Prevent stuck wheel bearings?

Discussion in 'The Garage' started by Ceemack, Oct 8, 2012.

  1. Ceemack

    Ceemack Adventurer

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    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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  2. D.T.

    D.T. Difficult but useful

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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...:huh

    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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  3. LuciferMutt

    LuciferMutt Rides slow bike slow

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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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  4. Ceemack

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    Yeah, I've got sealed bearings to go in. Thanks.
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  5. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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    I assume you heated the hub before driving out the bearings.

    Rod
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  6. speedracertdi

    speedracertdi Been here awhile

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    ^ This.
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  7. Ceemack

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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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  8. disston

    disston ShadeTreeExpert

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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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  9. sailah

    sailah Lampin' it

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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.:D
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  10. Yossarian™

    Yossarian™ Deputy Cultural Attaché

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    So true!

    Freeze the bearing, heat the race.

    Wear gloves.
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  11. ragtoplvr

    ragtoplvr Long timer

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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.

    Rod
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