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Do New Trailer Bearings, Races, and Seals have to be Cleaned First Before Packing them With Grease

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These bearings came with an oil/lubricant coating, I suppose as protection against rust/corrosion. Does this need to be removed before packing? If so, with what? Thank you.

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There is no need to clean off the bearing, races, or seals such as those that come in bearing kit # BK2-100. You can start packing them with grease right away. If they are dirty or you just want to make sure they are clean then I recommend using some spray brake cleaner available at any auto parts store. I have linked our help article on grease for you.

To limit the mess when packing bearings you can use a packing tool such as # PTW1218. I have linked a video review for you.

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