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Old 09-11-2009, 04:44 PM   #1
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Wheel Bearings

I'm starting to get a little squeak from the wheel bearings (im assuming) and was curious how difficult it is to rebuild/repack them. thanks guys

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I have the same issue. But from what I have been told there are no wheel bearings. There is a hub/axle then the u joints. Squeaks apparently are more often caused by the u joints. Good luck!

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since i plan on gettin under this weekend and greasin everything up, maybe that will help the squeak if there are no wheel bearings
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It's a unit bearing! Wheel hub assembly and you can't grease them!
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It's a unit bearing wheel hub assembly and you can't grease them!
True, the unit bearing hub is replaced as a sealed unit. But first verify it's not just one of the front axle u-joints that has gone bad which is making the squeaking noise.
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front or rear? The rear bearing gets oil because it is a "wet tube" axle in the back. The front unit bearing just gets pulled off and replaced with three bolts and the nut for the axle shaft. Remove the wheel, use an impact gun to remove the nut holding the stub shaft in place, disconnect ABS sensor, remove three bolts with 12 point heads that attach from the inside of the steering knuckle... then put the new one on and bolt everything back together. Use a torque wrench to set the torque on the three 12 point bolts. Hit the shaft nut with an impact to get it tight and you are good to go.
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does anyone know where i can pick these up for a reasonable price for the front wheels?
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If you by them don't waste your time on anything but Timkin! Rockauto.com has them for around $90 there the best! If you use Rock auto tell them Tom from Grass Roots sent you there one of our sponsors!
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If you by them don't waste your time on anything but Timkin! Rockauto.com has them for around $90 there the best! If you use Rock auto tell them Tom from Grass Roots sent you there one of our sponsors!
thanks hamilton. i looked at quadratec for a oem replacement and if i was lookin at the right thing they were askin about 160 a piece
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Quadratec's pricing and shipping charges are way out of line in my personal opinion. I've seen some items in their catalogs going for literally 3X what you can buy them for elsewhere, not to mention their outrageous shipping and handling charges. They have benefits like quick delivery and they carry almost everything but I'm not willing to pay that much extra for those two benefits.
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Quadratec's pricing and shipping charges are way out of line in my personal opinion. I've seen some items in their catalogs going for literally 3X what you can buy them for elsewhere, not to mention their outrageous shipping and handling charges. They have benefits like quick delivery and they carry almost everything but I'm not willing to pay that much extra for those two benefits.
ya i just checked with them because i find there website easy to get around. i also checked rockauto like suggested by hamilton and found them for about 120. I'm a college student on a tight budget so if i am able to find them cheaper from a napa or autozone, is the quality acceptable? or is it worth the extra money to buy them online?
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NAPA and Autozone, depending on the store, carry several different quality lines of bearings. Some are good, some aren't so good. If you can find a Timken unit bearing hub locally at a reasonable price, you would be fine.
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NAPA and Autozone, depending on the store, carry several different quality lines of bearings. Some are good, some aren't so good. If you can find a Timken unit bearing hub locally at a reasonable price, you would be fine.
Thanks jerry I appreciate the advice
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The auto zone near me has Timkin for $120 I can't stress enough don't buy cheap units! I did that and I'm paying for it now! I just looked on RO $96 P/N 513084
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The auto zone near me has Timkin for $120 I can't stress enough don't buy cheap units! I did that and I'm paying for it now! I just looked on RO $96 P/N 513084
ya i pulled up autozone online and got about the same price. i also pulled up napa and they had a unit for 100 or so but i dont kno what brand. but from the sound of things timkin is the way to go. ill just have to wait on it and pick me some up next pay day
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Make sure its the bearing before you go replacing things.

Typically a good way to test the bearing is to jack the wheel off the ground, and spin the tire with your hand, get it spinning, place other hand on the coil spring, and feel for vibrations. if there are vibrations its likely the bearing, if not, its not near as likely. As others have posted check ujoints for play, as they are not only cheaper, but they go out more often.
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Make sure its the bearing before you go replacing things.

Typically a good way to test the bearing is to jack the wheel off the ground, and spin the tire with your hand, get it spinning, place other hand on the coil spring, and feel for vibrations. if there are vibrations its likely the bearing, if not, its not near as likely. As others have posted check ujoints for play, as they are not only cheaper, but they go out more often.
i just need to take the time to get under there. will def check everything out before blowin 250 bux on something that doesnt need fixed
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Whatever you do stay away from the cheap unit bearings! I had the studs snap off my old hubs on my way home from work on Tuesday when I was driving by an autozone (the studs where over-torqued at some point) and I replaced it with a cheapo one because I'm in the middle of building up a D44 for the front, and I had the replacement hub split apart on my way home from work on Wed night and had to pay for a tow home. I swapped the studs onto my OEM hub and returned the cheap one and havn't had any more problems
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Whatever you do stay away from the cheap unit bearings! I had the studs snap off my old hubs on my way home from work on Tuesday when I was driving by an autozone (the studs where over-torqued at some point) and I replaced it with a cheapo one because I'm in the middle of building up a D44 for the front, and I had the replacement hub split apart on my way home from work on Wed night and had to pay for a tow home. I swapped the studs onto my OEM hub and returned the cheap one and havn't had any more problems
That's seriously scary!
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If you do need to replace the unit hub.. you are going to get a work out. You will need a 12pt 13mm closed end wrench for the 3 large bolts on the back of the steering arm thing.. a 36? mm deep socket for the hub nut. Also getting the unit hub free is not easy.. but you can use a long socket placed between the axle shaf yoke and axle tube to help it out, while turning the steering wheel.. also a section of tube to place over the 13mm wrech will do wonders too. Looks of good write ups on it out there..

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