I read in the service book that the front hub and the hub cap should be filled with grease. Is that really necessary? Who does or does not do it??
That is B.S. If you want to waste a bunch of grease go ahead.
The Ford Manual also gives advice to clean and repack the front wheel bearings every three or four months, that few probably does today.. Thankfully the grease we have now is better - and with modern seals there's little risk for contamination by dust and water.
I agree with Larry. That hubcap full of grease isn't gonna miraculously crawl into the front bearings let alone the inner. Pack each bearing once a year & you'll be fine. Thats what I do & they run cool as a cucumber.
I believe the reasoning behind packing the hubcap and the entire inside length of the hub was that it supposedly reduced oxidation and hardening of the grease. I may have read that in an period book or publication - maybe Dyke's?
As Larry said, it's not necessary.
The question was who does or does not? I can't tell if i have ball or roller bearings because i have never seen mine! Once a year i jack up one wheel and spin it.I see how it runs true no sound not loose,and no wobble.I remove the grease cup and give 6 pumps of the grease gun into the hubcap.I turn the crease cup on tight,turn the wheel,and wipe off any excess grease that has been forced out.I do the other side and i'm good for another year.How do you pack a ball bearing,and what did Ford do? Bud.
I clean and repack once a year, With today's grease compared to what they had back in the its not needed to do more than once a year as long as everything is able to stay clean.
I found a wheel like that. The grease was like more than 40 years old. But no, I don't do that.
I believed that the reason for packing grease in cap was if traveling and you felt you needed to grease them again. A sort of storage container. What do you think? Tim
T should be greased at front wheel with some grease in the hub cavity and the hub cap filled some too, just as Owners Manual states. That's what I do.
Reason if you tour a lot, run in rain, ford creeks for tour fun, and want trouble free bearings, that is what protects the bearings.....grease!
Last year post on subject, I added some photos and service manual pics on front wheel grease methods.
Not the front, but I pulled a rear end apart one time and the whole rear end was filled with grease. What a mess. I usually just pack the bearings but I see how filling it up would keep the water out.