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post #1 of 6 Old Oct 5th, 2006, 11:21 am Thread Starter
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greasy front rim

my 2000 lt had a fine coating of grease or oil on both sides of the front rim with some on the spokes. 74k miles on it. it's not brake fluid; i've checked. i drove home and gave it a good bath. it's been a while since it has had one. i've been working third shift so i hadn't noticed the grease until this morning although i noticed what i thought was dirt or brake dust a few days ago when i checked the tire pressure, but it probably wasn't as bad then as this morning. i've noticed for quite sometime a little grease coming from between the seal and axle on the right hand side, and there was some there this morning. i had the 12 k service done in aug. the dealer has never mentioned a problem with the wheel bearings. i checked the archives and it does mention possibly changing the bearings at around 72k, but it doesn't mention anything regarding a greasy rim. when i washed the bike this morning i didn't feel any roughness in the bearings. so perhaps i need seals. one other thing since returning from the dealer 72k service, i had a locale shop put on a new front tire. any thoughts or comments will be appreciated. i will probably not respond today as it's well past my bed time and i've got to go to work tonight. thank you, omurphy
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post #2 of 6 Old Oct 5th, 2006, 1:31 pm
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Any time you pull the front axel you are supposed to apply a light film of grease to it (keeps it from seizing to the bearings). The shop may have gotten carried away and used a bit too much. Check it again after a few miles and see what shows up.

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The bearings are sealed with just a cap over them. They are a bear to remove and you better have the axle in place after putting in the spacer BEFORE you place the 2cnd bearing.



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thanks, my intention is to visually inspect after some miles and check the temperature (lay hand near then on). omurphy
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Reach up around the front strut tubes with a paper towel to insure you do not have a weeping strut seal that lets a little oil run down the back side of the strut and maybe onto the axle area. Mine was dripping off the right brake caliper about 4K miles ago. It has since stopped on it's own.

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thanks wilbar. give dino a pat on the head for me. muchos gracias senior. omurphy
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