart and not just check and repack. I have heard with little miles the bearings may not need replaced, but I'm thinking its 12 years old. thoughts?


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I have a 2004 Jayco 28.5 RKS and will be taking it in for axle service and brake check. I am thinking of replacing the bearings and seals while they already have it apart and not just check and repack. I have heard with little miles the bearings may not need replaced, but I'm thinking its 12 years old. thoughts?


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If they take it apart the seals should be replaced. They shouldn't be reused. A visual inspection of the bearings will determine whether they should be repacked or be replaced.
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If they take it apart the seals should be replaced. They shouldn't be reused. A visual inspection of the bearings will determine whether they should be repacked or be replaced.
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2004 bearings are probably better quality than 2016 bearings
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If they take it apart the seals should be replaced. They shouldn't be reused. A visual inspection of the bearings will determine whether they should be repacked or be replaced.
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As long as the bearings don't show any signs of corrosion or wear, I'd say they should be good. But after 12 years, it's possible that moisture-caused corrosion could be evident. If it were me, I'd probably have them replaced with quality, brand-name bearings/races. They aren't really all that expensive, and for my peace of mind it would be worth it.

And +4 on seals. Every time the drums are removed, seals must be replaced.
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I'm just the opposite. I'd replace them. Regardless of your greasing regimen, they have worn in 12 years. I'm all about preventative maintenance.
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I sold my old trailer last year and it was 17 years old. Bearings were original. I replaced the seals once though. If it ain't broke, there is no need to fix it. If you have money burning a hole in your pocket, you can go ahead and replace them.

My personal thoughts are that most bearings made currently are in China and of questionable quality and tolerance. If your old bearings lasted 12 years and aren't damaged... I would leave a good thing alone.
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I'm just the opposite. I'd replace them. Regardless of your greasing regimen, they have worn in 12 years. I'm all about preventative maintenance.
So I should replace the bearings in my 2000 F250 TV because they are 16+ years old? Like some one said if it ain't broke don't fix it. Other than tires it has gotten nothing but regular maintenance at 150K, most of which has been pulling a 5W.
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Your tech will probably want to replace them regardless and may not know how to do anything else. It'd be interesting to look them over along with the races. If you know what to look for tell 'em to clean them well (bearings & races) and you decide (make sure they don't mix them up) If they are US made and in good shape, I'd keep.
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