the current wheel bearings in my trailer are 17 years old and have been flawless...gotta have 40k miles on her easy.
so I asked for usa made timkin wheel bearings and got this..
what exactly are they saying here??
They are saying they have assembled chinese parts without saying so?
so im going to say its almost impossible to get usa made and assembled wheel bearings anymore?
I hate to say it but look at the NSK Japanese bearings.
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You're going to have to give up your old standards and accept the new. That is, America is no longer a manufacturing economy, it's a consumer economy. Of course I'll be admonished by the buy American proponents, which is an admirable position, but when the underlying fundamentals don't support made in America then you're fighting a losing battle. Oh, good luck with those bearings.
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Revisit this post https://drr.infopop.cc/eve/foru...0760912/m/4167057196
Last year I purchased new Timken races and bearings from RockAuto for my 2003 Featherlite trailer (100k miles). Although the new races and bearings are marked USA, the box does say Made in US W/US & Imported Content.
The original races were China made and the bearings were from Romania.
The company changed its corporate structure in 2014; the roller bearing-producing part of the company was separated from the steel-producing part of the company, resulting in two separate companies. The Timken Company continues to manufacture roller bearings, while TimkenSteel produces steel. Who knows what you get these days.
Rest assured. You buy any new race trailer. 100 to one it will be a foreign manufactured bearing. They have you by the *lls. So much for the Made in the USA. I only use the Delo® Syn-Grease SFE EP on the axle bearing work i do. Set the preload properly. If i had an option to switch to an oil bath . Yes sir. I have been on enough brake fires. Doesn't matter. Both oil and grease will "Cook"This message has been edited. Last edited by: TD3550,
I redone my trailer brakes over the winter. The hubs were dexter made in USA. I tried to find USA bearings with no luck. Everything is chink made. I cleaned and saved the old ones to carry for spares when the chink ones quit.
the problem is my spindles are non replaceable...so if I burn up a bearing badly I have to replace the whole axle
Exact Same outer spindle bearing # as in mine.
mark what was your inner number and seal...probably the same
Mine has 12” brake drums.
Double lip grease seal 2.250" I.D. 3.376" O.D. Many different manufactures numbers. Mine says GS-2250DL
TIMKEN 25580 / 25520 inner , TIMKEN LM67048 / LM67010 outer.
At my company, we have been using NTN Bower bearings. They are USA made. The new trucks we're buying have Hyatt bearings in them, made in china....100% failure rate. We have TSB's out to change them the first time the wheel end is serviced. We used to run Timken, but again the failure rate of the bearings fell outside the corporate mandate allowable tolerance....
The NTN Bower bearings have been doing very well so far, it's been about 4 years since the change. I don't know if they make trailer bearings, but I'd have to think they do.
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I have never had any call backs on the NTN with the trucks.
Here is an interchange for them.
If i get an axle that is toast, i just call the original axle surgeon. Wack the bad boy off and install a new axle end. Better than new.
Yes, they offer the Dexter trailer bearings that I listed and many distributors close to me. Great info from TD3550 posted link. Thanks !!
Hope it helps some.
There's a trick that I do and learned from an old mechanic about 40+ years ago.
He would put 30 weight oil in a pot, set it for about 200 degrees on a electric burner and put bearings and races in for the better part of a work day. He then would turn off the heat and let them sit til the next day and install them with regular bearing grease. I have never had a bearing failure on anything doing this trick. I always do this even if I am just cleaning and repacking a set of bearings. Beats me why it works but I'm not going to give up on it.
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