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SUBJECT: # 13544: How do you determine appropriate bearing seal?

Submitted by Caht1#13502 ( from ALABAMA on 7/18/2011 9:18:00 PM

I have a 1983 16' Bass Tracker that I bought used. The trailer has been painted an I cannot find the serial number. I went to repack the bearings and the bearing seal that was on there was worn so bad there was no rubber anymore and there is no model number on the metal. I have a feeling that the seal was not correct to begin with as I have other seals from other trailers that appear similar but are real loose on the axel when I slide them on there. Is there a way to determine the appropriate seal?

I will have to get some calipers for accurate measurements but the outer portion of the axel is straight shank then where the seal is increases in diameter by about one half inch. Stupid question but does the seal go over the thicker diameter portion or up against the lip? Thanks

  1. 7/19/2011 12:15:00 AM Submitted by Jeff Hahn from OH says Seals
    Take the old seal to a reputable auto parts store and they should be able to match it for you. The seal goes up and sits on the larger/thicker portion of the axle.

    Jeff Hahn

  2. 7/19/2011 9:03:00 AM Submitted by RonU from IL says Double lip seals
    Make sure you get DOUBLE LIP seals. Most auto parts stores will give you single lip seals and you'll get water in your grease. I buy my bearing and seals at Motion Industries, use to be Berry Bearing. Use Marine grease also. GOOR LUCK RonU

  3. 7/19/2011 5:47:00 PM Submitted by Alex from GA #10518 from GA says Check this page. You will need to measure your axle and hub so get the calipers.

  4. 7/19/2011 9:51:00 PM Submitted by Caht1 #13502 from AL says Thanks
    I appreciate the responses. After trying to piece together the remains of the seal that was on it, I am confident it was not the correct seal to begin with. I decided to try the seal listed on the Champion page that best fits what I think the axel is (great link by the way Alex). I will let you know how it goes. Thanks again

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