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Re: [oletrucks] oletruck maintenance schedule

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Subject: Re: [oletrucks] oletruck maintenance schedule
From: MarkNoakes@aol.com
Date: Thu, 15 Mar 2001 03:52:50 EST
1--Get a shop manual from one of the many old truck parts vendors.

2--"Cross" rotating tires was for the days when bias ply tires were around.  
If you now run radials, only rotate front to back, back to front.  The story 
is that running radials in opposite rotations like that can cause belt 
separation.  If you're using bias plys, then the owner's manual is correct.

3--Packing the wheel bearings is pretty easy if messy.  The 58 shop manual 
says, "remove the front wheels [and implied is also taking off the spindle 
nut and hub], apply 1/16" of wheel bearing lubricant on the spindle hub and 
[also] knead it, by hand, into the bearings".  I've always cleaned the 
bearings in gasoline before repacking.  I notice that a quick glance at the 
shop manual says that the bearing adjustment is 33 ft-lbs and that the hub 
should be rotated while tightening. . .this is for the TF trucks; I would 
guess the AD's are similar.  I have always just gone by feel and how freely 
the wheel moves and have never had any trouble.  My dad showed me 30 years 
ago. . . 

4--You shouldn't have to flush the cooling system that often now; the biggest 
issue will be how much corrosion has already been built up.  Use a good grade 
antifreeze and it should last for several years at least (some now claim 
5yr/100K miles).  Never go to the max that is claimed and you should be ok.

Mark Noakes
Knoxville, TN
58/56 Chevy Suburban
59 GMC Suburban

In a message dated 3/14/01 4:43:51 PM, lloydt@Colorado.EDU writes:


I'm trying to put together a maintenance schedule for my 1954 Chevy
pickup, and I was wondering if any of you had any items to add to this
list, or changes I should make:

Lube Chassis - every 1000 miles
Change Oil - every 2000 miles
Clean Air Cleaner - every 2000 miles
Clean Spark Plugs - every 5000 miles
Cross-Change Tires - every 5000 miles
Tune Engine - every 5000 miles
Pack Front Wheel Bearings - every 10,000 miles
Adjust Brakes - every 5000 miles
Flush Cooling System - Spring, Fall

The list is from my Operators Manual.  Any additions?

By the way, where would one go or what would one do to get one's front
wheel bearings packed? >>
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