Is it OK for the bearings to keep your trailer in the water for a while?

Discussion in 'Sport Boats' started by Searayguy185, Aug 16, 2017.

  1. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    76
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    I was just curious if keeping your trailer in the water for up to a half hour is Ok for the bearings? Every now and then I like to work on my boat while it's in the water on the trailer and I've been told it's OK since they have seals that protect from water. What's your thoughts?
     
  2. LG111

    LG111 Active Member

    393
    Jan 4, 2015
    NW
    410
    8.1
    Bearing buddies are a nice addition for what you want to do. Easy to add grease and pushes any water out. Seals better than the basic caps.
     
  3. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    76
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    I do have bearing buddies on there. How often should you add grease?
     
  4. Boater420

    Boater420 Well-Known Member

    Mar 11, 2015
    Clearwater, FL
    '97 330 Sundancer
    V-Drives
    Westerbeke 4.5BCG
    Twin Merc 454's
    I used to give mine a shot after every time out. It was easy and didn't take up much time. I did this to evacuate any salt water making it's way to the bearing. Probably a bit excessive but I really hated working on my trailer.
     
  5. Searayguy185

    Searayguy185 Member

    76
    Jul 17, 2017
    Wisconsin
    2004 Sea Ray 185 Sport 4.3 V6,

    2008 Toyota Highlander Sport
    Mercruiser 4.3 V6, Alpha 1 Generation 2
    If you add grease often where does the excess grease go? Will it blow out a seal?
     
  6. blaster

    blaster Active Member

    May 23, 2011
    potomac river
    2010 sea ray 205 sport
    F150 5.4 xlt 4x4
    Mercruiser 4.3 mpi alpha 1.62
    If you have bearing buddies the grease will vent out the cap and make a huge mess of your wheels when you tow it away. You don't need to add grease every time. Just add enough grease in there to keep positive pressure.
     
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