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Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing #4807372
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A friend of mine has a Mercury Cougar with a bad front hub bearing. To save time and money we are going to get a used hub. I was wondering about lubricating the bearing. Would there be any benefit to putting some gear oil around the lip and let it seep into the race. I know some greases are not compatible with each other. Is it the same thing here?

Re: Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing [Re: ET16] #4807378
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Forget it, don't try to lubricate it, it was not meant to use oil as a lube.


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Remove the wheel sensor and pump some grease into the hole.

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Re: Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing [Re: krismoriah72] #4807472
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Get the youngest junkyard bearing you can. No young ones? Buy a new one.

Consider the time to do it twice. Consider the immorality if you're dumping the car.

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Re: Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing [Re: ET16] #4807478
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Man for the labor time and disassembly, its not worth a used part. Go new.


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Re: Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing [Re: Warstud] #4807513
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Originally Posted By: Warstud



Now that is interesting , and if the bearings are not already shot, could be worth a try. But only if you don't have to take the hub off the vehicle. If I take the hub off, its getting a new timken or skf.

Unless i'm wrong, a lot of times the ABS sensor bolts snap off in the hub and you will need a new one anyway.


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Re: Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing [Re: spasm3] #4807625
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Originally Posted By: spasm3
Man for the labor time and disassembly, its not worth a used part. Go new.


From what I read, there is a lot of labor with going new; the spindle has to come off, and the old bearing has to be pressed out. Many of the new bearings don't last long, too.

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Thanks for the video warstud. A helper turning the hub WHILE you added the grease might make the greasing more even.

Or it's no big deal.

I could still hear it revolve even after your second round of grease. It'd be so cool if it did go another 100K.

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I need to do that on my own Truck.

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Then definitely tell us how it works out. I gotta say the idea is appealing (greasing things which should be greased).

BTW: Why do they make these things ungreaseable? I think that's inherently dishonest.

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Just buy a new one. Cheaper probably than the junk yard. I put two new Timken hubs on my Mustang yesterday. They were so cheap on amazon.


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Re: Lubricating Sealed Hub Bearing [Re: Kira] #4808098
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Originally Posted By: Kira
Then definitely tell us how it works out. I gotta say the idea is appealing (greasing things which should be greased).

BTW: Why do they make these things ungreaseable? I think that's inherently dishonest.


I think its more likely they are worried about sealing issues and user error shortening the life of a part they warranty.
Just from my own experience I don't grease things like this or puncture boots with needles, it could easily result in a redo on my dime.

I guess it depends on which end of the business you look at things when deciding what to do, there is what you can do vs what you should do to fix it right the first time.


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I find the adding grease through the sensor port interesting. How would you pick a grease? If its incompatible, won't you kill the bearing for sure? No way to know what the oem grease is.

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