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Use or don’t use Dexter E-Z Lube?

If you have questions, we have answers! Join us LIVE every Wednesday @ 4 p.m. PST (7 p.m. EST) for Talkin’ RV Tech. Here is a short from one of our recent shows where one of our viewers has heard conflicting information on Dexter E-Z Lube® and wonders if she should use it or not. She says there is conflicting information online. So, what do we think?

To use or not to use the Dexter E-Z Lube?

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Wheel bearing pack service

A wheel bearing pack service is recommended every 12 months or every 12,000 miles, whichever comes first. Whether you are a DIY guy or gal or you utilize an RV repair shop, be sure to get this service done if your RV is due (based on mileage and/or time) or question the functionality of your brakes.

A thorough service will include:

  • Inspection of brakes and bearings for wear or damage
  • Cleaning and repacking of wheel bearings and replacing the seals
  • Cleaning and adjusting the brake shoes as well as testing the operation
  • Adjusting tire pressure and torquing wheels to specifications
  • Inspecting shackle links, springs, hangers, all welds and wiring at axles

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Gary Stone
1 month ago

We’re going on 10 years with the same single axle trailer with the Dexter EZ Lube. I alternate years using the EZ Lube and old school repacking. The EZ Lube is OK, but will never replace a hands-on repacking and inspection. You cannot visually inspect the races, bearings and spindle just doing the EZ Lube. As far as blowing out the rear seal…never happened with me. I slowly spin the wheel while pumping the grease in, and pump very slowly. Too much aggressive pumping will surely blow that seal.

Thomas D
1 month ago

Did you spin the wheel as you added grease? If not ,your are asking for trouble.
And why do this every year? When I sold my 1977 Suburban in 2003 the wheel bearings had never been touched.
My present truck is 12 years old with 135k on it. Never touched BRAKES nor bearings
Stay out of the water or re pack bearings.

Snoopy
1 month ago

Been packing wheel bearing for like 50 years. I used to own a ’69 CJ-5 Jeep that also had a rear full floating rear axel meaning it also had wheel bearings, had to clean & re-pack 8 wheel bearings. It was a major job to do as there is a lot you have to take apart & put back together. I gave that Jeep to my Son about 10 years ago & now he packs them by hand! I learned that in High school auto class on a 49 Dodge as that was what we all practiced on for every thing! Actually I made a wheel bearing packer that made the packing easier, but it got grease between all the roller bearings & cleared out the old grease! Never gave that greaser to my son!
Snoopy

Richard Pendleton
1 month ago

I packed my bearings ONE TIME with the EZ lube system when my fifth wheel was new. I performed the procedure EXACTLY as specified by Dexter. I ended up with grease all over the inside of one wheel ruining the brake shoes and other hardware. I have packed my bearings manually ever since then, with no issues. Brake shoes, magnets, etc. can only be visually inspected when doing a manual packing.

Tom Hosack
1 month ago

In April of 2021 I picked up my New Current trailer. That season the trailer traveled about 9500 miles. In the spring of 2022 I I set about manually repacking the bearings. Much to my surprise I found grease in all four break drums which leaked through the grease seals. I Never used the EZ lube feature. So somewhere along the line somebody did and did so incorrectly. It was either Dexter, the trailer manufacturer or the dealer. You would think that these 3 parties would know how to correctly use the system.

Crowman
1 month ago

If you use a stiff grease like Mobil 1 synthetic it will push the rear seals right out allowing grease in the brake drum. Ask me how I know and Dexter told me when I called that it can be a problem.

Dan
1 month ago

I used to use something similar called Bearing Buddy on a Jet Ski trailer that went to races every weekend. After one season I returned to manual packing because I found water inside. Also, the grease was starting to solidify. If I didn’t take it apart and look at it, I wouldn’t have seen that. It’s not a hard task to perform. Buying a $20 packer helps make it easier, or just pay someone to do it for you.

Bob p
1 month ago

If you don’t take it apart and check it the grease will harden and form a blockage where the old grease is supposed to work it’s way back to the front causing the new grease to push the seal on the back out and grease the brakes, not good!

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