Bus Conversions dot Com Bulletin Board
December 21, 2014, 02:38:06 AM *
Welcome, Guest. Please login or register.

Login with username, password and session length
News: If you had an Online Subscription: It will not be stolen by your mailman or your neighbor who also may be into buses.
   Home   Help Forum Rules Search Calendar Login Register BCM Home Page Contact BCM  
Pages: 1 [2]  All   Go Down
  Print  
Author Topic: Greasing wheel bearings on a 4104. Can I just squeeze some grease in there ?  (Read 4045 times)
Charles in SC
Sr. Member
****
Offline Offline

Posts: 316




Ignore
« Reply #15 on: August 29, 2007, 06:53:50 PM »

Another thing that has not been mentioned is, do you have a busnut friend that you trust to make this kind of decision with you? You might take them with you to help you make your call.
Logged

S8M 5303 built in 1969, converted in 2000
Barn Owl
Roanoke, VA
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 2051


PD4106-1063 "Wheezy Bus"




Ignore
« Reply #16 on: August 29, 2007, 09:55:17 PM »

When I bought my bus I didn’t know about greased rear axle bearings. It had sat for 10yrs and my parents drove it ~3000 miles before they got it to my house. I have taken it on several trips without a problem this year but I am going to repack the rear bearings over the winter. Just drive down the road a mile or two and check the temperature of the wheel bearings. If they are normal, go ten or twenty, and check again. If all is OK then drive it home and service them at you convenience over the winter. My front bearings are oil bath so they were easy to check.

Good luck and have fun,

Laryn
Logged

L. Christley - W3EYE Amateur Extra
Blue Ridge Mountains, S.W. Virginia
It’s the education gained, and the ability to apply, and share, what we learn.
Have fun, be great, that way you have Great Fun!
JohnEd
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4571




Ignore
« Reply #17 on: September 01, 2007, 09:20:26 PM »

Many years ago I was driving through S.D. at night in late Oct.  I was driving my Winnie S&S Bago.  That old girl was pulled along by the famous Dodge 440 and she gave me 9 mpg once and I got 8 very often.  Great old girl, Wendy.  To get that kind of milage I had to pay a lot of attn to my vac gauge and I knew to the pound what she should be doing in different circumstances.  That night I noted that she was a pound to a pound and a half low on vac.  I checked my level gauge bubble and it said level ground and that meant the vac was really off a tad.  I pulled over in the middle of nowhere and walked around the girl feeling my rims for heat to see if I had a brake drum dragging.  At the right rear I noticed some heat but it wasn't the drum or rim so much as it was the HUB.  I thought "BEARING" and then drove at 25 mph till I got to Souix City(I think).  The shop confirmed that I had a bad bearing and the mgr. said that was the first time he had ever seen anybody "catch it" and niot lunch the entire thing before stopping.

Get one of those ir point and shoot temp gauges and find out how much the hub should run over ambient and if you find an axel warming up you can bet some maint is in order at the very first opportunity.  Gotta get the right numbers for a normal wheel first.  I have found a lot of uses for the thermo.

If it were me I would drive it a few miles and check for heat.  Then a while on the freeway and check for heat....you get it.

Good luck,

John
Logged

"An uneducated vote is a treasonous act more damaging than any treachery of the battlefield.
The price of apathy towards public affairs is to be ruled by evil men." Plato
“We can easily forgive a child who is afraid of the dark; the real tragedy of life is when men are afraid of the light.”
—Pla
zubzub
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 1168


'53 4104. Roadworthy but rough around the edges.


WWW

Ignore
« Reply #18 on: September 02, 2007, 12:08:58 AM »

Thanks, this is the 2nd post with the suggestion of checking for heat. makes sense to me.  A simple not fool proof plan that will alow me to do the bearings when I get home.  Patrick.
Logged

JackConrad
Orange Blossom Special II
Global Moderator
Hero Member
*****
Offline Offline

Posts: 4447


73' MC-8 8V71/HT740 Southwest Florida


WWW
« Reply #19 on: September 02, 2007, 06:26:56 AM »

A couple tips when using a IR temp gun.  Get the gun within a few inches of the hub to be sure you are reading only the hub. Other factors can affect the readings you get.  If you are going north at 3 PM on a hot sunny day, the left hub reading will probably be a little hotter than the right.  Heavy stop & go traffic will cause an increase in hub temps as the heat from the brakes transfers into the hubs.  Jack
Logged

Growing Older Is Mandatory, Growing Up Is Optional
Arcadia, Florida, When we are home
http://s682.photobucket.com/albums/vv186/OBS-JC/
Pages: 1 [2]  All   Go Up
  Print  
 
Jump to:  

Powered by MySQL Powered by PHP Powered by SMF 1.1.18 | SMF © 2013, Simple Machines Valid XHTML 1.0! Valid CSS!