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I used some HD wheel bearing grease from the local supply house. They have disk or drum brake versions, IIRC, I use disk for everything; one less container to keep around.What is the best commercially available wheel bearing grease for the M101s? The TM shows automotive/artillery grease...
I went shopping for bearing packing/replacement stuff for the trailers. I picked up:
HF Bearing Race and Seal Installation Kit for $32
Lisle Handy Packer for 3 1/2" Bearings for $24
3/16" x 2" cotter pins for $2
Mobil 1 sythetic grease already in the garage
1 1/2" socket 1/2"drive for $7
I know a lot of you can do this by feel, but I haven't got that touch. I did one trailer and had a hot hub and a cool hub after following the TM. I tore the hot hub down, checked for heat damage, and repacked both bearings with the handy packer. After reassembling the hub, I followed the TM, retorqued to 30 ft/lbs, and then backed off the axle nut -- plus a bit more, eased it back to a stop and pinned it. There was no slop.
I took the trailer out for a 5 mile spin and came back with 2 cool hubs. I'm going to keep an eye on the Mobil 1 sythetic grease, and if I need to, I'll repack with new HD grease.
Time to get some firewood.
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