Ok, got the new bearings in. Timkens. One says Torrington, the other KOYO both say made in U.S.A. Both come in the same Timken box.
From this pic can you tell if they are seated all the way in? I used the old bearing to start it then with the old bearing I used a piece of wood to hammer it in the rest of the way. I sure hope this was the problem. With my luck the noise will still be there and it will be the inner seals and bearings and cost a butt load of dough.
Writing a long email to Autozone corporate with the name of the manager and location to let them know what happened. I don't expect anything. I just want to let them know that I got ripped off and won't do business with them again.
It's funny how 14 years ago when I had my 95 zj that I hated to go to A-zone. Nothing has changed.
Ok well, there is still a noise there but now it's 70% quieter with the new bearings so they needed changing out. As far as the other noise goes I have narrowed it to either the carrier bearings or the brake drums. They are suspect because when I got the truck the rear brakes were worn to hell and these drums/rotors look like they have been on here for a long time. You can run your finger over them and feel a groove from years of use. The noise is low pitched and sounds like scraping not like a whining. I hope it's the drums. rotors.
Oh and thanks for all of the great advice. You guys rock.
I suspect your rotors are scored and causing a good amount of the noise you have. I wouldn't discount carrier/pinion bearings, but they tend to take quite a bit longer to go completely out.
Yea, I can't see how the new brake pads can lay flat on the rotor with the grooves in it like that. I can live with that for a bit. I have a VC that's going south. I'm starting to research the 242 swap now, I don't know how much longer the vc will last. It doesn't hop to bad only when in full lock. Even then I can go really slow and it's fine. The tires are pretty worn around the edge because of it though.
Do yourself a favor and remove the front ds. My vc was going but didnt seem too bad. Well, I am now replacing front suspension parts because of the additional strain the vc puts on them. I pulled the ds about 2 months ago until I find a 242 and the time to do the swap. The other benefit is according to the overhead display I went from 14.5 mpg to 16.8.
I have a BB with bilstein 5100's on the way. I'm gonna keep it this short for a while maybe put upcountry springs in and that's it. I am not going to take the front DS out because it will grenade the 249 faster. That is very bad for the 249. The VC isn't that bad yet. I still have some time on it. I'll find a 242 with in a couple months. My front suspension needs some fixing up after 127k. I will replace parts as I go.
edit: It will not harm the TC in the later model 249 , I was mistaken.