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 Post subject: Wheel Bearings
Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 5:57 pm 
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Ive had a noisy wheel bearing in the EB since it got new rotors and bearings. At first I thought it was because they were done up too tight, but it did it when I backed them off as well. What I have found upon a bit of examining is that the inside bearing shell itself is spinning on the stub axle and not rotating on its rollers at all. How do I fix it as I havent come across this problem before.
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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Bearings
Posted: Fri Sep 03, 2010 6:56 pm 
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its quite possible that the stub axle will be worn and unusable.
only way to fix would be to replace the stub axle and fit new bearings.
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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Bearings
Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:27 am 
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Ok, this is how you fix it, you take a centre punch and a hammer and on the section where the bearing usually sits, you punch a series of small dots all the way around. Then after making sure the area is clean, you give it a nice soaking of thread locker, and then you tap the bearing over the axle gently with a hammer and drift. Will be a bastard to pull apart next time, but next time I will be replacing the stub axles so it wont matter.
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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Bearings
Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 11:28 am 
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dazza027 wrote:
Ok, this is how you fix it, you take a centre punch and a hammer and on the section where the bearing usually sits, you punch a series of small dots all the way around. Then after making sure the area is clean, you give it a nice soaking of thread locker, and then you tap the bearing over the axle gently with a hammer and drift. Will be a bastard to pull apart next time, but next time I will be replacing the stub axles so it wont matter.


see how long this lasts

 

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 Post subject: Re: Wheel Bearings
Posted: Sat Sep 04, 2010 1:00 pm 
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Yeah, it will be interesting wont it. The cause of the problem was the bearings were over tightened. Thankfully there are no hotspots on the hub or the bearing shells. The gap between the bearing itself and the hub was smaller than the thickness of a tiny piece of alfoil. When you put a series of indentations around the hub with the centre punch, the section of metal immediately next to where the punch hit has to go somewhere and that is generally upwards. There are about 50 punchs on that hub, and has a damn good dollop of threadlocker. Remembering that the torsional force of rotation of the wheel will take the path of least resistance, it pretty much wont have the ability of spinning on the hub now as the bearings themselves are now the weakest in terms of resistance. If it moves anytime soon, I'll go to red 'chicken place' and ask for the special sauce.
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