Cleaning and Lubricating Hubs Before Wheel Installation

Dec 1, 2018

Why Proper Cleaning and Lubrication is Important

Ensuring that your hubs are thoroughly cleaned and lubricated before wheel installation is crucial for maintaining optimal performance and longevity of your equipment. Neglecting this important step can lead to various issues ranging from excessive wear and tear to reduction in overall efficiency.

The Cleaning Process

Before installing new wheels, it is essential to thoroughly clean the hubs to remove any dirt, dust, or debris that may have accumulated over time. This helps to prevent contamination and ensures a smooth and secure wheel installation.

Gather the Right Tools

Start by gathering the necessary tools for the cleaning process. You will need:

  • Soap or mild detergent
  • Water
  • Soft-bristle brush
  • Clean rags or towels

Step-by-Step Cleaning Guide

  1. Begin by lifting your equipment and safely securing it to prevent any accidental movement during the cleaning process.
  2. Ensure that the hubs are easily accessible and that all protective covers or caps have been removed.
  3. Using a soft-bristle brush, gently scrub the hubs to remove any loose dirt or debris. Be thorough and pay attention to hard-to-reach areas.
  4. Prepare a mixture of soap or mild detergent with water.
  5. Dip the brush into the soapy water and continue to scrub the hubs, ensuring all surfaces are covered.
  6. Rinse the hubs with clean water to remove any remaining soap or detergent.
  7. Inspect the hubs to make sure they are clean and free from any residue.
  8. Gently dry the hubs using clean rags or towels, ensuring there is no moisture left.

The Lubrication Process

Once the hubs are clean, it is crucial to apply a suitable lubricant to ensure smooth operation and reduce friction between moving parts.

Choosing the Right Lubricant

Choosing the correct lubricant for your specific equipment is essential. Consult your equipment manufacturer's guidelines or recommendations to ensure you select a lubricant that is compatible with your hubs.

Step-by-Step Lubrication Guide

  1. Apply a small amount of lubricant to a clean rag or towel.
  2. Gently coat the hub surfaces, ensuring that all areas where metal-to-metal contact occurs are covered.
  3. Rotate the hubs to distribute the lubricant evenly.
  4. Check the manufacturer's instructions to determine if additional lubrication points need attention.
  5. Wipe off any excess lubricant using a clean rag.
  6. Replace protective covers or caps on the hubs, if necessary.

Wheeler Installation Video Guide by Grafco Electric

At Grafco Electric, we understand the importance of properly cleaning and lubricating hubs before wheel installation. That's why we have created a comprehensive video guide that takes you through the entire process, step by step.

Our video guide provides detailed instructions and valuable tips to ensure you achieve optimal performance and longevity for your equipment. Watch our video now to learn how to properly clean and lubricate hubs before wheel installation:


Cleaning and lubricating hubs before wheel installation is a crucial step in maintaining the performance and longevity of your equipment. Neglecting this process can lead to various issues that may affect the overall efficiency and safety of your equipment.

At Grafco Electric, we provide a comprehensive video guide that walks you through the process, ensuring you have the necessary knowledge to perform this task effectively. Trust us to help you achieve optimal performance for your equipment. Watch our video guide today!