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Old 09-07-2018, 01:46 PM   #1
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I am looking for a wheel bearing packer. I bought a metal unit in the $20 range, and it's garbage. Grease squishes everywhere except into the bearing. Any brand preferences out there?
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:41 PM   #2
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Look down, you got the best one right in your hands, just scoop some grease in your hand
and pull the back side of the bearing into it until the grease comes out the front then wipe some around the front of the bearing, done. Plus you'll always know where the tool is.
If you don't like the grease on your hands use latex gloves.
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:48 PM   #3
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I was taught to use my hand also. Never had a bearing fail.
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Old 09-07-2018, 02:58 PM   #4
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I am looking for a wheel bearing packer. I bought a metal unit in the $20 range, and it's garbage. Grease squishes everywhere except into the bearing. Any brand preferences out there?
If I had a garage that worked on many customers cars I would buy a wheel bearing packer. As I need to do this so rarely on my personal cars, I just pack them by hand.

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Old 09-07-2018, 03:02 PM   #5
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I have always packed wheel bearings by hand. Just squish it thru. Never had an issue.
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Old 09-07-2018, 03:39 PM   #6
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Buy a box of zip lock sandwich size bags

1. put the grease in a plastic zip lock bag
2. throw the bearing in
3. squish the air out of the bag
4. zip the bag shut and work the bag by hand to force the grease into bearing
5. unzip the bag remove the bearing
6. throw another bearing in, more grease and repeat.

Works for me on the tapered roller bearings
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Old 09-07-2018, 09:05 PM   #7
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KD 2775 ----might be a little more $, have been using same one for over 25 years, the Lisle 34550 might be in your price range but the plunger isn't adjustable to protrude more as the grease level gets lower

then there are the real cheap 2 metal cones that screw together that are near worthlsess if you want something quick and easy
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Old 09-08-2018, 04:00 AM   #8
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I used the packer with plastic cones once and went back to hand packing. The packer is available as a gift.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:09 AM   #9
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They make Needle for greasing CV joints through the rubber. Just insert it between each ball.
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:18 AM   #10
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This one made by Lisle works very good
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Old 09-08-2018, 02:08 PM   #11
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I use latex gloves. When I was younger I worked at a garage, and suggested that we buy one for the shop. Here's the deal, that grease in tubes is not the same spec. It's inadequate. Ever compare the grease spec for a ford? They proved their point with me, that's for sure.
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Old 09-08-2018, 03:45 PM   #12
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Grease in tubes now most are chassis and wheel bearing approved. I only use Lucas Red and Tacky approved for both.
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Old 09-08-2018, 05:09 PM   #13
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The Lisle packer work great! I also use it to re-pack throw-out bearings. Call me a cheapo but I haven't had to buy a new one in 60 years!
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Old 09-08-2018, 06:05 PM   #14
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Unless you live in California (where everything known to man will kill you LOL) , hands work great. But I have one of those old bearing packers. Just easier to use my hands (no gloves) and wipe/wash up after.
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I use latex gloves. When I was younger I worked at a garage, and suggested that we buy one for the shop. Here's the deal, that grease in tubes is not the same spec. It's inadequate. Ever compare the grease spec for a ford? They proved their point with me, that's for sure.
I've used chassis grease for wheel bearings for 50 odd years and never had a problem w/it. The problem I find with wheel bearing grease is that it gets so stiff in the cold weather that the wheels don't want to rotate.
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:31 PM   #16
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I've always done mine by hand, too, but one time I thought I'd take them to a real mechanic and get a professional job done with the "right equipment." I stood there and watched as he packed them by hand, and then charged me five bucks!
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Old 09-09-2018, 03:44 PM   #17
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Pack them by hand. Always remove all solvents before packing or you will dilute the grease.
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Old 09-09-2018, 10:57 PM   #18
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I've always done mine by hand, too, but one time I thought I'd take them to a real mechanic and get a professional job done with the "right equipment." I stood there and watched as he packed them by hand, and then charged me five bucks!
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When I was in the USAF we packed wheel bearings by hand
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