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Old 19 December 2007, 15:01   #51
Country: UK - England
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Originally Posted by Chris View Post
They are way past that Nick I have already sanded them down to get a few more miles out of them.

Thankfully my car has brakes that would stop an elephant so I dont really notice it. In fact when the brakes did work well they just snatched all the time and the wheels would lock up so theres part of me that thinks just leave 'em !

I reckon a bit of grease on the linings will improve them

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Old 16 January 2008, 13:52   #52
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grease ?

everybody speaks of grease for bearings - but why not oil ?

Please have a look at any bearing data sheet, the max speed acceptable with oil is grease x 3 ...!

I did it on my own trailer 25 years ago, I built it 100%, and I used oil, nothing else.
This trailer is close to dead because of internal rust - even after having heat-tinned all when it was new, but inside ... - but the bearings are like new - I never added oil.

I modified several other trailers in the same way :
I added a thin sleeve made of brass (lathe work) to protect the rubber against rust, then I epoxy-glued it on the shaft.
2 holes into the hub (oil-in and oil-out), plus tight caps glued with Sikaflex.
Oil is Dexron 3, but any oil is ok.
Check twice the year for water, if any, replace the oil.

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Old 16 January 2008, 13:59   #53
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I have "oil bath" bearings on my trailer.
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