The method that was taught to me is the following:
Scoop a couple fingers full of grease into the palm of one of your
Hold the bearing with the outside of the bearing facing down and press
the bearing into the edge of the pile of grease in your other hand.
Repeat this step as many times as necessary until you start to see the
grease come out of the top of the bearing.
Rotate the bearing slightly to start packing a new area of the
Repeat as necessary until bearing is completely packed.
71 TR6 (Throttle Body Injection!)
From: Don Malling <firstname.lastname@example.org>
To: email@example.com; 6-Pack <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sat, 09 Jul 2005 20:25:53 -0400
Subject: Re: Pack new wheel bearings?
>>We yanked a hub and he agrees the bearings needed to packed. But he
>>said my hub had too much grease. My calipers and hub exterior are
>>clean, the workshop manual says partially fill the hub with
> > > I believe the idea was for the excess grease to form a "dam", to
> liquefied grease in the bearing when it gets hot. However, I also
> not necessary with modern greases, they don't liquefy the way the
old ones did.
> > >> How much is partially full? Any guideline to follow? May
>>as well be sure as the hub is off now.
> > > You didn't have "too much" before, since it wasn't being thrown
out. More than
> enough, perhaps, but not too much. If you don't leave at least some
> the grease will get squeezed out through the seals. And it's
> remove all the old grease when repacking, even from the hub.
> > Personally, I just pack the bearing full and leave it at that. A
> inside the hub and on the spindle, to prevent corrosion, is all I
use. But be
> sure to work grease into all the little spaces between the rollers
> bearing, and smear a thick layer on the outside, before assembling.
> > Randall
Thanks for all the posts to the list on this subject. I'm about to
repack my wheel bearings for the first time and welcomed the
I never understood all that extra grease in the hubs. Good to know
it's not necessary.
Some time back there was a discussion about the technique for packing
them. How to scoop the grease in with your hand/fingers etc. Anyone
care to refresh my memory on all that, or just pack it in any old way?