The clicking mentioned in the previous post was isolated to the left pedal on the Trucker. When spinning it under load, I could just barely feel the notch where the bearings were catching. Fortunately, there are a few web references to the problem, and no lack of guidance on how to address it.
My initial idea was to drill an “access” hole in the plastic cap, and then use a small grease gun to inject lubricant into the bearing until it starts seeping out the other end, similar to most grease fittings. But after thinking about it, I didn’t want to go out and buy a small grease gun that I would rarely use, especially since I already had a larger one on hand for the lawn tractor, log splitter, etc…
So I decided that I would manually pack the grease in, which proved to be a pretty easy job. I did both bikes in about 1/2 an hour.
For tools, I used a table vise, cordless drill with a small bit, small random screw, phillips driver, flat head driver, channel locks, and some high grade lithium grease.
There are probably some mechanics out there choking on their coffee, but this down and dirty fix will most likely last for years and years. No disassembly, no cleaning; but no lost bearings either.