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    Are you replacing races when you replace bearings?
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    Some Timkins are not made in the USA nowadays, choose carefully. Parts stores will be glad to explain that to you.
    Sadly, things are heading in that direction. Not to hijack, but I have lots of Milwaukee Tools, several of them lithium battery powered. Every one of them are made in China, including the batteries - and that is in bold print on them, too.
    On my trailer, I went with CE Smith Hub Kits, each in their cute little case. I took extra time to really clean the axles, and greased 'em up good for the install. After a couple of hauls, I floor jacked each wheel just off the ground, and checked the axle nuts to be sure they were like I wanted them, seated well and all. Good to go, haulin' with confidence.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CatFan View Post
    Are you replacing races when you replace bearings?
    Yes, I never install new bearings in old races, I think I am going to go the new hub route and see if this increases service life, Thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by skeeter96 View Post
    The washer is to protect the bearing from the back side of the nut and help keep even pressure on the bearing. I tighten the bearing to about 40 ft pounds (tight) spin the wheel then back it off tell it loose. Re tighten hand tight then then tighten it tell the cotter pin goes in. Most problems with wheel bearing is people over tighten them causing failure. I've made a living for the last thirty years servicing trailers trucks and heavy equipment. This applies to most single and tandem axle trailers.
    This is how I've always done my boat and car trailers. A local trailer shop or boat dealer usually will be glad to give good info also. Nothing worse than braking down on the road, be safe out there.

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    Pre-load the bearings as written then back off, hand tighten then move the nut to the next hole for the pin. I used CRC Marine Grease only in my customers boat trailer bearings and never had a come back. I paid my business insurance annually just checking customers boat trailers as they came in for need of bearing work. The CRC Marine Grease does not wash off like most others and yes you do need the washer especially if the torque on the outer bearing cone is off. When you replace races and bearings buy Sets Only also.
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