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Unread 12-20-2011, 12:37 PM   #1
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Beware- Timken Bearing assemblies

Driver side front wheel bearing needed replaced, so I had AZ order me a Timken as opposed to using their Duralast brand which I assume are made in China. Last I knew Timken were made in the USA too, which I like a lot more. Figured $20 more for made in the USA and a better part was worth it.

Got everything apart today at lunch and ready to go back together. First thing I noticed on the Timken bearing assembly is that it is now stamped "Slovakia", NOT USA. Second, they are not threaded correctly and the stock bolts will not fit the new Timken assembly. I wire brushed the threads to clean them up before trying too. I read of someone else having this problem too, but was hoping that was a fluke.

Now I am stuck using the duralast brand and I guess hoping it lasts. I am going out of town this Friday an cannot wait to order some from rock auto or 1A Auto.

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Unread 12-20-2011, 12:42 PM   #2
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i just did both sides on my jeep last week with timkens and the bolts fit just fine, maybe u got a bad one?

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Unread 12-20-2011, 12:55 PM   #3
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Your AZ sales associated ordered the wrong hub/bearing. I have timkens with no fitment issues.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 01:04 PM   #4
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Same here I did both front bearings back in July with timkens with no issues.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 05:09 PM   #5
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I just did my drivers side with timkin bearings last week and got new bolts from the Stealer and everything went smooth. So IDK?
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Unread 12-20-2011, 05:39 PM   #6
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Slovakia has been building things far longer then the USA, so how bad can it be?
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Unread 12-20-2011, 05:52 PM   #7
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No trouble with my recently installed Timken's.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 09:11 PM   #8
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Installed my Timken fronts a few weeks back without issue.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 09:27 PM   #9
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I did 2 New timkens about a month or so ago as well, and had no issue. I also think they gave you the wrong bearing
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Unread 12-20-2011, 10:51 PM   #10
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I have literally done maybe a dozen timken WJ front bearings over the last 1.5 years and never had an issue with any. Sounds like you got the wrong bearing or the wrong bearing put in the box.
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Unread 12-20-2011, 11:13 PM   #11
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X2 on the wrong hub. Post up what part number(s) you were given.
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Unread 12-21-2011, 06:46 AM   #12
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I remember reading somewhere that some companies and shops were using noname brands and putting a timken sticker on them and selling them as timkens. Make sure it comes in a real timken box and varify the part number.
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Slovakia has been building things far longer then the USA, so how bad can it be?
So has China, just like the majority of the rest of the world considering how young the USA is.
Learn some history and average labor rates in Slovakia and China, then see if you wish to move there yourself to make wheel bearings.....

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Unread 12-21-2011, 10:41 AM   #14
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I know my history just fine. History shows that China is full of US companies and contractors wanting to make crap as cheap as possible. China delivers exactly what the US wants, cheap crap, cheaply made.

Now if you were to pull your head out of the sand, you would see that I don't need to make cheap bearings in Slovakia or China, I can do it right in the USA, since it's looking more like China everyday. ....

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So has China, just like the majority of the rest of the world considering how young the USA is.
Learn some history and average labor rates in Slovakia and China, then see if you wish to move there yourself to make wheel bearings.....

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I see the point precisely mate. But attempting to buy "made in the USA" anymore is damn near impossible at times. My reference was to the fact that there is little difference between the countries mentioned, cheap labor wise. Slovakia is a cheap labor country, thus the fact they have made stuff for a long time is, well, irrelevant IMHO
It is a terrible shame that "US companies" relocate plants to 3rd world #%$holes to save a few bucks. Funny thing is though, I never see the retail price of the foreign made junk go down....
If we ever get a government with a pair of balls, introducing an extra tax on the import of such items may slow it down a little IMO.

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