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    Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    I want to service the wheel bearings and haven't done this before.

    Do you have to remove the wheel to get access the wheel bearings or can you get at them by removing the chrome cap?

    It looks like there are plastic caps on the wheel lug nuts?

    Any advice on the correct procedure would be appreciated.
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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    I want to service the wheel bearings and haven't done this before.

    Do you have to remove the wheel to get access the wheel bearings or can you get at them by removing the chrome cap?

    It looks like there are plastic caps on the wheel lug nuts?

    Any advice on the correct procedure would be appreciated.
    I want to respond kindly but I'm going to be blunt.
    From the questions you asked, this job isn't for you. I recommend you take your trailer to any little auto shop you might have some amount of trust in and have them do this. It isn't difficult but it doesn't sound lie you are ready for this.

    The Tires/wheels come off.
    The cap in the center of the axle comes off.
    The big nut and retainer on the axle is removed and the hub comes off with the bearings inside.
    The seal on the back of the hub is removed.
    Both bearing fall out.
    You clean everything with a solvent real well.
    You use proper wheel bearing grease and repack the bearings. If bearings are rough at all, replace bearings AND bearing races? This doesn't mean just coating the bearings. Do an Internet search. Also worth buying a simple wheel bearing grease packing tool and using it.
    Put bearings back in.
    Install new seal.
    Carefully put hub back on axle.
    Install washer (if there was one) and nut and tighten nut PROPERLY. DO INTERNET SEARCH. Too tight... Will heat up and fail soon. Too loose and will fail too.
    Put cap back on.
    Mount wheel and tighten wheel nuts.

    Must pack bearings correctly and tighten axle nut properly or they WILL FAIL
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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    I agree with bbalzer except that if you have a friend or neighbor that knows the procedure, ask them to help you and show you how the first time and then you can do it yourself from then on. If you take it to a shop, you will still not know how to do it and knowing how is half the fun.
    Let us know how it turns out.
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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    I use Gasoline to clean the old grease out of the bearings. I have 2 plastic coffee containers, but enough gas in each to cover the bearings. I clean the grease off in one jug, then final rinse in the second jug. They must dry thoroughly!!

    Here's a video of the procedure. Not hard to do, but there are wrong things you can do. https://youtu.be/kot0q-IYdIs

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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    Thanks for the responses.
    I'll swing by a trailer dealer and pick up seal kits and cotter pins. I have a friend with all the tools and know how who can help me out on the first servicing.
    On Kompact Camper's website I found:
    Wheel Torque: 50 ft. lbs.
    Axle Nut Torque: 40 ft. lbs.

    I'm heading to the Chill Out and will be stopping at Kompact Campers in Myerstown PA to get the recall done (side light installation).

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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post

    I'm heading to the Chill Out
    and will be stopping at Kompact Campers in Myerstown PA to get the recall done (side light installation).
    See you there!
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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    Quote Originally Posted by Nova View Post
    On Kompact Camper's website I found:
    Wheel Torque: 50 ft. lbs.
    Axle Nut Torque: 40 ft. lbs.
    .
    Wheel torque is the lug nuts that hold the tire on, Axle nut would be side where the bearings are....... 40 FT lbs sounds like an awful lot........ I tighten mine with an adjustable wrench, when I have to start asserting any pressure to tighten the nut, While turning the hub all the time, I will tighten till I feel pressure on my wrench, then back off to the next notch for the cotter pin to fit into......

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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    Quote Originally Posted by jobe05 View Post
    Wheel torque is the lug nuts that hold the tire on, Axle nut would be side where the bearings are....... 40 FT lbs sounds like an awful lot........ I tighten mine with an adjustable wrench, when I have to start asserting any pressure to tighten the nut, While turning the hub all the time, I will tighten till I feel pressure on my wrench, then back off to the next notch for the cotter pin to fit into......
    That was a very good catch jobe....40 lbs on the bearing nut would definitely be TOO much...but sounds about right for the wheel lug nuts for that small wheel.

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    Re: Mini Mate Wheel Bearings

    Maybe 40 # and then back off at least one notch. Better to run a little loose than tight. Never heard of torquing the nuts that tight. I snug them up with a channel lock plier and then back off to first notch. The Rollahome I just bought has Dexter axles. I have never seen as many slots in the axle nut for incredibly small adjustments. I think at least 3 notches on each flat of the nut.

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