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Why You Should Learn To Do Your Own Repairs & How To Change Your Wheel Hub

By Blaine Dennison from Quick & Clean Lawn Care

Hi everyone, Blaine Dennison here of Quick and Clean Lawn Care. Today, I want to talk to talk to you about the importance of understanding how to do your own repairs in your landscaping business. Being able to do your own repairs helps save on costs and wait times.

In this video, I will walk you through how to change your wheel hub on a 18 foot trailer.

Let’s chat in the forum about tips and tricks. I want to know which repairs you think every landscaper needs to know.

Blaine Dennison
Quick & Clean Lawn Care
UAG Council Member 2020
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Alexa what time is it?

What's up everybody it's Blaine Dennison owner and operator Quick and Clean Lawn Care. It's pretty early in the morning. It’s Friday morning, I kind of rushed and did my work yesterday. So hopefully, I can take today off uh and get some things done around the house. Hopefully I can sneak out and do a little afternoon fishing. We’ll see how that works out. If you see behind me we are renovating the kitchen I'm not going to move my camera. Iit took me a while to get the focus and the lighting and all that stuff right. You can see we've got patches on the wall working on the shelf the ceiling brand new sheetrock brand new cabinets brand new countertops and we're trying to get this done by Thanksgiving and it's the first week of November and I’ve still got a lot of work to do anyway. That being said guys i don't know if you guys have known, but if you follow me on my social media, I’ve been on my Facebook on Instagram for quite some time. Anyways, you know i'm pretty handy, look at my hands, you see those scars. Well that's from working on my own.

A little background about me, I grew up in my uncle's body shop. I mean you're thinking like a small garage. You know we’re talking, a square city block building next to a few other square city blocks worth of junkyard. It's a body shop, we dismantled crack crash cars inventory like autozone and sold used auto parts like hot kicks all through the 90s. It was awesome, but i have an automotive background so i've always worked on my own stuff. I'm pretty handy engineering-wise. So i figured out how to do some stuff, I know how to weld.

I've been doing this all my life so that being said my biggest benefit in starting my own lawn care and landscaping business, was my ability to be able to repair and build whatever I needed to do to make things work. I've always worked on all of my own trucks, trailers and all of my equipment lawn mowers, weed eaters and all of that stuff. I was and I am very against the wait time at a lot of lawn mower shops. Now if i can wait and something's under warranty of course i drop it off and let them have it. If i got another piece of equipment to use while that's being taken care of that's something totally different but when we're first starting out we don't have that we've got one weed eater, we've got one bull, we've got one lawnmower, one trick. If you got a trailer you're lucky you're blessed so knowing how to repair your own stuff is very important so what i'll do i'm gonna make a series of how to repair just different things. This one we're gonna be changing the hub on my 18 foot dual axle utility trailer. We're out working i had a little lawn mower some mulch things like that and i noticed that one of the wheels had a negative camber and i kind of thought it was the belt in the tire so i kind of stopped ate it up after i got the weight off of it, checked it out a little bit and it seemed fine. Until one day i was backing into my driveway and it just kind of almost fell off, and i was like okay i think it's so i what i did assuming it's just the bearings change the bearings put new bearings in it threw it back together.

Two days later the same thing happen. This is where it comes into play. You should be good at being able to diagnose these things. I probably just thought this is basic stuff and change the bearings but to my knowledge the entire hub needed to be replaced. So what i did is I recorded a video when we were doing the bearings. Before my son made a comment about how it looked. I put grease all over my hands. It was like one of those satisfying videos. So i kind of recorded to see if we can create one of those satisfying videos, but it didn't quite work out that way. But uh we'll use it to teach you guys how to change your wheel hub on your 18 foot trailer. In this scenario the wheel was already taken off the hub, but we'll clean some grease there. We'll clean all the grease, you want all of the grease cleaned off because when these bearings blow, this friction metal on metal friction and this it disperses this explodes small metal shavings all over the place. Make sure you clean it down very very well. I like to use this gunk foam cleaner because I spray it on really really thick and let it do its thing.

Then I come back and I wipe it all down, because what happens if you get a little metal shaving inside of your new roller bearings it'll destroy them. At a high rate of speed, there's a lot of friction inside there even if you do have grease you don't want any metal getting inside of it, so make sure you clean it really well. Then after that we'll get some good bearing grease to cover the shaft. To start with your bearing and here's how you pack your bearings. You put a glob of grease in your hand and the smaller side of the bench is kind of shaped like a cone you want that side up. You also want to use the back side of the bearing and you want to push down and you want to pack the grease between the roller frame and the rollers. That's what the whole purpose is; getting grease inside of the bearing. Uh putting these in your in your hub and using the grease gun on the grease fitting that's not gonna do this to the inside of the bearing. It’s still gonna run dry and you're gonna burn your bearings up, you have to pack these bearings with grease before you install them onto the wheel. This is how it's been done for years, i've always learned how to do it and it's always been successful. Just make sure you don't be shy of grease and you don't get grease all over everything. Guys, it's gonna be all over your fingers, it's gonna be all over your clothes so make sure you get your papers towels and just different things to keep this stuff uh under control as much as you can.

So you pack these grease spins, just grease smear them up, and then you can go ahead and put that back one we'll put that in the back hub, after we grease the inside of the hub. Here put that bearing in and there's a seal we'll put that seal on. You might have to hit it with a hammer is to make sure it closes up and then you go ahead and put that hub on your trailer axle.Then there's gonna be another bearing to the front of this hub you're gonna want to do the same thing with that. Get some grease on your hand pack that grease in there, really really well and you put grease all inside of it. Don't be shy with the grease guys.

You want this grease down. Throw that in there and uh at this point, because the rear bearing didn't seat in properly, i don't think i've got it on camera but take a 2x4 the same way i put this rear seal on and you pop the hub and it'll pop right into place, put that front bearing in and there's a washer and a capsule nut.

Now you put all that together, turn the castle nut the way there's a a hole where you keep the pin. We will keep the castle nut from turning loose.

You don't want to go without this, if you're rolling down the street there is a possibility this castle nut can come undone and your wheel can fly off and hurt someone or yourself. So make sure you put this pin in the castle nut properly. Make sure it's in the right place, lock it in, bend it, the only thing you need has the only tool.

Here's a tool breakdown for this kind of job. You get a good pair of channel locks, we grew up calling them dikes. Also get some good hard wire cutters. I've got some, but I don’t have them here on this job. You should also get a hammer and a piece of 2x4. You don't want to damage and you don't want to be beaten directly on your hub and on things like that.

So you use a 2x4 buffer, but it's a pretty easy job and takes about 10-15 minutes. I've done this on the side of the road in the dark before so i mean it's not really hard. Hopefully this video helps you guys.

Man but uh you get all of this reassembled and you put your dust cap on. Always make sure you put your dust cap on because this is what makes parents go back. I'm having issues with my boat trailer and I'm having a hard time trying to find a dust cap that fits a really old trailer. i've been to all the first places and i just can't find it, i need to go ahead and bring it up to the trailer repair place where i got this hub kit from.

I actually found out there's a trailer place here in town and uh see if they can match one up for me and get me a dust cover for this of the wheel before i'm changing the hub on my trailer. I don't want to have to change the hub on my boat trailer. Well we got this together guys like i said being able to work on your own stuff is really really important. I hope this video helped you guys.

Other than that guys make sure you like and subscribe, hit the notification bell. Since the season is slowing down I will have time to make some more videos and share some things with you guys. So hit that notification bell and turn that stuff back on. I know it's been a while since you guys seen a video from me, so turn the notifications back on because i'm coming back and i'll talk to you guys later.