Ok my wheel bearing started going out a while back but I didn't realize what it was till recently, it's getting really bad at the moment but I really have no choice but drive it, its grinding horribly sqweeks and seems to slow the truck.
How much damage can I cause if I haven't already caused by driving it with a bad wheel bearing?
I'm hurting on cash and waiting for my tax check which is almost nothing, the hub is $140ish can I save money and find one at a junk yard or pullapart and be safe?
I've got 31x10.50s on stock suspension what can the oversized tires do?(plan on lifting it or at least leveling the front this summer when I can afford it)
Everything I've read says I have to replace the entire hub not just the bearing is this true?
Truck is a 1994 splash 4x4 the bearing thats bad is the front passenger
If you didn't ruin the hub, it won't need replacement. Stop driving it and get it looked at. You have the potential to loose the whole wheel. Are you familiar with setting wheel bearings? Your 31's more then likely did no harm to the bearings. I would guess they haven't been packed in a while/maybe the nut backed off. Save money, check it now
I know with '98 plus trucks you really do not want to cheap out on the hubs. If you keep driving, besides the chance of catastrophic wheel detachment you could ruin your brake pads, rotors, and calipers.
we just learned this in class but for some reason i have no idea. i know if its bad you can ruin brake systems, tires, alignment issues and it WILL end up costing you more to fix if you keep running it. as for it being a serviceable or non serviceable wheel bearing hub assembly im not sure till i see it. and repacking it with grease wont help you.
however, if you get the parts, you can probably do it yourself. its not a complicated task.
Alright could someone possibly post a link(s) for the parts I'll need, I've got to drive it to school tomorrow, no other choice but if I can get the parts I've got a few buddies who can help me fix it on sunday
If he is hearing noises, then I'm betting the inner bearing is failed and the whole rotor has moved inward and is now rubbing on the caliper bracket...hurry and fix it before you ruin the rotor too. If the inner bearing is really chewed up, your spindle might be ruined as well...MAKE sure that smooth bearing surface is not damaged.
Both bearings/races and wheel seal shouldn't run you more than $45....don't forget to pack the new ones with appropriate disc brake grease and to put the correct preload on the bearings with the axle retainer nut.