Grease those Bearings in cold Weather!

Grease those Bearings in cold Weather! I’ve lost so many bearings I can’t even remember how many. I used to be able to change one out in 20 minutes when I was younger, because I has so much practice. The other day I saw some duck hunters who lost a bearing when their wheels hot that cold water. Their bearings were hot because they weren’t greased enough. It damaged their axle. Been there done that. I told them how to get it fixed enough to get home and might not even need a new axle, even though the pavement wore a flat spot on it. It messed the threads up too. They had extra bearings, grease and everything but didn’t have a file, so I gave them mine.

You need extra bearings, a grease gun, a good jack, some emerald cloth, a file, a hammer and a chisel.

You also need to grease those bearings more in the cold weather. If you can, wait and let the bearings cool off before backing into the cold water. this is especially true when making long drives. I saw a bearing buddy on south bass island this spring on a sharp curve, his bearings were likely dry and probably going out. When I make a long trip to Lake Erie I grease before I go and before I head home. If you lose a bearing buddy, it’s probably because you didn’t grease them enough, not because someone stole them. If your having problems with people stealing them, like I had this year (see my last post), secure them with a metal can and a screw clamp. Then spray tar all over them so they are unrecognizable as to what they even are.

About Dave Tackett

Dave Tackett is from Sterling Illinois. An avid fisherman since childhood, he has fished all over the Midwest, mainly the Mississippi River pools 8-19. His home waters are pools 13 & 14. After fishing Bass tournaments for many years, he gave it up to fish for Walleye year round. He now guides and fishes for fun. He likes to take photos of the scenic places he visits on the river and likes to keep a video camera running to get footage for his Walleye DVDs. Photography is now where he most of his time working, using professional DSLR cameras and lens. These photos include landscape around the Mississippi River and the Rock River, river birds like eagles heron, egrets etc.
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