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I'm assembling the trailer I just got off eBay. When I'm mounting the wheel hubs on the axle, how tight should the axle nuts be? My wee mind is telling me to snug them right down then back them off one notch in the crown nut to line up the cotter pin.

Am I out to lunch or is this accurate?

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GENTLY tighten to where the bearing starts to feel tight (spinning it all the time)and then back off one flat of the nut. This is assuming you have cleaned and repacked the bearings.

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Thanks Geordiemuppet The bearings came packed with new grease. The hubs have a grease nipple on the back so I'll add more grease once the hubs are mounted up.

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The easiest test I use is with the weight off the trailer grab the front and rear of the tire. Try to rock it back and forth. It should be tight enough to not move laterally yet loose enough to turn freely.

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Thanks Doug - that's pretty much where it's at - should be good to go!

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Justa thought, but the caps that fit in the hubs with a grease fitting pointing out are cheap & handy, easier than crawling under to get at the nipple on the back & supply an extra amount of grease for the long trips.Look for the ones with a bleeder hole to avoid excess pressure on the seal's

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Thanks Doug - that's pretty much where it's at - should be good to go!
Glad to be of help, now just make sure to check them when stopping for breaks. They will get warm but you should be able to hold your hand on them with no discomfort, it they get warmer than that they are tad too tight.

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96aspy - I went to grease it up tonight and as I was struggling to get at the nipples I thought to myself - you need to get bearing buddies at Canuck Tire on the way home tomorrow. And so I shall. Didn't know about the bleeder hole so I'll look for that feature.

DougW - Pee breaks and gas stops should always include a walk-around and the trailer hubs will get checked at that time. Thanks again.

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I don't like Bearing Buddies on trailers other than boat trailers that go into salt water. They have a tendency to push the grease seals out of the hubs. You really don't need to grease trailer bearings very often. Cars with rear drive usually go 25,000 miles and several years between repacking of the front wheel bearings and they rarely fail. A bike trailer (though the wheels spin a bit faster) isn't carrying near the weight or side loads and doesn't usually go that many miles per year. Once every couple or three years should be more than sufficient.

With new bearings or bearings being reinstalled I always check the wheels after a 100 miles or so. They can loosen up on the inital run. Mainly just lift the wheel off the ground and see if there's any play. I also check the trailer hubs for heat after the first 100 miles and once a day after that. A wheel with a warmer hub than it's mate or a hub that's hot to the touch has a problem. One that's just a bit warm doesn't.

Be cautious if you use your hand to test the hub for heat as I do, if there's a bad bearing that hub can be very hot!


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The Bearing Buddies with the bleeder hole have it so they will not hurt the seals, any excess pressure is released without damage. when doing 7,000 - 10,000 mile trips the extra supply of grease is a nice, cheapadd on.

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