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Old 16 January 2013, 09:06   #1
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Snipe trailer bearing removal

I have just purchased a Snipe Trailer model No: Y5-1300 with 165x13 tyres with waterproof bearings. Also purchased a spare hub and bearings and brake cables and wheel as I will be towing across Europe and have to be self sufficient if I have any trailer problems.

I asked Snipe about recommended bearing pullers I could buy off somewhere like eBay and they said I would need to go to a garage to extract the bearings. I have to believe that I can buy a simple bearing puller off eBay which will do the job.

Has anyone any experience of this type of trailer and changing a bearing and what type of bearing puller I need.

Many thanks Nigel
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Old 16 January 2013, 09:18   #2
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Why don't you pm trailer guy for help he is very helpful.

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Old 16 January 2013, 09:33   #3
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Good advice - just done that
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Its not so much a puller you need, more a press to extract and refit the bearings. The puller will help remove the hub from the axle but those bearings are difficult to remove without the force of a press to help. It can be done though

Trailer Guy will obviously be better placed to advise you where you could get a press small enough to carry around and still be up to doing the job, ours isn't mobile, I remember him posting a picture of his a while back, which was perfect!

I'd be inclined to carry a complete spare hub with good bearings already in place ready to fit, then the puller will be the only "specialist tool" that's needed (sometimes you don't even need that) to remove the hub, ready for swap over. Might be easier than pressing one in on the roadside ?

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Its not so much a puller you need, more a press to extract and refit the bearings. The puller will help remove the hub from the axle but those bearings are difficult to remove without the force of a press to help. It can be done though

Trailer Guy will obviously be better placed to advise you where you could get a press small enough to carry around and still be up to doing the job, ours isn't mobile, I remember him posting a picture of his a while back, which was perfect!

I'd be inclined to carry a complete spare hub with good bearings already in place ready to fit, then the puller will be the only "specialist tool" that's needed (sometimes you don't even need that) to remove the hub, ready for swap over. Might be easier than pressing one in on the roadside ?

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Hi Peter - I have actually ordered a spare hub as well (belt & Braces) but I would expect to have to change the bearings every year to be on the safe side so the bearing extractor does not need to be mobile I cna keep it in my workshop. Although maybe I just need a hub puller and take the hubs down to a local garage to get them to remove the bearings whenever I need to change them.!
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Has anyone used one of these kits?....

26pc Wheel Bearing Tool Set Kit Removal Extractor Car Hub Drive Garage Mechanic | eBay
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I just replaced the bearings on my trailer, they are water proof dual roller bearing type,

around 65x 35 x 31 mm in size, one per axle... pressed them out in my bench vice using a metal spacer tube... not that much force needed, could of knocked them out with a hammer easily if needs be, but putting new ones back is best done without hammer.
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Hi Peter - I have actually ordered a spare hub as well (belt & Braces) but I would expect to have to change the bearings every year to be on the safe side so the bearing extractor does not need to be mobile I cna keep it in my workshop. Although maybe I just need a hub puller and take the hubs down to a local garage to get them to remove the bearings whenever I need to change them.!
I see. I was thinking more along the lines of trailer repair at the roadside whilst on your travels. If your going to change them at home I don't think you need to buy a press, certainly not a expensive one at least. Worst case the local trailer centre will charge them for you and it should cost around £12 (plus bearings) to fit new ones, if you take the hubs in to them. Might be better to do that each year ?

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Old 16 January 2013, 12:59   #9
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I will still be in France when I do the annual bearing change so I guess as long as each year I buy a couple of bearings from Snipe or whereever they get them from I can get a local french trailer company to change them. One never exactly knows what the French will charge hence me trying to do it myself.

Would you recommend a hub puller and if so any one in particular.
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You can hammer the new bearings in if you're careful! Failing that, a car jack can be used as a press with a suitably sized piece of steel/wood etc.
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