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Old 12-02-2008
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When the wheel bearings go out, They REALLY go out.

A few days ago I noticed the ABS light came on, also noticed the that I could hear what sounded like a lil louder than normal tire howl, except it wasnt consistant. Kinda like the tires were "wobbling". So I jack it up and sure enought heres a lil play in both tires, Looks like wheelbearings. So I call up NAPA $300 for each bearing unit!! Well ***** that. I found them on the internet last night for $220 a piece. I figured tonight I would pull one of them off and verify thats what the issue was before I spent that ammount of money.

So I thought.

I Was driving to work today and had a slight issue. About the time I got into the middle of town THe hum of the wheel bearings turned into a steel on steel sound Then Clunk!! more grinding and I'm veering to the right. With the wheel turned to the left as far as I could turn it, I was going straight. No side roads so I kept going. Finnally found a side street and turned in and parked.

Called for a ride. THe wheel bearing unit completely grenaded. Heres what she looked like. Made things kinda interesting at 30-35 MPH



The backside of that housing. Also notice what it did to my rotor?


You can see the new notch carved in my Caliper, from the rotor.


And just a itty bitty tiny bit of the crap that was in there.


Now It looks like the seals on the back of this unit are toast, so I gotta pick them up. The hub assembly was $300. THey had one in stock, the other one will be here tomorrow. The Auto hub was pretty much full of Rust, and chewed up bearings. Probly goona order a set of manual hubs for it. The rotor looks like a beaver got ahold of it. Goona try to pretty it up some with a grinder but I have very little hope on salvaging it.

The other side looks like its damn near to doing the same thing so I'll do the other side as well. What a wonderfull way to start the day.
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ouch that sucks.

they must of had some serious play in them!! btw that beavers got its iron for the day. LOL
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Honestly they didnt feel that bad. Couldnt get any movement out of them unless the wheel was on, and then they just barely rocked
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damn that sucks. i could hear mine going bad and rode on them for a good 3 months before changing them and only one roller was bad when i changed them. glad mine didnt turn out like yours did
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Lucky You. I noticed mine on Thanksgiving. Drove it probly a total of 50 miles since then.
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Damn. That's some shrapnel. Good thing it didn't cause an accident.

Another reason why I like my 2wd. Bearings aren't $300. LOL
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Another reason why I like my 2wd. Bearings aren't $300. LOL
But if the berrings go and score the spindle shaft.. its 400$ for new spindles . I'll stick with 2wd myself though
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Wheel bearings are a pain in the ***.
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Wheel bearings are a pain in the ***.
no they're not.
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no they're not.
yeah it was like an hour to do, just very messy but not a pain in the ***
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i better check mine out i've noticed a howl when im turning and at around 30 mph
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Acctually its a pretty simple thing.... So far.
Seems the biggest PITA is picking out all the shrapnel.

Now quick question. If you pull that hub/bearing assembly out. And look inside where it used to be, there is a large seal on that back wall, that the bearing unit butted up against. What is that seal called? As mine is partially MIA.
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lol i put 10,000 miles on my bearing before changing it
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5 bolts each side!!! once the tire is off (:
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Yah bearings are easy lol.
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