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Old 11-30-2005, 11:51 PM   #1
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Default Wheel Bearing problems in a GC @ 67k miles?

So I went to the shop today to pick it up after getting 4 new tires put on and they told me that I needed a new wheel bearing in the left rear of the car. Has anyone else had a wheel bearing problem so soon? I don't know too too much about stuff like this, but maybe I'm just freaking out because I had to change the same one twice in two years in my last car (a VW)? Just wondering if anyone else has had a wheel bearing problem so soon...

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Old 12-01-2005, 12:59 AM   #2
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So you were told you needed one and you obviously have experience with wheel bearings being dead or dying. Do you not hear it howling or squeaking at you?
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:35 AM   #3
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They say it is loose and that I can drive on it for another few weeks. No I haven't heard any sounds like I heard out of the last car when those wheel bearings went. It's a shop that I've been going to for the past 6 years and my mom grew up with the owner so I'd like to think that they are not trying to swindle me. I'm not sure what to do in this situation...just trust them?
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:41 AM   #4
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Just wondering if it seems a little soon to have a wheel bearing die?
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Old 12-01-2005, 02:53 AM   #5
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It sounds like they are trustworthy; I am sure they are trusting their experience in giving you the advice they have. The amount of mileage you have isn't huge, but it isn't trivial either. A bearing, and any part for that matter, has a 100% probabliity of failure given enough time. I would just drive on it until it starts howling, then replace it.
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Old 12-01-2005, 03:37 AM   #6
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theres a few things you can do.... first to test your wheel bearing the cheap easy way is to look at it head on put both hands on top of your tire and push in. IF it sorta clicks or moves inward and it ISN'T the tire thats flex but you can feel the whole wheel itself than the wheel bearing might be startng to give. if you can't hear it grind or wine wile driving, it might be what happen with my car. do you have any tools? try loooseing your axle nut in the rear then tighten it back to factory spec. then try testing it again and it should be all good. if you suspect that it is bad and it failed the test but your not sure if your accurate try testing the other wheel and feel what that is suppost to feel like or some other random car. make sure you give it a good push too
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Old 12-01-2005, 07:43 AM   #7
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You made it further than I did before one failed. I only had 23,000 miles on my RS when the right rear went bad. Subaru was replacing the bad ones under warranty with the LGT wheel bearings since they are made better.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:56 AM   #8
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2001 RS
105k miles... loads of rally and rally cross... OEM wheel bearings.

I wonder when my time is coming.....

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Old 12-01-2005, 11:11 AM   #9
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Just wondering if it seems a little soon to have a wheel bearing die?
nope, subbies have notoriously poopy wheels bearings, replace them with legacy ones and your golden.
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Old 12-01-2005, 12:13 PM   #10
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could i get the shop to do that?


would it be a good idea or safe to only have them do one of them with a legacy bearing?
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Old 12-01-2005, 12:18 PM   #11
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i had one of my bearings go on me on my 01 at about 60-70k. the guy at the dealer changed them (both rears) out for me free of charge and said the design was an older wheel bearing design and needed to be changed out. he also said it was a somewhat common problem in the GC line.
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Old 12-01-2005, 12:22 PM   #12
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04 STi - 47000 miles front left started to go. I figure it's just a consequence of autocross and hard street driving. Replaced it with OEM bearing (Thanks Subie Gal!!), but I did clean it out and go with a better grease. We'll see how long it goes this time.

There is a rather long thread in suspension area that has some folks discussing finding a source for uprated ones. Last I checked the only one they found has a 10% higher load rating. I emailed Timken to see if they make race class ones for our cars, but unfortunately they do not, and the OEM style one they carry is just a re-boxed one that has already been investigated in the aforementioned thread.
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Old 12-01-2005, 12:29 PM   #13
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I wonder when my time is coming.....

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Howd you do that?!!!!

105k been through 5 sets of wheel bearings, really should be 2 but carter subaru bent me over and had their way. The stock bearings in the GC's are ball bearings, my first time they went out at about 50k, from then on it was 3 years of going back and forth and have nothing but idiots **** it up. Finally I got a job at subaru, and had a tech come in on a weekend and help me out. I bought the part myself so I know I was getting the newer bearing legacy/wrx watever you wanna call it, its a roller style bearing instead of ball. Ide like to take the time to thank carter for forgetting to put grease in, puting in the wrong parts, not do the right side and costing me way to much money! BTW if ur bearing is going, it starts as a low hum and gradually builds to a helicopter in the trunk, I now know that sound oh to well. usually its the rears and you wont need a new hub, ive heard when the fronts go ull need new hubs.
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Old 12-01-2005, 04:06 PM   #14
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I had a left rear go on mine at 50k.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:46 PM   #15
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could i get the shop to do that?


would it be a good idea or safe to only have them do one of them with a legacy bearing?
the legacy bearing is basically the new standard for replaceing older impreza wheel bearings. it fits exactly the same and has far fewer problems. in fact, when i ordered new ones for my 99L, they sent me the legacy ones.
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Old 12-01-2005, 08:58 PM   #16
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Howd you do that?!!!
no idea...

OEM wheel bearings on the WRX too
and we know what "that" car has been through.

I wonder if aftermarket wheels have any effect on bearing stress?

offset issues maybe?

i run OE wheels....

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Old 12-01-2005, 11:38 PM   #17
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I went through 3 rear wheel bearings in my RS within the first 36k. It was a pretty common issue, well, at least there were quite a few post back in the day.
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Old 12-02-2005, 01:09 AM   #18
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Is it just a screeching when driving? I was wondering if my rear bearing went out. I get a whine when I'm driving sometimes, not braking, and even have the whining when it's wet out.

Right now it's raining in the SF bay area...no car port so don't wanna push the tire in while its raining so hard. heh

Someone let me know eh? thx.
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Old 12-02-2005, 01:41 AM   #19
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a lot of lugs arent torqued to spec either, that causes them to fail right quick. I'm sure Jamie's are always torqued to the right spec, and that probobly helps.
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Old 12-02-2005, 03:14 AM   #20
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Jamie works at a dealership and races cars. I'm sure her car is top notch
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no idea...

OEM wheel bearings on the WRX too
and we know what "that" car has been through.

I wonder if aftermarket wheels have any effect on bearing stress?

offset issues maybe?

i run OE wheels....

Jamie
Ive been running OEM wheels as well, ur wrx has the roller style bearing, im curious as to what bearings ur 01 has, as mines a 99. I thought all GM/GC has the ball bearing. Maybe ur just not running boo hard enough
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Old 12-02-2005, 01:09 PM   #22
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75k when my RR wheel bearing started making a low grumble sound and was replaced at Chaplins. oem wheels and tire sizes.

just seems to me that if the grease stays clean and doesn't leak out that a wheel bearing should last a very, very long time. my RX7 had 255k miles on the original wheel bearings.
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Old 12-02-2005, 02:03 PM   #23
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So I went to the shop today to pick it up after getting 4 new tires put on and they told me that I needed a new wheel bearing in the left rear of the car. Has anyone else had a wheel bearing problem so soon? I don't know too too much about stuff like this, but maybe I'm just freaking out because I had to change the same one twice in two years in my last car (a VW)? Just wondering if anyone else has had a wheel bearing problem so soon...

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Yes, i was about to sale my car and the wheel bearing went out at 69k miles and I had to get it fixed. I was like wth also. BTW it was a 2003 WRX!
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I wonder if aftermarket wheels have any effect on bearing stress?

offset issues maybe?



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yes they will.
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