wheel bearing choice, help please. - Ranger-Forums - The Ultimate Ford Ranger Resource


General Technical & Electrical General technical and electrical discussion for the Ford Ranger that does not fit in any other sub-forum.

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread
  #1  
Old 05-06-2009
Sanch109's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: san antonio texas
Posts: 23
wheel bearing choice, help please.

whats up guys. took my truck to the shop and they stated my front drivers side wheel bearings are bad. I am new to this stuff, so I want to know what type of wheel bearings I should buy. I have searched a few online sites and I have narrowed it down to buying them from Autoanything.com. The front inner one is about $22 and the front outer one is about $10. However, they dont state if the races come with them. I am a little confused of what the races are also. They sell the seal at that website too, for about $6 and the shipping will be free.

Autozone is the other option, and they have the inner bearings for about $17 and the outer bearing for about $15. also dont know if these come with the races either?

Which ones should I buy? does it matter? I would want the ones with better quality.

I have a 2003 edge, 3.0, 2 wheel drive.


also, the sound that my truck makes out of the drivers side wheel is a, uugh, uugh, uugh. kind of low pitched. it makes the sound slow at low speeds and faster with higher speeds.

I will be doing this myself. I have never done any type of work on my truck before besides change the oil, so this will be a challenge. I have read a few threads and i have the hanes manual. I dont want to screw anything up. that would suck! ha.



FYI-autozone is more expensive that walmart with stuff like wd40, shop paper towels, locktite... wish i knew that before i bought stuff there. ha.
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 05-06-2009
FullThrottle02's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (3)
 
Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: McHenry,IL
Posts: 586
You need to get the races with the new bearings. You also need wheel bearing specific grease. Take your time and torque the bearings properly and you shouldn't have any problems.
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 05-06-2009
Sanch109's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: san antonio texas
Posts: 23
i bought the grease already. am i supposed to buy the races seperately or do they come with the wheel bearings?
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 05-09-2009
Sanch109's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: san antonio texas
Posts: 23
so I guess it doesnt matter where I get the wheel bearings from. they are all the same???
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 05-09-2009
Dangerranger01's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Boring/Corvallis, Oregon
Posts: 2,011
I've never had problems with Napa's bearing. Just did my truck. Chances are that all the autoparts stores sell the same bearing anyways. I've always gotten them with races...you could probably special order them without for a few dollars less i'm sure.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 05-09-2009
Sanch109's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: san antonio texas
Posts: 23
thanks for the help. I am not too sure what races look like?
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 05-09-2009
chainfire's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Oct 2007
Location: Mission B.C.
Posts: 3,126
The races of a bearing are what the "bearings" ride on. The large race that goes into a bore is called the outer race, and the small race that the shaft rides in is called the inner race.

In this picture, the races are the two that are on either end of the bearing. This is where the rollers ride.
http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedi...-qj_180-ex.png

Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 05-10-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: La Quinta, Ca
Posts: 6
I've always had good luck with Timkin bearings, Autozone should carry them.
Mine have always come with the races and I think you'll be hard pressed to find bearings that don't come with races. You don't want to use new bearings with old races because if they are nicked or galled they will damage your new bearings.
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 05-10-2009
98rangerxlt's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: Bakersfield, CA
Posts: 725
x2 on the timkins theyre good bearings.
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 05-10-2009
Member
iTrader: (1)
 
Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: Union City, PA
Posts: 170
i put 2 timken wheel bearings on my truck back in january and the cost me 266 dollars. after shopping around and price matching by autozone. but i got the wheel hub assembly.
Reply With Quote
  #11  
Old 05-10-2009
Rolldogg's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 3,424
O.k, now's a good time to get things cleared up. It may be different on a 4wd rotor, but when I replaced my rotors and installed new bearings in my 2wd, the rotors only allowed enough room for the bearings WITHOUT the races. I greased the bearings up and slid them in. Maybe it's a manufacturer thing as well, but the rotors I got had the grooves build into them, no room for races.

Answers?
Reply With Quote
  #12  
Old 05-10-2009
Dangerranger01's Avatar
Member
iTrader: (6)
 
Join Date: Nov 2005
Location: Boring/Corvallis, Oregon
Posts: 2,011
Rotors nowadays come with the races already installed in them. Some people like to only use the races that came with the bearings, so they press the ones in the rotors out and install the races that came with the bearing.
Reply With Quote
  #13  
Old 05-10-2009
Rolldogg's Avatar
Member
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Ottawa, Ontario
Posts: 3,424
Quote:
Originally Posted by Dangerranger01 View Post
Rotors nowadays come with the races already installed in them. Some people like to only use the races that came with the bearings, so they press the ones in the rotors out and install the races that came with the bearing.
Ahhhh, gottcha.
Reply With Quote
  #14  
Old 05-10-2009
Sanch109's Avatar
Member
Thread Starter
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: san antonio texas
Posts: 23
wow. good info guys. I am gonna change my wheel bearings myself for the first time.
Reply With Quote
  #15  
Old 05-11-2009
Member
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Pepperell,Mass
Posts: 84
When you pack the bearings.Get a box of rubber gloves, and put a glob of bearing grease in your hand. With the flat end of the bearing scrape the grease and turn the bearing.You'll know that the bearing is fully packed because it will ooze out of the top part of the bearings while you do this.

It's a dirty job, but it's not to bad with gloves.

Tony
Reply With Quote
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
2000 Ranger 2 wheel abs or 4 wheel abs?? Please help NedoMedo Suspension Tech 6 02-23-2012 06:04 PM
Help with wheel choice! Thomas_8838 Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech 7 10-14-2011 04:52 PM
Tire Choice Help leadfoot Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech 19 12-01-2010 07:51 PM
Pics of the Ranger...wheel choice? DoTheDrew040 Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech 29 01-15-2009 09:04 PM
New wheel choice - Mickey Thompson's SanityAside Wheels & Tires Semi-Tech 24 12-10-2006 12:14 PM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -6. The time now is 05:06 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.