Grease Is The Word!

Posted by on June 17, 2013

Michael & Bob started work on the tires/hubs/bearings/brakes just after 8:00 am.  First thing they did was hook the truck up to the coach to give that much more stability and support for when they raised the coach up enough to remove the tires.

Hitched up

Hitched up

Bob's an excellent instructor

Bob’s an excellent instructor

They started with the back door-side tire.  They loosened the lug nuts and removed the tire.  Once the tire was removed they had access to all the little parts within the hub.  They removed each part in turn, cleaning the old black grease from the part.  (The grease should not be black…if it’s black it means that its breaking down)  When they got to the small bearing they found that there were char marks on the inside, which Bob suggested be replaced since there should be no char marks at all and shows that the bearing has been getting too hot.  The larger bearing was in good shape and didn’t need to be replaced.

Loosening the lugnuts

Loosening the lugnuts

Washer covered with dirty, black grease

Washer covered with dirty, black grease

Small bearing covered with gunk

Small bearing covered with gunk

Small bearing - cleaned up enough that you can see that the inner ring has char marks on it

Small bearing – cleaned up enough that you can see that the inner ring has char marks on it

Moving on, they pulled the hub off which gave them a good view of the brakes.  They found that the adjuster had been loose inside the hub and came off along with the hub.  On close inspection they found that the adjuster had been worn away in several areas which means that it wasn’t working at all and we had no trailer brakes on that tire at all.  They also found that the magnet was worn and need to be replaced as well.  Off to MO Trailer they went to get the needed parts.

The brake adjuster - Right is the old and on the left is the new.  A wee bit of a difference, eh?

The brake adjuster – Right is the old and on the left is the new. A wee bit of a difference, eh?

The old magnet....

The old magnet….

....the new magnet.  There should be 4 recognizable holes.  Our were completely worn off.

….the new magnet. There should be 4 recognizable holes. Our were completely worn off.

While the boys went off to get parts I went over to Jim’s for breakfast.  Jim & Nancy were gracious enough to have the rally ‘core team’ (those of us that have been here for over a week to help set up and do whatever has been needed to be done) over for breakfast.  Unfortunately, Michael wasn’t able to make it but I went and enjoyed myself.  After everyone had left I met briefly with Jim & Nancy to go over some last minute details for the Leisure Time Activities program.

Breakfast at Jim & Nancy's

Breakfast at Jim & Nancy’s

When Michael & Bob got back they went back to work installing the new magnet, brake adjuster and spring.  When they had that completed they were able to move onto packing the bearings and reassembling the whole she-bang.  Unfortunately, once they got everything reassembled the brakes didn’t work.  They tried several things and made adjustments but to no avail.  They decided to move on to the next tire and found that the small bearing on that tire needed to be replaced as well.  The brakes on this tire looked good…however, once they tried the brakes they found out that they weren’t working either.  Once again, they tried several fixes and adjustments and the brakes still didn’t work.  At this point they decided to see if the off-door side brakes worked…they didn’t!  So while we are here at the rally and Dexter is here Michael will be checking with them to see if they have any suggestions as to what the problem may be.

The newly repaired brake assembly with magnet, adjuster & spring in place.

The newly repaired brake assembly with magnet, adjuster & spring in place.

Pulling all the old nasty grease out of the hub

Pulling all the old nasty grease out of the hub

The hub cleaned of the majority of the old grease

The hub cleaned of the majority of the old grease

Preparing to pack the small bearing

Preparing to pack the small bearing

Small bearing packed with clean grease

Small bearing packed with clean grease

Large bearing inserted and greased

Large bearing inserted and greased

Everything reassembled and mounted back on the axle.

Everything reassembled and mounted back on the axle.

While Mike & Bob were busy working on the coach I was over at the History Room where the Leisure Time Activities will take place.  I set up the room and readied it for a meeting I was have at 3:00 pm.  The meeting went smoothly and I was able to meet each of my presenters in person as several I had only met via email.  The Leisure Time Activities begin tomorrow morning at 9:00 am with Wake Up Workout being the first class.  We have 20 presentations and 12 presenters spread out over 4 days….keep your fingers crossed that everything goes smoothly, please!

History room set up and ready to go

History room set up and ready to go

Meeting in progress

Meeting in progress

When I got home from my LTA meeting about 4:25 pm Michael was cleaning up (grease everywhere!).  He and Bob had been able to finish both of the door-side tires.  The other 2 will get taken care of while we are relaxing in Ohio when we leave here.

We decided to go to The Little American for dinner as we’ve had a lot of people tell us how good it is.  We ended up pulling in right behind Dave Y & Julie H. and ended up sharing a table with them.  We had a great time chatting and getting to know them better and the food was very good.  Michael & I each ordered breakfast while Dave & Julie each got a burger.

No golf cart ride tonight as we just wanted to relax after a long day and get ready for the busy week ahead.

 

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