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    Vault Hubs

    PM schedules?
    Anyone have problems with them in the first 4 years of ownership?
    Anyone in Dallas TX service them?
    thanks for any feedback.

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    I have a 2011 Marine Master trailer with the Vault hubs, and have had no problems. I asked the same question some time ago, was told "If it ain't broke, don't mess with it."

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    My vault hubs are 8 yrs old and going strong.
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    OK, thanks!
    My only concern is on the driver side the hubs are clean and can still see the vault logo on the hub, on the other side the logo is blacked out. No grease is on the wheel, though.
    Any thoughts? does that sound like they are leaking?

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    Quote Originally Posted by davisx View Post
    OK, thanks!
    My only concern is on the driver side the hubs are clean and can still see the vault logo on the hub, on the other side the logo is blacked out. No grease is on the wheel, though.
    Any thoughts? does that sound like they are leaking?
    If there is go grease slung out on the wheel, I can't believe that they are leaking.
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    I don't have Vault hubs but have the literature about them. I check my hub seals when the boat is off of the trailer. If you don't have grease/oil leaking from the front or rear of the hub, all should good as long as the hubs aren't running hot.

    You can service Vault hubs yourself.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bob G. View Post
    I don't have Vault hubs but have the literature about them. I check my hub seals when the boat is off of the trailer. If you don't have grease/oil leaking from the front or rear of the hub, all should good as long as the hubs aren't running hot.

    You can service Vault hubs yourself.
    Very good advice.
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    I wouldn't touch them unless you see grease slinging. Opened mine up after 10 yrs and they were fine. The wear rings were starting to get a groove but nothing was leaking. I went ahead and replaced the rings,seals and caps. Prob 60,000 miles on trailer when I checked them.

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    Best way to check is looking to see if the black vault plastic is sticking out at least 1/8 to 1/4inch. Then you know if the vault is pressurized. I ran mine 9 years and all bearings were still greased good. Wear rings still looked new. O rings on back were all cracked,but seals still good. Both my back axle brake calibers were both sticking, which caused some heating which can cause some grease to leak. I replaced everything, calibers, brake pads, all bearings, seals, wear rings, o rings. Flushed brake fluild including new Goodyear endurance tires. Figured at 10yrs it was time to replace everything.

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    Same thing happened to me billproxs. Sticking caliper caused some extreme heat so out of worry I opened them all up to check on them along with replacing both calipers and pads.

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    it was hard finding everything I needed, but during my replacement i made some utube videos showing how I did it all and all part numbers. under utube fishing

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    The hubs don’t seem to fail, what does fail after 6-8 years are the calipers. They start sticking and thus burn the bearings out. I thought my hubs were failing last year but it was just that my calipers were not working properly. When it comes to them though, I agree if it’s not broke don’t fix it. If one does break, buy a new ufp vault pre packed hub with pre packed brake pads and just slide it on

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    Anybody travel with a spare vault hub? I would want to have a spare in case of an issue with 1 of the hubs. Is this even plausible? Anybody know where to grab a spare hub assembly for these vault systems?
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    The only difference between the Vault hub and the Bearing Buddy style hub is the Vault bearing protector and the Vault hybrid oil. The hub, bearings and rear double lip seal are standard parts available from any trailer supply store. For backup, carry a Bearing Buddy style bearing protector and a tube of Lucas Red bearing grease. If you are on the road and your Vault hub starts leaking excessively, simply take a hammer and a block of wood. Remove the Vault bearing protector and replace it with the Bearing Buddy style. Use a grease gun and fill the hub with the Lucas Red via the zerk fitting until its full. The Lucas Red is a thicker grease, will stop leaking, and is compatible with the Vault hybrid oil. Don't blow out the rear seal by overfilling. You can run with this setup for the next 6 months, if necessary.

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    Quote Originally Posted by avalanche03 View Post
    The only difference between the Vault hub and the Bearing Buddy style hub is the Vault bearing protector and the Vault hybrid oil. The hub, bearings and rear double lip seal are standard parts available from any trailer supply store. For backup, carry a Bearing Buddy style bearing protector and a tube of Lucas Red bearing grease. If you are on the road and your Vault hub starts leaking excessively, simply take a hammer and a block of wood. Remove the Vault bearing protector and replace it with the Bearing Buddy style. Use a grease gun and fill the hub with the Lucas Red via the zerk fitting until its full. The Lucas Red is a thicker grease, will stop leaking, and is compatible with the Vault hybrid oil. Don't blow out the rear seal by overfilling. You can run with this setup for the next 6 months, if necessary.
    Excellent! thank you!
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