What am i doing wrong???????

gill vanderwerf

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Okay here is the thing i keep messing up my rear wheel bearings somehow and today i had to replace the big bearing that sits on my coaster break side in the hub.
it was totality grind up i have no idea what i am doing wrong!!!!!

1. i check that there is no movement in the wheel each day, and when it has some play i tighten that nut and secure it with that big locking nut.
2. i make sure its greased good so no dry bearings.
3. keep the wheel clean.

and still i chew up rear wheels and bearings. there has to be something i am doing that causes this. i really need help with this problem. in 2 years i went through 3 wheels.....2 shimano steel wheels and a wheel master steel wheel. all with the hub breaking or splitting and the bearings all chewed up.
 
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I add a ton more grease to the inside surface of the hub & to the 'shoes' than this guy does... & you also need to be sure the shoes are installed in the right direction... (this guy didn't mention it)

Also... do not throw away the dust cap when you install the engine drive sprocket!!!!! Trim it around the edge to fit!
& last but not least... don't forget to use the little band strap to attach the brake arm to the frame!!
 
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gill vanderwerf

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Bicycle Coaster Brake Repair and Service - YouTube

I add a ton more grease to the inside surface of the hub & to the 'shoes' than this guy does... & you also need to be sure the shoes are installed in the right direction... (this guy didn't mention it)

Also... do not throw away the dust cap when you install the engine drive sprocket!!!!! Trim it around the edge to fit!
& last but not least... don't forget to use the little band strap to attach the brake arm to the frame!!
the dust cap is on and its all greased up inside
 
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I've only had one bike with a problem with the rear hub, it's the Cranbrook that a former co-worker left here 10 years ago. He installed the sprocket and probably got it too tight. I replaced the hub and used heavy duty industrial synthetic grease, so far it's good. Gill I hope you find the problem.
 

gill vanderwerf

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i have the sprocket setup that attached to the hub it self and its tight on there i make sure i check it every 2 weeks or so...yeah i have no clue why i chew those bearings up guess i need to take my wheel off every 2 weeks or so and maybe grease it up make it a habit of doing so.
 
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I have seen hub adapters that were machined a tiny bit to small. And they actually slightly crushed the hub when tightened. Check very closely that your wheel spins freely but does not wobble.


Okay here is the thing i keep messing up my rear wheel bearings somehow and today i had to replace the big bearing that sits on my coaster break side in the hub.
it was totality grind up i have no idea what i am doing wrong!!!!!

1. i check that there is no movement in the wheel each day, and when it has some play i tighten that nut and secure it with that big locking nut.
2. i make sure its greased good so no dry bearings.
3. keep the wheel clean.

and still i chew up rear wheels and bearings. there has to be something i am doing that causes this. i really need help with this problem. in 2 years i went through 3 wheels.....2 shimano steel wheels and a wheel master steel wheel. all with the hub breaking or splitting and the bearings all chewed up.
 

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I add a ton more grease to the inside surface of the hub & to the 'shoes' than this guy does... & you also need to be sure the shoes are installed in the right direction... (this guy didn't mention it)

Also... do not throw away the dust cap when you install the engine drive sprocket!!!!! Trim it around the edge to fit!
& last but not least... don't forget to use the little band strap to attach the brake arm to the frame!!
What would happen if you didn’t?