Emergency Wheel Bearing Kit

Discussion in 'Care & Maintenance' started by Randy, May 20, 2017.

  1. Randy

    Randy Junior Ranger Donating Member

    My emergency wheel bearing kit is complete! The case stows nicely in in the underfloor storage. I'm sure I'll never need it but you never know! I'm such a prepper, Michelle thinks I'm nuts and she may be right! :)


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  2. Jean W

    Jean W Junior Ranger Donating Member

    Can you explain the items in the kit? I recognize some of the items, but not all.

  3. Randy

    Randy Junior Ranger Donating Member

  4. Little Patriot

    Little Patriot Junior Ranger Donating Member

    Thank you, Randy, for going to the effort of posting a wheel bearing emergency kit.
    It's one of those things you hope you'll never need, but you're glad to have it in the event that it happens.
    Nothing wrong with being prepared!
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  5. mcjimjam

    mcjimjam Junior Ranger Donating Member

    Good job Randy on putting together this kit. To elaborate on your emergency kit:

    1. Assuming that the small screwdriver is used for removing the cap off the wheel hub, make sure it's a slotted screwdriver.
    2. If you use wire cutters to remove the cotter pins, then make sure you have two new cotter pins in the kit. Another option is to use a set of needle nose pliers to remove the old ones and then straighten them out. The new spindles come with a new design - there is no cotter pin, but a retaining washer that goes over the threaded spindle and has a tab on it that gets pressed into a slot in the new nut to lock the nut in place.
    3. Make sure that you have a tool to remove the old nut and put the new one on. A pair of groove joint pliers will work, or you could carry a socket and ratchet/handle.
    4. A cold chisel might be necessary if the bearing gets seized to the spindle

    For those of you not inclined to make such a repair your self, I would highly recommend that you at least carry the bearing and seal kit so that a repair shop would at least have the parts.

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  6. Randy

    Randy Junior Ranger Donating Member

    Great tips, thanks Jim!
  7. Bear

    Bear Junior Ranger


    Excellent kit! I've had to use such a kit on five different occasions and four of those were along side a road. Odds are if the bearings are going give up the ghost, it is going to happen in the most inconvenient place. So, the one item I don't see in your kit, that may be in your road side emergency kit for the vehicle, is traffic cones or youth soccer cones with reflective tape on them. On coming traffic seldom yield to flashing lights alone. Flares are great and will do the job---and I've used them---but I couldn't use flares on two occasions when I was surrounded by dry grasslands.

    And there you have, my four cents for whatever it is worth.

    Walk in Beauty,

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  8. Excellent. Will share this information with my husband as he had asked about this during our orientation at CI.
    Thank you

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