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I've just replaced front wheel bearings on my WB. There was a slight amount of play in the bearings on one wheel and while the bearings looked okay when I pulled them out (no discolouration or scoring, pitting etc) I thought it'd be cheap insurance to just replace them. Even with the new bearings, it has exactly the same amount of play... if I tighten the castellated nut to the next opening for the split pin, it just seems too tight, as in the torque applied on the nut increases a fair bit. I'm familiar with trailer bearings and the amount of play is acceptable but is it on a WB?
Anyway, I noticed a LOT of old dried grease on the back of the stub axle, wondering if that's just 34 years of crud or has the inner bearing seal been leaking grease out?
I could not get the bearing seal to seat in the disc hub, tried for ages. Ended up having it just sit there (it is up tight against the hub - not flapping around!). Took it for a drive and no leaking grease yet, but it doesn't look right to me. The seal I replaced was exactly the same design.
Is the soft rubber seal the right one for a WB? Should it have a solid (brass?) outer like the one below, that would tap in?