Did you know you need to grease the bearings in your hot dog cart axle? No worries. Alex has a Big Dog® and Cash Cow® cart that he keeps well maintained. He shared how to do hot dog cart wheel bearing maintenance and shows repacking the bearings from start to finish.
Hot Dog Cart Wheel Bearing Maintenance Video
Tools & Supplies Needed
- Axle or bearing grease
- Disposable gloves
- Cardboard to set your parts on
- Flathead screwdriver
- Needle nose pliers
- Standard pliers
- 1 1/4″ socket and ratchet
- You'll also need something to jack up and stabilize cart while working
DIY Wheel Bearing Removal – Packing – Reassembly
Most trailers are similar and some trailers have special alemites (aka: grease fittings) – but usually, hot dog carts and small utility trailers don't. Bearings must be packed by hand.
I've seen some people put an alemite in their axle dust cover but this would require lots more grease and is not as effective as doing it by hand.
Same goes for using “Bearing Buddy” a brand that makes a system so you don't have to remove anything. However – according to other vendors, this is also not as effective as doing it by hand.