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Old 03-06-2018, 07:26 PM   #1
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You forgot ball joint failure - presents as a side-to-side movement like a tie rod.
I can't understand how people can let a wheel bearing get to the point it wobbles - they roar like crazy long before they get that worn.
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You forgot ball joint failure - presents as a side-to-side movement like a tie rod.
I can't understand how people can let a wheel bearing get to the point it wobbles - they roar like crazy long before they get that worn.
It depends on the failure mode. I've had three bad wheel bearings on the front of my WRX. None of them growled or howled.
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It depends on the failure mode. I've had three bad wheel bearings on the front of my WRX. None of them growled or howled.
Possibly your issue is improper axle torque when replacing bearings. I replace any where from 2 to 8 a week and in seven years I have only seen two that did not make any noise. Of those two only one was wobbly.
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Possibly your issue is improper axle torque when replacing bearings. I replace any where from 2 to 8 a week and in seven years I have only seen two that did not make any noise. Of those two only one was wobbly.
A very likely scenario! What is your preferred torqueing technique?

The first two of the failures I speak of were the original wheel bearings, from when the car was built in Gunma, so probably not a torque issue there...
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A very likely scenario! What is your preferred torqueing technique?

The first two of the failures I speak of were the original wheel bearings, from when the car was built in Gunma, so probably not a torque issue there...
Torque specs per FSM. One way to hold the axle is to assemble the rotor and caliper and apply brakes.
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