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Old 18 Feb 2012, 03:44 pm
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I replaced my drivers side wheel bearing in Sept 2011, and had an alignment in Jan 2012. When I went to service the brakes yesterday, I noticed a little movement at the drivers side wheel. The only thing moving is the hub. Just great. Before tearing it apart again, I went to my parts store/machine shop to make sure everything will be replaced at no charge. The owner said no problem, just bring it in. He marked my receipt so anyone will honor our conversation. I then drove to the shop that did the alignment and they said no problem with a courtesy adjustment. It sounds like this is going to work out, but what's up with Timken wheel bearings. It's less than 6 months old with about 7k miles. I now have to tear it apart again.
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I had the same bad luck with the driver side bearing. It was a Timken also, and lasted about 6 months too, but now I put a National ( made in china )...BUT, I think it went bad because the cv axle was going bad too...Maybe the extra vibration of the axle made the bearing go bad?
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I had the same bad luck with the driver side bearing. It was a Timken also, and lasted about 6 months too, but now I put a National ( made in china )...BUT, I think it went bad because the cv axle was going bad too...Maybe the extra vibration of the axle made the bearing go bad?
What about the ground strap on the front strut? You guys running them? Do they actually help with this?

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What about the ground strap on the front strut? You guys running them? Do they actually help with this?
Oh yeah, I do. I'n my case I think I messed up the cv axle when I forgot to take the traction control off, when I went to the track.

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Old 18 Feb 2012, 06:19 pm
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Oh yeah, I do. I'n my case I think I messed up the cv axle when I forgot to take the traction control off, when I when to the track.
Were is a good source for the straps?
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Old 19 Feb 2012, 08:50 am
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I would get the factory ones from the dealer.
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Old 19 Feb 2012, 08:58 am
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IMO also has to do with the way they pressed them. After I pressed myself never had a problem.
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Old 19 Feb 2012, 09:12 am
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I'll let the machine shop do it again, the price is $0. I'll ask them to just press enough to seat them.
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Yeah, do that..or I can always press it for you if you want.
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I would never replace one bearing, matter of fact my driver's side is getting a tiny bit of play in it too, but I'm doing both fronts. And you guys are gonna laugh, guess who is going to press mine in? drum roll.... Michael Waltrip of all people. I keep bumping into him at breakfast or at lunch at one of our local restaurants and I tease him every time I see him. He's a funny guy and his shop does a monthly tuner day on his dyno. He's let me wander in a few times so I bumped into him again and asked if he had a good press I could borrow to seat my bearings, he's like, "hey, just bring them by, my guys will take care of it for you"....lmao....
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