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    Ok, I have searched, and I see a ton of folks referencing the act of packing the bearings, but no one explaining how.....

    I would like to pack my bearings while I have the truck apart, but I dont know what tools I need or what type of grease to buy, since I have never done it.

    Someone please explain?
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    You tube, "pack wheel bearing"

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    i used a cheap bering packer from advance or napa. you can also do the palm method.

    the palm method is by taking grease and putting in the palm of one had then taking the bearing and pushing in into the grease at the wide side of the bearing. do this all the way around until you see grease coming out the other side and around the rollers. a messy way but it works and has worked for a long time before bearing packers.

    the bearing packer that i am talkign about is one that screws together and the bearing is in the middle. then you just hook the grease gun to it and it pumps it full of grease. still a little messy but hey when your working with grease what can you expect.
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    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQYiA53vcxA[/media]

    High Temp bearing grease. Get a big ole tub of it. The more grease the better.
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    Quote Originally Posted by simp5782 View Post
    [media]http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PQYiA53vcxA[/media]High Temp bearing grease. Get a big ole tub of it. The more grease the better.
    That video was about the funniest thing I ever seen!

    On one of my axles their is a HUGE amount of grease between the bearings packs on the shaft. I assume I need to clean all the old grease out, but then do I need to try and smear more in there?

    I have the hub apart, should I try and remove the bearing cups to clean between them, or just do the best I can without removing the cups? If they need to come out, any suggestions?

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    TM 9-2320-209-20-3-2 chapter 14 has the info on inspection and regreasing the brg's a bearing repacker is cheap and a lot less mess than hand packing
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    I would do like the second video, and You could wash out the old grease with carb spray or something, but dont blow/spin dry the bearings with compressed air,,, just push in new grease.

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    Quote Originally Posted by seabeeut View Post
    TM 9-2320-209-20-3-2 chapter 14 has the info on inspection and regreasing the brg's a bearing repacker is cheap and a lot less mess than hand packing
    When I posted this, I had read the TM, but I assumed a bearing packer was a big and expensive device. Lol.

    The innermost seal, when I removed the inner bearings, I cant get that seal to come off. I was going to put some RTV on it, but it wont release. Am I doing something wrong?
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    Yup -forget the tools to pac them - dig your hands in and become ONE with your wheel bearings - join the the force.

    Great info above ^^^^^^^^^ in them video's. I have never ever bought a wheel bearing packer for our fleet - I make them all do it by hand to this day.

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    YEp I agree pack them by hand as that way you know its right all the way around the bearing. No need to put grease in between the bearings on the shaft or inside the hub youre waasting grease. The innermost seal that you cant get off doesnt use rtv its just pressed on the spindle dry. If its soft and plyable dont mess with it
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