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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:21 PM   #1
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front wheel bearing

So I bought some new tires today (31X10.5X15 BF Goodrich all terrain t/a) and I was not able to get an alignment because my front right wheel bearing is apparently bad. I was able to wobble the tire with my hands while the car was lifted. My question is, where is the best place (cheapest) to buy a replacement and is their a write-up anywhere? I'm searching, but haven't found too much as of yet, any help appreciated!

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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:28 PM   #2
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Do a search for unit bearing.
Though if I remember right your year of Jeep can replace just the bearings, but I have not heard of anyone being able to do it.
You can buy the unit bearing pretty much anywhere. Looking at under $200.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:30 PM   #3
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I believe the best place to buy the unitbearing would be Napa, they seem to have the best quality/price. For the how to replace it I would refer to your Haynes/Chilton manual. The hard part will be getting the unit bearing to let go of the housing. I have found that a sharp chisel in between the bearing and hub helps to get things moving. I used an impact chisel and it popped right out, down here in the desert we do not have to contend with rust so things are much easier. PB Blaster will be your friend.

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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:31 PM   #4
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thanks guys!
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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:36 PM   #5
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Wheel bearing assembly is pretty straightforward to replace. Any decent parts store will have them. I recommend Timken bearings.

Look at the first post in this thread:
http://www.jeepforum.com/forum/f140/...sembly-377533/

The hub assembly should be just about the same on your vehicle.

If the hub doesn't pop right out, check the trick in my signature. In some areas, they will rust-weld themselves into the steering knuckle.
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Heck they are cheaper than I thought.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:40 PM   #7
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Heck they are cheaper than I thought.
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Nice! only $100, the stealer was quoting over $200 plus labor! figured I should research it a little . . .
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I believe the best place to buy the unitbearing would be Napa, they seem to have the best quality/price. For the how to replace it I would refer to your Haynes/Chilton manual. The hard part will be getting the unit bearing to let go of the housing. I have found that a sharp chisel in between the bearing and hub helps to get things moving. I used an impact chisel and it popped right out, down here in the desert we do not have to contend with rust so things are much easier. PB Blaster will be your friend.

Dwayne
Check out the linked photo in my signature. You can wedge the hub assembly against the axle tube, and use the steering to pop it out. I was a bit skeptical at the idea - I had utterly destroyed the first hub with a chisel and a couple hours of banging on it before I found that method. The second hub literally popped out of the knuckle.
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Unread 12-22-2009, 09:56 PM   #9
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Check out the linked photo in my signature. You can wedge the hub assembly against the axle tube, and use the steering to pop it out. I was a bit skeptical at the idea - I had utterly destroyed the first hub with a chisel and a couple hours of banging on it before I found that method. The second hub literally popped out of the knuckle.
Thanks, I will give it a try and report back!
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Unread 12-23-2009, 08:08 AM   #10
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Check out the linked photo in my signature. You can wedge the hub assembly against the axle tube, and use the steering to pop it out. I was a bit skeptical at the idea - I had utterly destroyed the first hub with a chisel and a couple hours of banging on it before I found that method. The second hub literally popped out of the knuckle.
I used that same method years back, except with a deep socket. Worked better than I could have imagined!

I installed a $70 NTP unit from Advance and haven't had a problem with it since... but now I see rockauto.com has the Timkin for only $87.79.
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Unread 12-23-2009, 08:15 AM   #11
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I used that same method years back, except with a deep socket. Worked better than I could have imagined!

I installed a $70 NTP unit from Advance and haven't had a problem with it since... but now I see rockauto.com has the Timkin for only $87.79.
Hmmm, Thats a good price! that site is sooo unfriendly to search! can you link me to that timkin?
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Unread 12-23-2009, 08:30 AM   #12
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Hmmm, Thats a good price! that site is sooo unfriendly to search! can you link me to that timkin?
Yeah, that site took some getting used to for me... but I've got it mostly figured out now. I'm still not sure how to directly link to one of their parts though.

The part number you want is 513107. The easiest way to find it might be to click on the "Part Number Search" tab at the top, then enter that number and select "TIMKIN" as the manufacturer.

If you go through the long way of selecting your year, make, model, engine, etc., it's located under "Brake/Wheel Hub", then "Axle Bearing and Hub Assembly".
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Unread 12-23-2009, 08:32 AM   #13
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Yeah, that site took some getting used to for me... but I've got it mostly figured out now. I'm still not sure how to directly link to one of their parts though.

The part number you want is 513107. The easiest way to find it might be to click on the "Part Number Search" tab at the top, then enter that number and select "TIMKIN" as the manufacturer.

If you go through the long way of selecting your year, make, model, engine, etc., it's located under "Brake/Wheel Hub", then "Axle Bearing and Hub Assembly".
Found it! It is still close to $100 shipped and will take quite a while to reach me, so think I will go with the $70 Napa part so I can get this done over the weekend, and not sacrifice my new tires
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Unread 12-23-2009, 10:22 AM   #14
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Look on ebay, I bought a pair for $95 shipped I think, made in USA, two for the price of one at autozone
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Unread 12-23-2009, 06:03 PM   #15
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why is every bolt on a jeep impossible to get off, damn! stuck on both the caliper bolts right now . . . letting the pb blaster soak in . . .
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