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Old 05-03-2008
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Axle Bearing

what would cause the outer axle shaft bearing to walk out?

i installed a new one on the driver side a few days ago along with the seal and axle shaft.. i went to jack the truck up today to rotate the tires and it started leaking.. pulled the drum figured i would push the seal back in.. nope the damn bearing was sitting right there with it!

so now im pissed. i had to go back and get the bearing and seals for the smaller axle shaft. i think they gave me ones for a 31 spline the first time, then maybe a 7.5 this time? do they have a slightly smaller seat for the bearing? we had to tap the bearing in so it was snug going in.

everyone in this town in ****in retarded. i've grown stupider just living here. ****! not only did they possibly mess this up. they gave me wheel studs with different threads... so 2 of my lugs go on nice, 2 have to be put on with some persuation and one is just so messed up i barely got it off

this is probably the last string of my patience with this ****ing axle. i'll be the first and only person running around with a FW D60 rear and stock front end. it'll look retarded but i could care less. i was going to go get out of this town and visit my grand parents next weekend.. not any more.

w/e rant off. answers would be nicely appreciated
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no ideas?
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sorry for the life story and rant but i need to know what could have had this happen before i spend another $60 on materials and a night freezing my *** off replacing the crap just to have it happen again
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The only time I have ever heard of something remotely similar is when axle tube (that was shortened) had warped. My best guess is that the bearing didn't seat in the tube. Do you have the original? If you do, you could compare the two using a micrometer (compare inner and outer races). Also, measure the tube race and the bearing for clearance. You probably shouldn't have any (or clearance should be indicated as a negative). Hopefully, they just gave you the wrong bearing. What I have learned is that any glue/paint sniffing moron can work in auto parts store. Therefore, when dealing with people whose mother's should have probably terminated their pregnancies, always.....always.. check their work. I've been where you are at (in the dark with a river of rain water underneath my creeper trying to install parts that weren't made for the car they were supposed to go on. Then, when I followed up with the shop, (because they insisted that they had sold me the correct part), I was forced to take the old part down w/me and show them. They still wouldn't admit it (that they ****ed up), but did give me the correct part. Hope it all works out. My advice is to find a reputable shop w/ guys that know their sh%t (even if you have to drive to it), befriend em' and build a rapport. This way, if you ever need anything major (short block, trans case or a whole trans, or even the little PITA parts that cost $$$) you can go to em and they'll sell ya what ya need at jobber prices (can't beat that). Good luck
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faulty installation.

theres a shoulder in the tube that the bearing rests against. my guess is that you did not drive it in all the way.
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my friend who put it in said it was all the way against it, i made sure he checked..

its kinda hard to find a good shop here by the sounds of it. even the guys at GM and Ford and kinda loopy. Im going to find a shop that can take it in today or tomorrow because i need to take it up to school to do the ball joints like thursday at the latest
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