Kent and I are describing the same process but using different terms.
Top and bottom of the bearing isnt refering to a clock face but rather
the front and back of the bearing. This process is hard to describe
with words but very simple to understand if seen. Lets assume we are
talking about an outer front wheel bearing. If you can picture sliding
the wheel bearing onto the spindle and into the race on the hub then
for my description I am saying that you are sliding the front of the
bearing onto the spindle, leaving the rear of the bearing facing you.
Using that orientation of the bearing, if you pull the bearing off and
start to pack it with the grease on your other hand, you will start
pressing the bearing, back first, into your palm, along the edge of the
grease slowly filling the bearing spaces with grease. Repeat until you
see the grease starts to come out of the front of the bearing(since you
are pressing the back into your palm the front is face up). Now, using
the clock face as a reference, if you started at 12 then rotate the
bearing in your hand so that 1 or 2 o'clock is now the part of the
bearing that is being pressed into grease. Continue the process of
rotating and pressing until the grease is packed around the bearing
Does this make sense?
If it doesnt, let me know and I will take a very short video and send
it to you so that you can see EXACTLY what I mean.
71 TR6 (Throttle Body Injection!)
From: Don Malling <email@example.com>
To: firstname.lastname@example.org <email@example.com>
Cc: Aaron Cropley <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Sent: Sun, 10 Jul 2005 09:12:44 -0400
Subject: Re: Pack new wheel bearings?
> I was taught by the "old" guys when I worked in a Standard Station
35 years ago. Take and put a wad of wheel bearing grease in one palm.
(MAKE SURE it is Wheel Bearing Grease! - There is a difference). With
the other hand, if room stick a finger through the bearing with the
large end out, and at the egde of the grease, press the race egde down
into just the edge of the wad of grease pressing it hard againt your
palm. It's like your cutting the grease with just the race at the edge
of the wad of grease and pressing it firmly into your palm, even
pulling it back from the grease. Keep cutting the grease and pressing
until you see strings of grease sliding out of the top of the race from
between the rollers. Turn the bearing on your finger and contiune until
you've worked your way all around the bearing. Make sure the grease
slides out the top from between the rollers all the way around. Put a
good coating around the outside of the bearing and place it in the
the back bearing, put in the seal, etc, etc, etc. It's easier to show
you than tell you, but when you see the grease coming out of the top,
you'll know you're doing it right. It takes time so just relax and
enjoy , Kent Shrack Lawrence KS
Not sure I understand this. Tops and bottoms...
Lets say the bearing is a clock face. Lets say that the bottom is at
6:00 and I'm pushing the 6:00 edge into the grease in my hand. Are you
saying that after I do this for a while, rotating the bearing as I go,
eventullly when I push more grease into the "bottom" at 6:00, grease
will come out the top at 12:00?