Bearings can gradually deteriate, sometimes without you even realising it, even though my wheels still spun quite freely for a long time, I had noticed when traveling to a buggy destination, with my buggy sat on the trailer behind me, the wheels that once would gradually turn in the wind had …..stopped turning.
Now if that isn’t a sign to change bearings then nothing is.
I spoke with Aram, Mr Landsegler, and told him I was going to change my wheel bearings, and he sent me this advice, I thought I would share this with other Landsegler wheel users.
Here is the procedure for bearing replacement:
Warm the bearing using a hair dryer or alternatively hot (boiling) water in order to soften the locking agent in the gap between the bearing and the seat of the bearing, then remove the bearing at once, clean at the hub the seat of the rolling bearing, remove all remaining old locking agent. Fit in the new one using a locking agent like LOCTITE 603, then wait for at least one hour. — Bearings: 6004 RSH (42mm/20mm/12mm).
Using LOCTITE 603 will center and fit the bearing, it should avoid rust and oxidation in the gap. The gap should be filled up. It protects against the ingress of salt water. Instead of LOCTITE 603 you may use screw locking semi-solid (any trade name). Our experience using LOCTITE 603 is very good.
After following Aram’s advice and refitting the wheels, I spun the wheels….you realise just how much the bearings had deteriated, now I have the wheels as good as the day they arrived, totally silent, and I will bet my house my wheels will be spinning on my trailer on the way to the beach next time out.