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Ok so we went out today to moutain island lake. After the oil leakage and water leak fixes i wanted to test out those repairs.

Good news is they worked.. bad news is i have a couple more issues.. My cooling hoses are poping the clamps i put on. I assume I over tightened them when i installed so its my fault. A freind advised as to solid hose clamps that are put in place and perminent so they wont break, so easy fix..

Heres the real issue. In my last thread someone said to pack my trailer bearings before i went out.. Well who ever said that is a friggin genious and i should have friggin listened.. But i did not and thought one more trip to the lake and i would be OK... So I smoked one of my bearings. Luckily by the time it was noticible i was a few hundred yards from the house and have her home..

I pulled the hub off the wheel and removed what remained of the old bearing (not alot) and went to autozone to get new bearings... Pain in the butt but it could have been worse. Here is the hard part. Autozone has bearings that will fit the hub but not the spindel of the axle. Where can i find trailer bearings suitable for marine applications? Thanks guys...




 

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Your old bearings should have numbers on them that can be matched. There are only a handful of bearing combos in common use for trailers. If the auto parts house cant figure it out, go to a marine shop.
 

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Your old bearings should have numbers on them that can be matched. There are only a handful of bearing combos in common use for trailers. If the auto parts house cant figure it out, go to a marine shop.

I need to take a picture to show you whats left.... I just got out of the shower and it was not until that moment that i realized what small bits of metal were actually holding my wheel on.. a codder pin and that was about it.....SCARY!!!!!!
 

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I need to take a picture to show you whats left.... I just got out of the shower and it was not until that moment that i realized what small bits of metal were actually holding my wheel on.. a codder pin and that was about it.....SCARY!!!!!!

We had that episode of "Shoulda checked 'em before we left" with a friend's boat many years ago. Pretty scary with a single axle trailer. Pull one of the good sets of bearings to get your numbers. :)
 

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My experience in these matters is if you replace 1 replace them all. If one failed, the others are sure to follow. A shot of grease would not of helped. It was time.
 

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My experience in these matters is if you replace 1 replace them all. If one failed, the others are sure to follow. A shot of grease would not of helped. It was time.

you better beleive it.. everythign i order is in pairs...
 

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I don't know how far of a tow you have to the lake but if you launch with hot hubs/bearings, the heat will suck the cold water right in past the seals. Greasing the bearings on the trailer has pretty much been a routine before I put the trailer in the water after a tow since about 1977. Knock wood, I've never had a bearing failure.
 

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I don't know how far of a tow you have to the lake but if you launch with hot hubs/bearings, the heat will suck the cold water right in past the seals. Greasing the bearings on the trailer has pretty much been a routine before I put the trailer in the water after a tow since about 1977. Knock wood, I've never had a bearing failure.

Distance is a relative term... about 15 -20 miles.
 

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Shawn photo the Cups and cones (bearings) and i'll help you find a source near you ,a few trailer mfgs used some "odd ball metric stuff" Tom ps good to see that hot rod in the water ! well worth the 3k mile :D trip
 

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Shawn photo the Cups and cones (bearings) and i'll help you find a source near you ,a few trailer mfgs used some "odd ball metric stuff" Tom ps good to see that hot rod in the water ! well worth the 3k mile :D trip

Yes it was... ill get some photos to post up.
 

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true but there are some around these parts with a 2 block tow. I guess in 120º heat, it could make a diff. :)

120?????

if my town hit 120 i promise you i would think satan him self was hanging out in NC...:)sphss


max around these parts is like 101..
 

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Ok so we went out today to moutain island lake. After the oil leakage and water leak fixes i wanted to test out those repairs.

Good news is they worked.. bad news is i have a couple more issues.. My cooling hoses are poping the clamps i put on. I assume I over tightened them when i installed so its my fault. A freind advised as to solid hose clamps that are put in place and perminent so they wont break, so easy fix..

Heres the real issue. In my last thread someone said to pack my trailer bearings before i went out.. Well who ever said that is a friggin genious and i should have friggin listened.. But i did not and thought one more trip to the lake and i would be OK... So I smoked one of my bearings. Luckily by the time it was noticible i was a few hundred yards from the house and have her home..

I pulled the hub off the wheel and removed what remained of the old bearing (not alot) and went to autozone to get new bearings... Pain in the butt but it could have been worse. Here is the hard part. Autozone has bearings that will fit the hub but not the spindel of the axle. Where can i find trailer bearings suitable for marine applications? Thanks guys...




yo Dude,you better watch out for the mob on Mtn. Island we'll be coming for you....glad to see you got it running and on the water we'll all be there soon so get ready!!:)devil:)devil:)devil

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we hit 118º here north of San Francisco a couple of years ago but that's a rarity. I think there are times when the people in Arizona would welcome 110º-115º :p

110 degrees us a walk in the park for us. I remember a 122 day when they shut the airport down.
Apparently they weren't sure how temps that high would affect the plane's lift capabilities. I was
driving downtown listening to the radio in a non-airconditioned 1985 Ford Ranger.

When you get your numbers off those bearings, you might want to check some other auto parts
stores. It's possible that it was just one particular store (or chain) that didn't have them. Also try
some trailer repair places (not just marine trailers necessarily).

I thought mine were odd balls too, but ended up finding them at a local Autozone store. Also found
them in Laughlin NV at an Autozone when I had a failure on the road. Ah I remember it well. Changing
bearings in the AVI parking lot at 119 degrees. Fun fun.

Where can i find trailer bearings suitable for marine applications?
As far as I know........bearings is bearings. None specifically made for marine that I'm aware of.
 

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If you've had a complete failure like that, don't just replace the bearing. Replace BOTH RACES too, or the damaged and scarred races will ruin new bearings in short order.

Once all 4 bearings (and 8 races) are replaced, put Bearing Buddy caps on it, and never have another problem (if you keep them partly filled).

My original wheel bearings are 30 years old, and are good as new.
 

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If you've had a complete failure like that, don't just replace the bearing. Replace BOTH RACES too, or the damaged and scarred races will ruin new bearings in short order.

Once all 4 bearings (and 8 races) are replaced, put Bearing Buddy caps on it, and never have another problem (if you keep them partly filled).

My original wheel bearings are 30 years old, and are good as new.
Agree. You probably already knew that, but you want to replace everything. Check the spindle out too to make sure it didn't hurt that.
 

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Yeah everything is gettin replaced. everythign except the spindel. that looks to be in good shape.
 

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Any good bearing house will be able to get the bearings. Just get the numbers off a good set, races and bearings.

I don't even mess with auto parts stores on this kind of stuff. For the most part these days if its not in the computer tied to a specific model vehicle they are lost.

Also use the good red synthetic grease, whether it be NEO, Mobil 1, Redline, whatever...
 
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