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 Post subject: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:12 pm 
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Hey everyone.
I seem to be changing wheel bearings every 3-4000ks.
Hardly anything. I don't mind changing them cos I get em $10 a corner but still.
So I had a little think.
Some possible reasons I thought of are that my car, (eb series 1) has 18x8 wheels, do larger wheels stress bearings?
Superlow springs, do lower springs cause stress?
No castor camber kit atm (have the kit but no cash to get it in lol), slight miss alignment cause stress?

What are you're thoughts?

Oh. I am installing the bearings correctly.

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:19 pm 
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im still running the wheel bearing that were in my car when i brought it 2 1/2 years ago which is about 35'000km and i dont know how long they were in before i got it?
i was running 17x8 rims on lows for 12 months and its been on 18"s for a year and a half..

it could be the grease your using or not enough grease or are you doing them up too tight???
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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:27 pm 
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are your Ball joints rooted? that might cause it? are you using the correct high temperature grease? Have a look at this too http://www.dba.com.au/system/files/private/docs/T001%20-%20Front%20Wheel%20Bearing%20Adjustment%20EA-EL%20Falcon_0.pdf
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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:29 pm 
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I have changed my bearings about 4 times now ever since I got my EL. First couple of times was due to me using the wrong bearing high temp grease. They only lasted me about 15000km or something. Last 2 years only had to change bearings twice...averaging 30000km per set.

 

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:35 pm 
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Ive done 30,000 on bearings in my old car then swapped the rotors n bearings onto the one I have now and done another 40 odd thousand and they are fine, car is lowered and used to be driven on country roads when I first bought it,

 

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:43 pm 
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Maybe using the wrong grease or the rear seals aren't in right?

They can be fiddly. They normally last for ages for me though. I only use the Timken ones, got 30K out of that last set in my EF before selling it, and they were still fine.

Try using the Timken ones, not the cheapest ones.
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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 10:45 pm 
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I did about 210000 ks on the front bearings in my old AU before the roo decided it wanted to go for a ride. Id say they would have done another 100 too, they were fine.
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Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:00 pm 
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I've never needed to buy a NEW set of wheel bearings, always just used the originals, or ones out of wrecks, cleaned and packed em a few times though.

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:07 pm 
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On my EL changed them whenever changed brake rotors. Went through rotors quickly (~10k), so the bearings were always good.

On the BF, never changed, hubs are separate to the rotors, so no need to pull apart/change the bearings. And they get a flogging, car's got more power, and when on track much more grip than factory (semi slicks FTW).

 

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:28 pm 
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i've done about 50000kms on mine. every service i check for play. the grease has been changed twice in that time. for a while i was running the original 15" without a camber kit. then had 17" without the camber kit. only had the camber kit about 12 months now. been on superlows the whole time. dunno why your s**t them so fast

 

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Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:29 pm 
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yeah something's not right there...3-4,000 k's is nothing...I replaced my fronts what 4 years ago? Maybe more? they're fine .. when you pack them you are getting grease right through them? best way's to just fill your hand up and sorta scoop them through, looking for the grease to come oozing out the other side - then do it a few more times to be on the safe side..sorry, I know you said you were doing it right, I don't doubt you, just trying to eliminate possibilities..

big wheels DO put a lot more strain on bearings, particularly big offsets..

 

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Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:34 pm 
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my work makes it easy. has a grease thing you sit the bearing in, push down and it forces the grease through

 

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Posted: Tue May 03, 2011 11:48 pm 
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Bigger rims increase the scrub radius which loads the bearings up.
When I was running the big wheels on my 4x4 it use to loosen off the bearings fairly quick but hasnt flogged them out yet.
Buy quality bearings! If you are getting them for $10 a side with seals etc they will be the cheap chinese ones.
When you change them are you also changing the outer race that knocks into the rotor? They should be changed as a pair both the cage and the race not mixed and matched.

 

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Wed May 04, 2011 12:26 am 
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i did the bearings on my car when i first got it and so far its done 50,000km and no issues,
you must be doing it wrong

 

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 Post subject: Re: How long do wheel bearings last you?
Posted: Thu May 05, 2011 1:58 pm 
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Thanks for the replys guys.
Yes I am getting the grease right through. Correct grease. Changing the whole bearing/races not just the bearings. New seals.
it could well be the bearings (burson ones) or could it be due to my rotors being close to minimum thickness that they heat up too much?
Im planning on new rotors soon anyway so ill change the bearings with qualitly ones. See how I go.
Oh and sorry its actually more like 5-6000ks now that I think back. Still sweet f**k all.
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