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What happens when a wheel bearing fails completely?

A good friend of mine has a 95 Jeep? cherokee? Anyways, the passenger side front wheel makes a TON of noise, and one of her previous bfs, said it was the wheel bearting and that its 'ok for now' but will need to be changed, my question is, what happens when it fails completely? and, how hard is it to fix, and what does a new one cost?

btw its 4wd.
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i would imagine it could lock up or fall apart, causing alot of play in that wheel.

they are not all that pricey around 150 i think.
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when mine went it set a 30 ft area on fire after it left the truch wheel and all doing 50 on i 95 needed new spindles out id replace it now before it takes out a lot more partss with it
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it will lock up and damage your spindle....could go as far as damaging the hub and rotor also.....

so if she dont replace it now, it could be very costly.......

wheel bearings are super easy to change and are only like $25 a piece....
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it will lock up and damage your spindle....could go as far as damaging the hub and rotor also.....

so if she dont replace it now, it could be very costly.......

wheel bearings are super easy to change and are only like $25 a piece....

FRONT WHEEL BEARINGS.... AKA HUBS... AKA $$$ lol
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on a jeep "hubs" are completely different that wheel bearings.....you can have a bad wheel bearing and not have a bad hub......a hub is also known as a "lockout".......
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my bad.....i did a little research.......i guess on Jeeps the wheel bearing and hub is the same on the Cherokee's......

http://www.autozone.com/servlet/UiBr...%7ENONE%7C%7EB
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summit has them for cheaper than AutoZone....

Summit = $129.95
AutoZone = $143.99

http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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pretty much the same on the 98+ ranger too. not a lot different

i was just giving you a hard time maurice...
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pretty much the same on the 98+ ranger too. not a lot different

i was just giving you a hard time maurice...
i know......for some reason i thought the '95+ Cherokee's also had the solid axle......i know the older versions do have a solid axle.....i forgot that Jeep went cheap and went to the crappy independent suspension......
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yea, i paid 300 for my wheelbearing
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^ouch!
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I paid $450 for mine. Man.... I wonder if I got hosed....
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I paid $450 for mine. Man.... I wonder if I got hosed....
isnt any wondering about it.
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i know......for some reason i thought the '95+ Cherokee's also had the solid axle......i know the older versions do have a solid axle.....i forgot that Jeep went cheap and went to the crappy independent suspension......

they are still Solid Axle... no IFS.

my axle is from a 96 cherokee.... 95-01 is basically the same axle
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^^^^ ahhhhhhh.......are they live axles?
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^^^^ ahhhhhhh.......are they live axles?

correct
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i see said the blind man.....learns something new everyday!

you going to convert yours to a part time axle?
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku
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i see said the blind man.....learns something new everyday!

you going to convert yours to a part time axle?
http://store.summitracing.com/partde...5&autoview=sku

nope, those are only good up to a 31" tire or so they recommend.. ill pass
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i bet they would hold up....those are the same hubs that are on my truck.....the conversion lockouts would fit right on my truck....and that 297 u joint is pretty strong..
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actually i know the real answer

the jeep will continue to drive for about 5 minutes and at that very point, a small leprechaun will come out of the vents and as soon as you see him you will spontaneously combust....



or something like they said above...
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i bet they would hold up....those are the same hubs that are on my truck.....the conversion lockouts would fit right on my truck....and that 297 u joint is pretty strong..

they might but for 700 bucks? idk...
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The wheel will Fall off! My Friend Jake has had a Dodge with s imilar wheel bearing and he had one go out every 10K miles (Pretty common actually) and one time it went out about an hour south of the cities and his wheel came off and bent the axle and got jammed between the fender and the knuckle!

Chrysler has horrible bearing for some reason, My friend Jesse, has a bunch of 3/4 ton Dodges for his Plowing and lawn care business, he litterally changes both wheel bearings every other oil change practically and not by choice.

~HJ
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they might but for 700 bucks? idk...
good call!
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Depends on the severity but it can start pulling to that side as it drives to locking up (just happened to my buddies wife in a Yukon XL, you should see the price on that thing, I had to change it for her) or falling off like was stated before. Definately cheaper to just fix it now man.
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