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Join Date: Jun 2003
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I smirk... only because it's a one-in-all-in call, or you leave it alone. You choose!
Actually, if the wheel is spinning smoothly for 15+ revolutions after a good hoik and without any grinding noises, and there is no lateral movement in the wheel at the when you try to move it in and out at the tyre... it's probably best to leave well enough alone. Just clean away the gunk with a clean rag, but avoid pressing the old grease back into the hub (the black gunk indicates the hub was probably overloaded with grease in the first place...)
However, if you are inquisitive, have cone spanners in particular, have a work bench or table so you don't lose errant bearings in thick-pile carpet, can clean up the balls, races and cones, apply new grease, and can preload the bearings just right to suit the quick release or nutted axle you have... by all means learn.
There's plenty of advice here should you have further questions.