> A mechanic friend advised me that I was quite insane for packing new
> wheel bearings. He contends that they're ready to go and don't need
> additional grease until the suggested clean/repack time. I countered
> that as he is a machine mechanic, he is probably accustomed to sealed
> bearings. Who's insane here?
Many modern cars do come with "unitized" bearings that are pre-lubed. However,
Triumphs do not. So I'd say neither of you is insane, but your mechanic friend
doesn't know much about Triumphs.
As someone already said, if your Triumph wheel bearings appear greasy, you
should wash it off first. Besides being only a preservative, it may have picked
up dust and grit that will shorten the life of the bearings.