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Old 01-06-2007, 06:15 PM
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I had a trailer bearing to fail and when I took the hub off I found some scarring, mainly on the underside of the spindle on the outside end of the spindle where the outside bearing goes. Can I use some emory cloth to smooth it out or should I leave it alone since the replacement bearing seams to still fit. I don't know if this makes any diffierence but the spindle takes a 1 3/8" inner bearing and a 1" outer bearing.
Old 01-06-2007, 06:23 PM
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If the bearing still fits, you're better off leaving it as is. If you do use emery or a file, you run the risk of getting abrasive material or filings into the bearings. The bearing should remain fixed on the spindle and should not rotate, so the damage should hurt nothing.
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Old 01-06-2007, 06:52 PM
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Default RE: damaged trailer spindle

gatarponseeker - 1/6/2007 5:15 PM

I had a trailer bearing to fail and when I took the hub off I found some scarring, mainly on the underside of the spindle on the outside end of the spindle where the outside bearing goes. Can I use some emory cloth to smooth it out or should I leave it alone since the replacement bearing seams to still fit. I don't know if this makes any diffierence but the spindle takes a 1 3/8" inner bearing and a 1" outer bearing.
If the scarring is where the bearing contacts the spindle then I would say you should smooth it out. Clean the spindle surface up afterwards with a rag and solvent so you don't end up with debris in the bearing
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Default RE: damaged trailer spindle

This has always puzzled me. But I'm with Kerno on this. If the bearing fits on the spindle, and the surface the bearing rides on is the race in the hub, then I don't think it means jack-squat what the spindle looks like. ;?

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