The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network







Register or Log In To remove these advertisements.

Go Back   The 1947 - Present Chevrolet & GMC Truck Message Board Network > General Truck Forums > All 4x4 Tech & Off Roading

Web 67-72chevytrucks.com


Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-15-2013, 12:44 PM   #1
willett
Another Day, Another Dollar
 
willett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,317
dana 44 question

Hey guys,

We started replacing a broken axle shaft on a buddies' ram charger yesterday and was surprised to find the bearing that supports the outer shaft!

It was completly dry, and the needles had mostly turned to dust!!


What do they call this bearing, and how can you effectivly keep it lubricated?? We're going to replace the seals and bearings but it still seems like a really stupid design to me!.

We also had a hell of a time seperating the spindle from the knuckle!!
__________________
-78 K20 Cheyenne 454 long box, 4" lift, 35" MT's, '84 cab, '80 box

"its hip to be square"
willett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 12:57 PM   #2
Rufton
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2013
Location: Knoxville TN
Posts: 1,170
Re: dana 44 question

On SAS some bearings are oiled when turning curves and by splash so good idea to maintain proper gear oil level. Some have sealed bearings which I prefer but they will dry after a few decades.
Rufton is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 11:09 PM   #3
willett
Another Day, Another Dollar
 
willett's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2008
Location: North Vancouver, BC
Posts: 1,317
Re: dana 44 question

Sealed unit. No bath
Posted via Mobile Device
__________________
-78 K20 Cheyenne 454 long box, 4" lift, 35" MT's, '84 cab, '80 box

"its hip to be square"
willett is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-15-2013, 11:57 PM   #4
BLAZERMAN
Currently Blazerless
 
BLAZERMAN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: St. Joseph Mo.
Posts: 4,615
Re: dana 44 question

It's just routine maintenance and that design has been successfully used by the big 3 for decades now. I clean, inspect and repack my front wheel bearings every fall on my daily driver. If yours were that bad and your replacing your bearings don't forget to replace the inner and outer races as well.
Posted via Mobile Device
__________________
1970 C/30 145" wb Stake Bed 43,015 Original miles
1972 K-10 Long Fleetside
BLAZERMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 12:01 AM   #5
scoot_mcgrute
Registered User
 
Join Date: Apr 2004
Location: Tigard, Or
Posts: 503
Re: dana 44 question

Sounds like he's talking about the spindle bearing. It's one of those things that just needs checking annually while packing the wheel bearings.

I've had a couple go bad on me, didn't really see or remember any adverse effects though.
__________________
1966 Army Truck
http://67-72chevytrucks.com/vboard/s...d.php?t=691778
scoot_mcgrute is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-16-2013, 12:28 AM   #6
BLAZERMAN
Currently Blazerless
 
BLAZERMAN's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2000
Location: St. Joseph Mo.
Posts: 4,615
Re: dana 44 question

Quote:
Originally Posted by scoot_mcgrute View Post
Sounds like he's talking about the spindle bearing. It's one of those things that just needs checking annually while packing the wheel bearings.

I've had a couple go bad on me, didn't really see or remember any adverse effects though.
Sorry about that, went back and reared it, your right..spindle bearings are often overlooked. Before reassembly clean the edges of the spindle and the bore of the knuckle, put a good coat of anti-seize around it and should make getting that spindle off next time much easier.
Posted via Mobile Device
__________________
1970 C/30 145" wb Stake Bed 43,015 Original miles
1972 K-10 Long Fleetside
BLAZERMAN is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Bookmarks

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump


All times are GMT -4. The time now is 05:12 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.11
Copyright ©2000 - 2021, vBulletin Solutions Inc.
Copyright 1997-2020 67-72chevytrucks.com