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Old 06-07-2013, 09:51 PM   #1
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Need wheel bearing brand suggestions

Hi, all.
I think I have at least a bad rear bearing... I was wondering if you have any brand suggestions?
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Old 06-08-2013, 04:52 AM   #2
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I purchased the timken bearings from autozone a couple months ago they seemed like really good quality but only time will tell. Anyway I picked up the front pair for under $95 I believe, which is a really good buy, I don't know what they go for now as when i purchased them there was a special going on.
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:22 AM   #3
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I purchased the timken bearings from autozone a couple months ago they seemed like really good quality but only time will tell. Anyway I picked up the front pair for under $95 I believe, which is a really good buy, I don't know what they go for now as when i purchased them there was a special going on.
Thanks, bernie21614... did you get the hub too or just the bearing?
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:53 AM   #4
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I forgot to ask...
Do you guys know if the bearings are pre-greased?
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:17 PM   #5
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Re: Need wheel bearing brand suggestions

for the fronts you need to get the hub, that's the only way they sell them.
The rears you can get just the bearings
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Old 06-10-2013, 01:18 PM   #6
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yes, the bearings are greased up already when you purchase them
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Old 06-10-2013, 10:44 PM   #7
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Does this sound like failed bearings?

I'm just spining the hubs ... i did not feel any play/gaps when i wiggled the hubs....

Rear wheel, no brake pad or calipers, rotors on hubs, car jacked, in neutral, released ebrake





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Old 06-11-2013, 10:23 PM   #8
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Need wheel bearing brand suggestions

I'm really at a lost here.... I removed all the way to the rotor, leaving exposed the hub (hub still seating on spindle) I wiggled it, but did not see/feel the typical gap/play... It does not pop in or out when tugged or pushed... There is some some gap if i spin it forward or backward, when compared to the differential.

Tires look good. Pressure is good...

I still hear the sound, today i tried driving in zigzags and definitely more noise when weight is in left [turning to the right)


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Old 06-13-2013, 04:36 PM   #9
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I can't watch the video through my phone, but if you removed the brake components and you still hear noise when rotating the wheel then switch out the bearings
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Old 06-19-2013, 05:05 PM   #10
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Here is a review of different bearings;
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=800397
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Old 06-19-2013, 08:06 PM   #11
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Here is a review of different bearings;
http://forum.e46fanatics.com/showthread.php?t=800397
Yes, i saw that... That is why i decided for timken... Om is the best, but since money is short, i think it gives the best compromise between price and quAality...


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