I am not going to start with the bearings but stay with me. First I took off my PVH hubs yesterday in hopes to put my new AVM's on. Well getting the PVH hubs off was a PITA. The passenger side was hard very hard to get off. Now I have taken them off before and it took all of 5 minutes to do. The passenger side yesterday took 40 minutes. When I got it off I found out why. It was full of dirt and grime. I cleaned it the best I could but there was still dirt left behind. I didn't want to put the new AVM on until I could really get it good and clean. I was also thinking that if the hubs look like they do (pictures to come soon) then is that same dirt in my bearings as well. So today I planned to take it apart and see if there is any dirt in the bearing like the hub had. Well I didn't realize that getting at the bearing was not possible since it is sealed together so there is no real way of looking at it.
Now for my questions.
I have had a hum from the driverside front for about a month and a half. Is this from the bearing going or am I okay?
On the way home today (without any hubs) I got a bad vibration and hum from the passenger side. Is this due to there being no hub or is this bearing on its way out as well?
My thinking was that my bearing should have gone out by now since I have been wheeling with 33's in some nasty mud, water, and sand for over a year now. Before the 33's I still wheeled in the same conditions. I am at 97,000 miles. Should I just replace them to be safe and be done with it?
Or should I wait till after my wheeling trip on Sunday just clean out the axle shaft end and put the new hubs on then replace the bearings next week?
I know the parts are expensive but I really don't care because I would rather spend $350-$450 in parts and have the piece of mind that my tire is not going to fall off while I am driving down some tree lined road at 55mph.
98 Xlt 4x4 auto 4.0L
PA Body lift, 33'' Super Swampers TSL's.
Chevy spring swap with torsion crank.
Explorer rear, 4wheel discs, 4.56, and a rear lunchbox locker.
K&N drop in fliter and cowl box snorkel.
Herculined bed and a topper.
Diamond plate skid plate.
Herculined interior floor.
My Current Project
Last edited by bryanjints; 11-02-2007 at 04:35 PM.