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Old 01-27-2010, 04:52 PM
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Default i go threw alot of wheel bearings

How many times have u guys had to replace ur wheel bearings?? iv gone threw 4 on the passenger side and 2 on the drives side in 5 years now ive pounded the s*** out of my truck so i no theyve taken alot of abuse but what the F man. HAHA there not cheap ethere
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:43 PM
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when replacing wheel bearings you need to spend the money and buy high quality parts. You shouldn't have a problem.
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:57 PM
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yea i no im not cheap like that haha the ford garagd did them they were 300 dallors a pop
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Old 01-27-2010, 05:59 PM
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well I don't know then, because they shouldn't be going out that fast, I haven't had to change mine yet & that is over 6 years and 82,000 miles.

Maybe there is a different problem that is causing it but I don't know what it could be
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:10 PM
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My stock wheel bearings on the front gave out around 25k, and I replaced them myself with high quality bearings, and they are still "good as new" at 110K. I would stop taking it to Ford, and do it yourself, so you know what goes in. Apparently Ford didn't use the best bearings and seals on my truck when they built it, since they died rather quickly. Maybe they are using the same quality bearings, seals and grease when the re-do yours.
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Old 01-27-2010, 06:29 PM
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The ford guy told me that wheel bearings can go out just by sitting in your drive way i thaght he was high haha the trucks only got 52k on it. maybe becuse i go wheelin 2-3 times a week i dont no do you think using 4wheel drive a lot affects them a lot?
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Old 01-27-2010, 07:31 PM
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Hey your not alone. I'm about to replace the one on my driver side for the third time. I just did the third round on the pass. side last week. I think it's just bad design mixed with heavy off-road use. I only have 85,000 miles on my truck. I did find a possible solution though. I caught the current one on my driver side before it became completly trashed, and decided to try something I'd been thinkin about for a while now. What I did was remove the abs sensor on the hub, and stuffed some bearing grease in the the hole, using a grease gun with the zerk connector removed. Seamed to help some. The abs light isn't on all the time now. Might actually be able to make it a few more weeks now. I figure it's probably a good idea to do this after a rough off-road trip, where lots of mud and water are involved.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:09 PM
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LOL!! I love reading these sorta threads....


My truck has 120k on it. Has had oversize tires, sticking out wheels, steel wheels on it in varying sizes up to 15x10 steel w/ 35x12.50's since 30k.........still on original wheel bearings without a peep and without any play at all.

Quality parts up front....Timkin Bearings FTW. I really don't understand how the hell you're going through them so fast. My first and only real thought is they always keep being replaced by cheap ass chinese bearings that you're being charged Timkin prices for. They're easy to swap out....why aren't you just doing it yourself?
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:12 PM
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when replacing wheel bearings you need to spend the money and buy high quality parts. You shouldn't have a problem.
how hard do you drive it? how much lift? what size wheels? how often do you mud it?
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:39 PM
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Mud is what kills mine. I have used Timkin bearings as well. The water and mud gets inside the the bearings and over time eats away at them. I also tried to press the beaings out of the hub, thinking I could cut costs by buying just the bearings. I took 8,000psi before the whole assembly exploded. The bearing race is actually made into the hub. I do agree with doing it yourself though. It's easy, and you'll save about $200.
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Old 01-27-2010, 08:48 PM
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They're sealed units. Un-rebuildable. Un-takeapartable(if that's a word). They're spendy because of the sealed unit part of it, as well as it being the actual 'hub' too, the CV shaft spline, and the ABS tone ring and wiring. I guess I don't see how it gets mud inside 'em if they're one big blob of sealed unit, you know? Alot like sealed ujoints.
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:05 PM
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Nothing is 100% sealed. I have the same problem with pinion seals leaking. Some dirt or other debris gets between the seal and the sealing surface and cuts the seal. Sealed u joints being a good example. I have replaced a factory "sealed u joint" and was not that surprised when there was no grease left in it and the bearings were dust. The first front bearing I replaced, I actually saw the bearing grease slung all over the suspension. I though I had torn the cv boot, but never found a hole and am still driving on that cv axle with no problems..
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Old 01-27-2010, 09:24 PM
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They're sealed units. Un-rebuildable. Un-takeapartable(if that's a word). They're spendy because of the sealed unit part of it, as well as it being the actual 'hub' too, the CV shaft spline, and the ABS tone ring and wiring. I guess I don't see how it gets mud inside 'em if they're one big blob of sealed unit, you know? Alot like sealed ujoints.
Take one apart some time. XJ's use a totally sealed hub also and I have taken many apart and found water and contaminates in them From the high dollar ones to the cheapies.
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Old 01-28-2010, 12:50 PM
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how hard do you drive it? how much lift? what size wheels? how often do you mud it?
not a DD anymore but has had 16" steel wheels and mud terrains and swampers for 6 years.

I have 8" of lift now but the majority of its life has been 3" BL and t-bar crank.

I don't just go mudding anymore, I go offroad for technical stuff but if there is mud around I will go play in it but throught my trucks life it has traveled in probably more mud than most. Since my truck is used as a ranch truck, hunting truck and just offroad in general.
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Old 01-28-2010, 02:02 PM
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with my 1990 toyota pickup with a 7in lift and 35 with a lockrite i NEVER had to replace my wheel bearings and that thing had over 260,000 miles and i wheeled the ever livin s*** out of it every weekend and i only had to grease them once and that was when i was putin the lift kit on and i had to take my hubs apart and just felt like i needed to and i bought a tube of valvoline grease and regreased them and they are still good even after i sold the truck i still talk to the guy and its still going strong on the orgnial ones. if i was you id be dong what has been said before me check to see why they are going out lift,tires offset of the tires and so on and go buy the most expensive ones from a different autoparts store and get some expensive grease and change them urslef
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