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Old 09-12-2000, 01:41 PM   #1
cakagan
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Question Warning signs of wheel bearing failure?

For the past couple of days I've been hearing a squeaking noise coming from my front wheels. After awhile the noise goes away, but I'm concerned. I checked my brakes and no stones are stuck in the calipers, etc. Could this be a sign that my wheel bearings need to be replaced? Anyone know the part number(s) and how difficult it is to replace them myself (ie, special tools, etc)? I'd rather do it myself if no special tools are needed.

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Old 09-12-2000, 05:01 PM   #2
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The sound that my wheel bearing made before they went out was more of a humming sound, that was the rear though...
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Old 09-12-2000, 05:12 PM   #3
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After you've been driving for awhile, get out and see if the centres of the wheels are really hot (right over the hubs). This is usually the first sign something is wrong. The bearings will be very hot and will start to howl right before they go.
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Old 09-12-2000, 05:13 PM   #4
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Squeaking... nah, that's probably not a wheel bearing. Usually it's a hum, then a drone, the roaring, then it seizes and you do an Explorer impersonation.
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Old 09-13-2000, 07:11 AM   #5
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ColinL's description is right on the money. I remember vividly the progression of deterioration of my wheel bearing and the subsequent replacement of the wheel bearing and the hub asembly the second time. It is definitely NOT a squeak.
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Old 09-13-2000, 09:10 AM   #6
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So could this be a problem with my brakes? I installed Raybestos (I know, I know) on all four corners, and they squeal every time I apply the brakes. Could they be dragging?

-Kagan
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Old 09-13-2000, 09:59 AM   #7
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mine made a loud squealing noise for a day, drivers side front wheel. i brought it in to the dealer and sure enough new wheel bearing, no grease was left in it they said. had the car about 2-3 months.

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Old 09-13-2000, 10:47 AM   #8
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some brake pads squeal as a normal part of their operation. the original equipment pads only squealed when they were near the end of their life.

your new raybestos may be the former.
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Old 09-13-2000, 10:51 AM   #9
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is it tough to replace wheel bearings yourself? I took mine to the mechanic and it was about $350 for both of the back wheels.r
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Old 09-13-2000, 10:52 AM   #10
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I will never again put those kinds of pads on my car. I was short on cash at the time they needed changing and will be replacing them very soon with Mintex or similar...

-Kagan

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Old 09-13-2000, 10:53 AM   #11
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They're easy... you can take the hub off yourself, then i just brought my hub, and the bearings i got at a low price to a machine shop, and they did it for $30 a side.
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