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Old 11-11-2014, 02:02 PM   #1
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Buddy Bearings

All of you guys that use buddy bearings, you know the ones that you just hook a grease to and squeeze. Be sure to exercise your lug nuts. I had a snowmobile trailer with them years ago and needed to change a tire, luckily in my garage, but broke two (2) studs in the process. They should be exercised at least once a year. Just my two (2) cents

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Old 11-11-2014, 04:14 PM   #2
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I use anti-seize on my lug nuts so they will never seize. Most auto parts stores carry it.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:42 PM   #3
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I use anti-seize on my lug nuts so they will never seize. Most auto parts stores carry it.
I prefer to run my nuts dry. The friction between the taper and the wheel is what helps them stay tight. Trust me, I'm a believer in anti-seize...we live and die by the stuff at work but it has no place on wheel lugs. Remember to de-rate your torque values by 10% when lubricating threads as torque values are stated with unlubricated fasteners.
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Old 11-11-2014, 04:59 PM   #4
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I drive a big truck for a living. Without some sort of anti-seize on the wheel lugs one would never get them off again. Most big truck tire shops use some sort of anti-seize. They are torqued at 475 ft-lbs. I've been using anti-seize on every vehicle I have owned for the last 20 years or so and never had a lug loosen up. Of course the anti-seize I am talking about is for wheel lugs. It doesn't change the friction at all, it just prevents corrosion. I just put new Maxxis tires on my Eagle. One of the questions they they asked me was did I want anti-seize on the lugs? Yep! No doubt about it and they put it on. I double checked my Jayco Eagle Manual and my TV manual and there is nothing in there about lubricating lug nuts at all. Not sure which "Most if not all" manuals you are taking about. I use to work at a Land Rover dealership and we were required to use anti-seize on all lug nuts. I was trained at the factory to do this. Finally, I've driven over 2,000,000 safe miles in a tractor trailer with anti-seize on 180 wheel lugs and never had one come off. BTW, I have both Permatex and Napa brands of anti-seize and both say right on the bottle for use on wheel lugs. I use the Permatex as that is what many big truck tire shops use.
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I also use the never seize on my boat trailer lug nuts. Without it in this hostile salt water environment removal would be a nightmare. I do not use it on the TT lugs.
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:17 PM   #6
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I also use the never seize on my boat trailer lug nuts. Without it in this hostile salt water environment removal would be a nightmare. I do not use it on the TT lugs.
If you had used it on your TT lugs you could have changed out that blown tire a lot faster and easier! lol
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I drive a big truck for a living. Without some sort of anti-seize on the wheel lugs one would never get them off again. Most big truck tire shops use some sort of anti-seize. They are torqued at 475 ft-lbs. I've been using anti-seize on every vehicle I have owned for the last 20 years or so and never had a lug loosen up. Of course the anti-seize I am talking about is for wheel lugs. It doesn't change the friction at all, it just prevents corrosion. I just put new Maxxis tires on my Eagle. One of the questions they they asked me was did I want anti-seize on the lugs? Yep! No doubt about it and they put it on. I double checked my Jayco Eagle Manual and my TV manual and there is nothing in there about lubricating lug nuts at all. Not sure which "Most if not all" manuals you are taking about. I use to work at a Land Rover dealership and we were required to use anti-seize on all lug nuts. I was trained at the factory to do this. Finally, I've driven over 2,000,000 safe miles in a tractor trailer with anti-seize on 180 wheel lugs and never had one come off. BTW, I have both Permatex and Napa brands of anti-seize and both say right on the bottle for use on wheel lugs. I use the Permatex as that is what many big truck tire shops use.
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Old 11-11-2014, 05:26 PM   #8
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If you had used it on your TT lugs you could have changed out that blown tire a lot faster and easier! lol
I can tell you one place I put it. The first time I rotated the tires on my 2500 which I bought in 2012 for the life of me I could not remove the rear wheels. The rims were frozen to the hubs. And the tires were like new, date coded 2011 so it was not that long since they were off. . I pulled, yanked, banged, and cussed and they would not budge, a first for me. Truly a head scratcher. Eventually I put a piece of wood against the inside of the wheel and hit it with a sledge until it broke loose. You can best believe when those babies went back on there was never seize where the rim meets the hub!
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I can tell you one place I put it. The first time I rotated the tires on my 2500 which I bought in 2012 for the life of me I could not remove the rear wheels. The rims were frozen to the hubs. And the tires were like new, date coded 2011 so it was not that long since they were off. . I pulled, yanked, banged, and cussed and they would not budge, a first for me. Truly a head scratcher. Eventually I put a piece of wood against the inside of the wheel and hit it with a sledge until it broke loose. You can best believe when those babies went back on there was never seize where the rim meets the hub!
LOL. I no thats right my ram was the same way. I think it is the dissimilar metals. alloy wheel against steel hub. fresh coat of never seize every time I rotate the tires now.
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I guess to each his own, I do heavy haul for a living and we never use it on truck or trailer which usually grosses around 180k all day, never had a problem. I wouldn't use it personally on a tt but like I said to each his own
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