Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by Petros » Thu Mar 14, 2013 2:26 pm

the clunking sounds like bad CV joints. when wheel bearings go bad they make a constant grinding sound, not clunk. clunking is almost certainly the cv joints, you replace the axles to replace the CV joint. It could be possible both are bad, but wheel bearings last a very long time and seldom fail, while CV joints regularly wear and usual need to be replaced at 4 to 6 year intervals (depending on how far you drive each year).

Impress upon your mechanic to only buy new replacement axles, and not to go for rebuilt cv axles. New ones are getting more difficult to find, the rebuilt ones are junk and do not hold up very well, some are bad right out of the box. Have him look around for a supplier that can supplier new axles, no re-manufactured. You can order them from Rockauto.com at a good price.
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by marlinh » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:28 pm

Once the axles are out it is easy to check the condition of the wheel bearings. They can be spun by hand and felt for roughness and play.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by dlb » Thu Mar 14, 2013 3:36 pm

marlinh wrote:Once the axles are out it is easy to check the condition of the wheel bearings. They can be spun by hand and felt for roughness and play.
best advice. props.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by lurvemytercel » Thu Mar 14, 2013 4:05 pm

Thank you dlb -- passed that info along to my mechanic. Fingers crossed.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by sdoan » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:18 pm

The pictures are back! I finally figured out that I could edit the original posts with photo links from photobucket.

Hope this helps people.

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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by garyfish » Tue Apr 15, 2014 10:32 pm

Thank you!

Having the pics back is a HUGE help!
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Re: Front Wheel Bearing Replacement

Post by ARCHINSTL » Tue Apr 15, 2014 11:47 pm

PROPS, Sean - Thanks!
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