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Old 11-18-07, 02:06 PM
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Lube me up baby

Hi, am restoring a '77 Schwinn trike and have a question about lubes.The trike has 2 axle bearings( now taken out) that are sealed, but I have a 1/16" or so space that is wide enough to get some liquid lube/grease in there.Once lubed it will be hard to get back in there as they are in an out of the way place.The bearings are unique to the bike or I would just replace them.So what are your ideas on how to lube them and what kind of lube should I use? I thought about just soaking them in some oil and putting them back in, but then the oil might migrate out. Wonder if there is a liquid grease that solidifies once it dries? Please help!
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A photo would help.

Are these CARTRIDGE BEARINGS? Do they look like this:
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Yes, that is what they are, not sealed completely but pretty close.Mine have some kind of proprietary Schwinn flange tho, so finding new ones would seem impossible.
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Originally Posted by annamariaslim View Post
Yes, that is what they are, not sealed completely but pretty close.Mine have some kind of proprietary Schwinn flange tho, so finding new ones would seem impossible.
USUALLY you can carefully pry off the flat ring-shaped part to expose the bearings, clean, pack with grease, and snap the cover part back on. You have to be VERY carefull not to bend or distort this sealing ring.

Hoping someone with more knowledge will come along here.
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Hmm, don't know if I want to chance that as these bearings would be impossible to replace. If I damaged them I'd probably have to scrap the trike.Maybe the bearing experts will chime in? Thanks
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Originally Posted by annamariaslim View Post
......The bearings are unique to the bike or I would just replace them.......
If you took the old bearing to a well-stocked bearing supply house, my guess is that you could find a new replacement. If not, the best way to service the bearing would be to remove the seal, clean thoroughly, regrease, then replace the seal.
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