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Old 10-08-2012, 10:38 AM   #1
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Prevent stuck wheel bearings?

After a considerable struggle, I've finally gotten the old bearings out of my front hub so I can install fresh ones. The old ones were stuck so badly I had to cut them with a Dremel tool before the could be pounded out.

I'll have to replace these bearings again someday, so I'm trying to think of ways I could make it a bit easier.

Is there any reason not to spread a tiny amount of grease or anti-seize around the outside of the new bearings before they're installed?
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:43 AM   #2
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If the bearing is a press fit and tight, grease or anit seize would be fine! I put the stuff everywhere. Well not there...

Only bad thing is the grease collects dust and holds it. Make sure to use sealed bearings. Old skool is open or sheilded. Sealed mo bettah.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #3
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Should be fine. I use a light coat of grease on just about every new part that gets installed by sliding through something else.
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Old 10-08-2012, 11:50 AM   #4
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Yeah, I've got sealed bearings to go in. Thanks.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:32 PM   #5
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Spraying a little WD-40 between the bearing and where it sits and letting it seep in for 2 hours or so before trying to take them out also works.
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Old 10-08-2012, 12:46 PM   #6
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I assume you heated the hub before driving out the bearings.

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Old 10-08-2012, 06:22 PM   #7
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I assume you heated the hub before driving out the bearings.

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^ This.
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Old 10-09-2012, 03:56 PM   #8
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I assume you heated the hub before driving out the bearings.

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I did, but it didn't accomplish anything. Hence my desire to make it easier on myself next time.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:39 PM   #9
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If the bearings are a press fit and the hub is supposed to be heated for removal and installation then I would do it that way. What does the manual say? What kind of bike is this? Putting the thinnest layer of grease somewhere where it doesn't belong will change the seating of those bearing races. Not much but it will change. Raising the bearing race will change bearing preload.
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Old 10-10-2012, 12:53 PM   #10
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I assume you heated the hub before driving out the bearings.

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Put the bearings in the freezer overnight. This in addition to heating makes the job almost tool and beating free. Almost.
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Old 10-10-2012, 01:05 PM   #11
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Put the bearings in the freezer overnight. This in addition to heating makes the job almost tool and beating free. Almost.
So true!

Freeze the bearing, heat the race.

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I also put the spacer in the freezer. Makes it a tiny bit shorter so easier to seat the bearings without stressing the inner race.

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