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Unread 07-19-2010, 03:33 PM   #1
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Symptoms of Rear Wheel bearings going out

What are some of the symptoms of rear wheel bearings going out?

My hubs are getting hot, and it is not making a kinda clicking squealing noise while going down the road, and it gets worse with more RPMs. No vibrations that I know of, and it doesnt seem to have any more drag than usual. Any other ideas?

This is my DD, I have a replacement rearend for it, but I dont want to go thru the trouble if its something else.

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Unread 07-19-2010, 03:45 PM   #2
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Hot hub and noise definitely sounds like a bearing to me. You won't feel drag until they've come apart. Jack it up and check for excessive end play or up and down movement.....either way sounds like it's time to go put on your coveralls!
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Unread 07-19-2010, 03:51 PM   #3
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Alright, its just funny that everything broke at once. I ended up breaking a u-joint strap which in turn dumped the driveshaft out on the ground and ruined my yoke on my Transfercase. At the same time my coil took a dump, and now I am finding out after fixing all that, my wheel bearing is apparently on the way out too.

If it isnt one thing, its a ton of things all at once. WOW, CJ really took a dump on me. Good thing I enjoy working on this thing, otherwise I would of sold it by now. Looks like its going to be a long night after I get off work.

Good thing that I bought replacement rearends for this CJ off of craigslist for $50 a pop, with the same gear ratio. I feel proud after all the hell my GF gave me for buying up parts when I find them.

I guess I should of not bought another CJ either, as my main one is getting jealous because I am working on the other one.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 06:11 PM   #4
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Anyone else, any other ideas? bump
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Unread 07-19-2010, 07:47 PM   #5
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One symptom bould be your wheel and axle coming off on the road

Seriously, though I would check it out right away. Don't take any chances. Jack it up and check for play. You're lucky you got the spare rear end too.

I had a bearing go out while daily driving the jeep. Made a loud grinding sound and loud pop's. One day went out, came back pulled in the driveway and noticed my rear right tire sticking out like 10 inches.
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Unread 07-19-2010, 08:08 PM   #6
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Going to be going thru the motions tonight, I suppose, if I make it home . Just not wanting to, its so dang hot, and I rather take it easy after work. O'well, it is what it is.
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