A Bearing Buddy is a device used to protect and lubricate the wheel bearings on a trailer. It’s typically installed over the hub of the trailer wheel, and removing it is relatively straightforward. Here’s how to remove a Bearing Buddy:
Materials and Tools You’ll Need:
- Safety gloves (recommended)
- A flathead screwdriver or a Bearing Buddy removal tool (preferred)
Steps to Remove a Bearing Buddy:
- Safety Precautions:
- It’s a good practice to wear safety gloves when working with any mechanical components to protect your hands.
- Inspect the Bearing Buddy:
- Examine the Bearing Buddy to ensure there are no signs of damage or wear. If you’re removing it for maintenance or replacement, it’s essential to assess its condition.
- Locate the Tabs:
- On the front of the Bearing Buddy, you’ll see two small tabs or ears that extend outward. These tabs are used to remove the Bearing Buddy.
- Use a Flathead Screwdriver:
- If you don’t have a Bearing Buddy removal tool, you can use a flathead screwdriver to remove it. Insert the screwdriver between the Bearing Buddy and the hub, positioning it against one of the tabs.
- Pry Gently:
- Gently pry the Bearing Buddy outward by applying a small amount of pressure on the tab. Be careful not to use excessive force, as you don’t want to damage the Bearing Buddy or the hub.
- Repeat on the Opposite Tab:
- Move to the opposite tab and repeat the prying process. By gently prying back and forth between the two tabs, you’ll gradually work the Bearing Buddy out of the hub.
- Remove the Bearing Buddy:
- Continue prying until the Bearing Buddy pops out of the hub. It may come out suddenly, so be prepared to catch it.
- Inspect and Clean:
- Once the Bearing Buddy is removed, inspect it for any damage or signs of wear. If you’re reusing it, clean it thoroughly before reinstalling it.
Note: If the Bearing Buddy is stuck or difficult to remove, you can use a penetrating oil or a rust penetrant to loosen it. Apply the oil around the seam where the Bearing Buddy meets the hub and allow it to penetrate for a few minutes before attempting to remove it.
Remember that Bearing Buddies are used to protect and lubricate the wheel bearings on your trailer. If you’re removing one for maintenance or replacement, ensure that you properly inspect and re-grease the wheel bearings before reinstalling a new or reconditioned Bearing Buddy. Proper maintenance of your trailer’s wheel bearings is essential for safe and efficient towing.