Remove, Inspect, and Reinstall Trailer Bearings, Race, and Seals Demonstration – etrailer.com
Remove, Inspect, and Reinstall Trailer Bearings, Race, and Seals Demonstration – etrailer.com


This seal has to come out. Every time you pack the bearings you have
to destroy a seal and put a new one in, its just the way works. There are actually two different ways of doing
it, I know that there is a special tool for it, I dont have it, most people dont. What I like to do is take a punch and push
this in a little bit, or actually make a hole in it, so it pulls the seal away from the
edge where you can stick a screwdriver in there, tap it in a few times and pop it out. It is a little bit less stressful on the bearing. The other way of doing it, if you dont have
that, is to take a wooden stake or something like the handle of this and go in though there
and beat it out that way. It puts a lot of wear and tear on the bearing,
but its another way of doing it. I dont know if you can see there or not how
I punched it in and it brought the seal away from the edge. And that is where we will try to work in our
screwdriver. There we go. We will go ahead and get the bearing out and
wipe it down real fast. Makes it a little bit easier to see, rotate
the bearing cage, look for anything that bounces up and down too much. This is almost a continuous line so I think
the cage is pretty good on this one. So we will just keep cleaning it up until
it spins freely. Im looking for little nicks or stuff like
that. Sometimes you can see a little bit of wear,
it is like a dark band here, light band here, dark band here. For the most part that is kind of acceptable,
it is not perfect, but in this case I think it will be fine. If its really dark you definitely want to
change it out because that part of the bearing, this actual roller got overheated, but this
one looks pretty darn good. Then you have to clean out this hub here. Here is something you might want to take a
look at. See these marks on the race. Usually you see that when there is too much
weigh that has been sitting on the bearings, and it sat there for a while. So it made an imprint and you get these dark
bands in there. With something like that, you probably want
to go ahead and replace the race at this point, and since you replace the race you usually
get new bearings with it. So we will go ahead and take out the races
here, and just rebuild the hub at this point. Weve got to take out the races. So what weve got to do is catch the back edge
of this and force it out. Couple of different ways of doing it, most
people just use a nice wide screwdriver and catch the edge of it and wail away. You go alternating sides, just work it out
both sides. Another way of doing it is if youve got a
piece of pipe like this, where it catches most of, or bigger chunk of the circle and
then we have more force going down on it to push down on one side or the other. I like to start it off with a screwdriver
and then finish up with that. Couple more times. And theres the old race. Dont throw this away because well need this
to push the new one back in. We will set that to the side and we will drive
the inner race out through the back side.

27 thoughts on “Remove, Inspect, and Reinstall Trailer Bearings, Race, and Seals Demonstration – etrailer.com”

  1. Rod Walsh says:

    Excellent . thanks for posting it. A great help

  2. Bob G says:

    Another way to get the seal out is to remove the outer bearings, put the nut back on and gently pull hub towards you with the nut pressing against the inner bearing until the inner bearing comes out with the seal.
    In aviation, we have to change bearings or races anytime there is any discoloration. You should only use brass to punch in/out the races to avoid damaging them.

  3. excite236 says:

    doesnt he have proper tools to do this? hes just using whatever works

  4. etrailer.com says:

    We do have the tools, but most people at home who need help with this type of job do not. He is attempting to show first timers the best way to complete the job without the need to buy a garage full of expensive tools. We hope the video was helpful. Thanks.

  5. Crewmax42 says:

    If you are going to re-use the bearings, do you have to replace the race? I seem to remember
    being told that you should use the original race with a reused bearing. Probably just the result of being lazy! Thanks for the video, though. It helps
    to see you using normal everyday tools, too.

  6. Derek Turner says:

    thanks it helped me understand it….

  7. justanotherengine says:

    Wow, Thank-You so much ! I was able to this myself because, of this video, It feel's "GREAT" to do it "Right", I saved Money and time, and most imporantly "I can do it again by myself", I've owned a boat for 20 years and never knew how to do this. A "VALUABLE" video ! Thank's again !

  8. etrailer.com says:

    I'm happy to hear that video was helpful! Let us know if you need further trailer assistance.

  9. Nick Cantrell says:

    BIG THANKS for an extremely helpful video! My outer bearing cage was practically disintegrated!

  10. Spray Man says:

    I had done this once many years ago…this was a great refresher. Very helpful, I'm off to the trailer shop to get all new bearings, washers and races.

  11. johnk1955 says:

    This is a great video for the do-it-yourselfer. Thanks for taking the time to make it!

  12. etrailer.com says:

    @johnk1955 I'm happy this video was helpful to you! Let me know if there is anything else we can help you with.

  13. etrailer.com says:

    @2JAMMY I'm glad it was helpful. Let me know if you ever have any questions about any of the videos!

  14. etrailer.com says:

    @toyotahonda1329 It is possible, however not guaranteed. If you change the hub and bearings out and, depending on the hub, you may need to change the spindle as well, it is possible to change from a 4 lug hub bearing to a 5 lug hub bearing.

  15. Mosby's men says:

    how often do you need to repack the bearings my trailer is several years old but i only make short trips with it , it probally doesnt have 1500 miles on the bearings

  16. etrailer.com says:

    @mosbysmen That really depends. If you are using your trailer rather lightly you can check every once in awhile to see when they look like they need to be replaced. However, they probably should be repacked at least every 3 years or so, to ensure that the grease isn't breaking down. If you use you trailer frequently, it is a good idea to repack the bearings every year. Let me know if you have any other questions.

  17. etrailer.com says:

    @medfield17 If you can find the dimensions of your race, you should be able to replace it. If you visit etrailer(dot)com and find the Trailer Bearings and Races section, the races are listed by their outer diameter (OD) you should be able to find a race that would work. If you have any other questions, please don't hesitate to ask.

  18. emoneyblue says:

    Great video, Thanks for sharing

  19. Stephen Bird says:

    Good on ya. Easy to follow, so us non mechanics can easily repeat. I knew it shouldn't be too hard and you showed it isn't. I will do my own bearings from now for sure.

  20. Dan Reed says:

    A good teacher makes the task at hand simple regardless of the subject. Thanks for helping the little light bulb going off above my head.. I was able to rebuild my hubs and I was surprised how easy it actually was.

  21. coffeefish says:

    Hey boss, get this guy some tools maybe?

  22. Lee Rivenbark says:

    Doing this tomorrow morning. Thank you for the step by step and for demonstrating this with everyday tools that I already have in my shop.

  23. etrailer.com says:

    Glad we could help! How did it go? Feel free to leave a review on our site, you can click on the link above in the description. Please let us know if you have any other comments or questions, we're happy to help.

  24. Russ Asman says:

    I'm a big etrailer fan. Thanks for the helpful video!

  25. Martinitram100 says:

    Another "animal" procedure…really surprised to see this offered as "an acceptable method" from etrailer.  Wow.  (…and, yes, I too am a loyal etrailer fan.)

  26. etrailer.com says:

    @Martintram100 – We've gotten a lot of questions and comments on this video over the years and for good reason. This is not the "textbook" method, not the most polished by any means. It's rough and imperfect. We shot this one for the guy that doesn't have all the proper tools, but is going to use what he has handy. Love it or hate it, the job gets done with a low required tool threshold. The simple fact is, this is how most of the trailer maintenance DIYers end up doing it.

  27. smoberdeen says:

    OMG! A claw hammer to beat on a pipe to drive a bearing cup out? I get it. You're showing people who don't have the correct tools how to still get the job done. Nice video. It's hard to argue with success.

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