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Old 10-25-2020, 11:08 AM
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"IF" you "bell" out the hub is is EASILY fixed by taking a center punch and put dimples inside the hub where the Bearing Buddy will be installed. By hammering the center punch into the inside of the hub it raises the area around the dimples to make that area smaller thus forming a tighter fit. We have used this method to get bearing races to seat better inside the hub when needed.
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Old 10-25-2020, 03:48 PM
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Tried that trick on the original hubs for the trailer. I was losing a lot of Bearing Buddies on the road. Still would fling them off after a bit. The best solution - just buy new hubs. At the time, they were cheap at the local Northern Tool. Hmmm..something to verify over the long winter, just in case.....
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Old 10-26-2020, 10:43 AM
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GBS,
Removing the bell that has been formed on the hub of a trailer hub works absolutely to insure that the bearing buddies stay on the trailer wheel hub.

Good luck
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Old 10-26-2020, 06:00 PM
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Then, began to pry the bearing buddy or dust cover off of the hub by pushing or pulling on both screwdrivers at the same time.

Guess you have never been told that a screwdriver is not a prybar.
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To restore the end of the hub to a none flared out shape, a heavy hammer is your best friend.

Then, with that side of the hub rotated to the top side, give the hub a good wack with the heavy hammer.

Have you ever checked the ID on the "restored" end of the hub for out of roundness when you get done with the hammer?

If it is the least bit out of round, that means there is a gap for water intrusion.




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Oh I'm sure you have never had a problem after beating on the hub. You are just that good with a hammer.
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Old 10-31-2020, 05:21 PM
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I take a center punch before I reinstall center punch 4 or 5 spots, itís over!
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Old 11-01-2020, 05:11 AM
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GBS,
Removing the bell that has been formed on the hub of a trailer hub works absolutely to insure that the bearing buddies stay on the trailer wheel hub.

Good luck

If the pressure relief on Bearing Buddies were reliable ,this would not even be a problem. Same reason why they blow out the inner seals.

If you go as far as replacing the hubs, might consider changing to a "Super Lube" type of hub such as the one from "Tie Down" ,with the Zerk on the rear. For any standard axle, it's the next best thing to a Dexter system. Benefit: No more disassembly to keep completely repacked with fresh grease. ..and no more crappy Bearing Buddies !!

Fill with Lucas Calcium Sulfonate Marine Grease (,or if you prefer a Lithium Complex type ,Lucas "Red and Tacky") Then STAY with (don't mix) the type you choose. Simply flush with fresh annually, all your bearing/hub issues will disappear. Only time you need ever disassemble is if and when it's time for new inner seals. Normally that would be many years.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9LdO-ZFCzdU
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