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Unread 02-05-2014, 10:48 PM   #1
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Bad wheel bearing

I think my wheel bearings are going out. I have a little movement of the wheel in all directions. My question is: can I just replace the wheel bearings, or do I have to change the whole hub assembly? The hub assembly job looks easy, but I can't find anything on replacing just the bearings. Thanks.

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Unread 02-05-2014, 10:54 PM   #2
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The front wheel bearings are not made to be serviceable. You'll want a set of wheel unit bearings. Make sure when ordering, you get the correct year.

They look like this:

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Unread 02-05-2014, 10:57 PM   #3
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Joe dillard couldn't be more right.


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Unread 02-06-2014, 11:15 AM   #4
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I might have to do this job soon. I found some OEM wheel unit bearings for $35 each. Should I go for that or get "premium."
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Unread 02-06-2014, 11:22 AM   #5
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The unit bearings on the front axle are super easy to do, especially if they already have lugs pressed into them. I could do one in about 20 minutes.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 12:09 PM   #6
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Make sure to check if you have abs or not before calling, the price will vary. Personally I go with the lifetime warranty bearings. I only have to pay for things once that way.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 01:01 PM   #7
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Make sure to check if you have abs or not before calling, the price will vary. Personally I go with the lifetime warranty bearings. I only have to pay for things once that way.

Good point. This was for non ABS.

They make a lifetime warranty bearing? Wow, I figured that would be like getting a lifetime warranty brake pad....it's a consumable.
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Unread 02-06-2014, 01:28 PM   #8
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I might have to do this job soon. I found some OEM wheel unit bearings for $35 each. Should I go for that or get "premium."
Where did you find these?
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Unread 02-06-2014, 02:00 PM   #9
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Where did you find these?
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Unread 02-06-2014, 02:22 PM   #10
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I rarely go on there to look at stuff, cause when I need stuff I needed it yesterday. But those are some good prices. For me I would jump to the TIMKEN
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Unread 02-06-2014, 03:27 PM   #11
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I hear ya. The shipping prices aren't great, either, but when you know something is coming, it's a great place, especially if you want to cross reference part numbers.
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Unread 02-07-2014, 12:07 PM   #12
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$132 for premium non ABS wheel bearing BR930014 at NAPA. They use SKF bearings. The warranty states 3 years, but SKF rep just told us lifetime warranty on that.
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Unread 02-07-2014, 03:09 PM   #13
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Last month I bought Timken non ABS for $65 each from Rock Auto. If you have the time they usually have the best prices even on premium parts. Get a discount code.
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Unread 02-14-2014, 05:06 PM   #14
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From doing some research all the hub assembles are they same. Made in the same place. China. All the papular brands buy them and sell under their name. The only thing you pay more for is warrantee. Save your money buy the cheapest.http://m.alibaba.com/trade/search?SearchText=ha590242
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Unread 02-15-2014, 05:12 AM   #15
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From doing some research all the hub assembles are they same. Made in the same place. China. All the papular brands buy them and sell under their name. The only thing you pay more for is warrantee. Save your money buy the cheapest.http://m.alibaba.com/trade/search?SearchText=ha590242
I think your link is garbage.
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