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Unread 06-02-2013, 04:45 PM   #1
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Front bearings and hubs

2 weeks ago, I replaced the hubs, rotors, spindles, bearings and hub nuts. Today the drivers side front wheel locked up on the E-Way. Of which, I really need to carry toilet paper in the jeep. After the tow home I find the inner bearing welded to the spindle and the new hub destroyed on the back side. When I originally did the work I used the red high temp grease and torqued the hub nuts to spec. Does anyone have an idea what could have happened. I have new parts on order. I can't thing of anything I did wrong. Maybe a bad bearing? I don't want that to happen ever again. My Hands where shaking so hard after I managed to get the jeep stopped that i couldn't use the phone to call the tow truck

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Unread 06-02-2013, 05:34 PM   #2
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How do I ask this without sounding condescending?

How well did you pack the bearings? You DID pack them right? The grease on them was for rust prevention, not running. If the finished assembly spun fairly easily and wasn't sloppy, the torque should've been in the neighborhood.
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Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I have replaced the bearings several times in the last 10 years with no issues as far as packing them. I'm hoping it was just a bad bearing.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 07:23 PM   #4
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Were they machine packed or hand packed? I never use any "device" to pack a bearing, just a hand full of grease and bearing in the other hand.

I never go by the "torque" spec on the bearings. Its a feel. I tighten the inner nut down so the hub will not spin to seat the bearings. I will then back the nut off so its loose, then re-tighten until it is set. Then the washer goes on followed by the outer nut. I never use a torque wrench.
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Unread 06-02-2013, 09:30 PM   #5
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Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I have replaced the bearings several times in the last 10 years with no issues as far as packing them. I'm hoping it was just a bad bearing.
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Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I have replaced the bearings several times in the last 10 years with no issues as far as packing them. I'm hoping it was just a bad bearing.
WHY do you keep replacing the bearings ?
Mine have been in since I bought it in '85.......
PLEASE, tell us just how you set the bearings up.
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The OP didn't say he's been replacing the same bearings in the same vehicle.

I too would like to know how he's packing them though.
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Don't worry about hurting my feelings. I have replaced the bearings several times in the last 10 years with no issues as far as packing them. I'm hoping it was just a bad bearing.

CSP-YES he did........
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Sorry I don't see where it says he's replaced the same bearings in the CJ several times. Could be different axles over the years, could be referring to different vehicles, etc.

You could be right, but I'd rather not make assumptions. Why does it matter again without knowing more information?
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He did say the bearings...
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Sorry I don't see where it says he's replaced the same bearings in the CJ several times. Could be different axles over the years, could be referring to different vehicles, etc.

You could be right, but I'd rather not make assumptions. Why does it matter again without knowing more information?
"I have replaced THE bearings several times in the last 10 years"

READ it AGAIN........
Pretty plain to most
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Look, I can read just fine and I know I'm splitting hairs. It's my prerogative.
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