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Old 06-12-2013, 10:00 PM   #1
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Who has a vid of wheel rear bearing spining in hub?

Ok... I'm troubleshooting my wheel bearings... So far i pinpoint it down to the drivers side (noise gets louder when i turn). I think it is the front bearing... Makes more noise(but no wiggle) Than the passengers side... Which is almost silent...

Any way... The rear bearings (at least mine) are to spin and both sides make friction noises (but they dont wiggle). I'm guessing due to the axle still being connected?... So to troubleshoot the rear bearings, you basically need to take them off the hub (or the hub off the axle)..

I was wondering how to know if the rear bearings are bad without removing them from the hub, or the from the asle?

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Old 06-14-2013, 10:46 PM   #2
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If you can feel any roughness while you are spinning the tire that would be one indication. If you remove the bearing it will most certainly need to be replaced.
Front you can hear better when turning. If you are pretty sure it is the front, then change that bearing/hub. If the noise is still there then it is/was probably the rear.
You could just wait until it gets louder. Eventually you will know which it is. Bearings usually do not seize without giving ample warning.

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Old 06-15-2013, 06:59 AM   #3
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If you can feel any roughness while you are spinning the tire that would be one indication. If you remove the bearing it will most certainly need to be replaced.
Front you can hear better when turning. If you are pretty sure it is the front, then change that bearing/hub. If the noise is still there then it is/was probably the rear.
You could just wait until it gets louder. Eventually you will know which it is. Bearings usually do not seize without giving ample warning.
Yes... I figured i'd change the front, which is known bad... Then if the noise persists, then move to the rear (yes... Genius, i know).... Eventually they all will be replaced....

I had the hardest time trying to find a 46mm or (1- 16/13) at the local parts stores... I had to go to the hardware store to buy one....
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:53 AM   #4
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When you are changing the rear make sure you press the new bearing in on the outer race. Use no pressure on the bearing itself or you will ruin it.
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Old 06-15-2013, 09:52 PM   #5
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Who has a vid of wheel rear bearing spining in hub?

What happens if the rear bearings seize up?


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Old 06-15-2013, 11:30 PM   #6
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If both rear bearings simultaneously seize that would probably be a first ever thing. If one seizes, then you do not have to do anymore troubleshooting. You can go straight to repair. Seriously, LONG before the bearing would seize, it would be making a lot of noise and if you do so little maintenance on your vehicle that you drive it til it seizes, I have no words.
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Old 06-16-2013, 11:57 AM   #7
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Who has a vid of wheel rear bearing spining in hub?

My rears are making a howling noise thats getting loud and annoying to drive the car... Don't know if I'm ready to spend $1500 at shop to fix!!!!


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You will probably get them fixed before they seize because it will be so awful to drive the car. Just hope that somehow the bearing doesn't spin in the housing or on the shaft. That would increase the cost by a factor of 2.
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Old 06-18-2013, 07:55 PM   #9
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When you are changing the rear make sure you press the new bearing in on the outer race. Use no pressure on the bearing itself or you will ruin it.
Thanks, qualicas... Yes, there are so many little things to keep in mind....


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Old 06-18-2013, 08:01 PM   #10
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My rears are making a howling noise thats getting loud and annoying to drive the car... Don't know if I'm ready to spend $1500 at shop to fix!!!!


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If you are a diy-er, it should not be that expensive... Just make sure to get all the right tools... I'm still trying to find a socket that will fit the front hub... None of the local auto parts stores has a 46mm or a 1-13/16. I went to a hardware store and bought one for about $24, but the walls are too thick and it will not go in the hub... Really frustrating.

When i go to the parts store and ask for a 46mm they ask me if i'm fixing an 18-wheeler....


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Old 06-18-2013, 08:11 PM   #11
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Who has a vid of wheel rear bearing spining in hub?

By the way, i ordered the timken front wheel bearing hub assembly from autozone (about $44), and it is made in germany by F.A.G.


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Old 06-19-2013, 01:14 AM   #12
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How much is it for a oem? Front right? Also when I drive I hear a whoosh whoosh whoosh from my driver side wheel. It get louder on the freeway and when I turn. What is it hand around how much does it cost to fix?
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