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Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? #2593442 04/08/12 08:50 AM
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My new to me truck needed front brakes. Once I got into it I found out that somebody had packed the bearings with White Lithium grease.

That grease is fine for a door hinge but not for a disc brake wheel bearing that gets driven @ 65+ mph eek

So the high quality Made in USA Timkin bearings were pitted and full of metal chips.

I was stuck w/o a car, no cash on me and the only place that I have a charge account with is Napa. So I had them bring out some bearings.

2 of them were SKF brand and made in China. The other 2 were plain white box Made in China. All 4 looked to be the same manufacturrer just a different box.

I packed them with Valvoline Moly wheel bearing grease. I wanted the synthetic grease but Napa and A-Zone didn't have that.

(I had enough cash on me to pay for grease if A-Zone had it)Anyway it's back together, seems fine but now I have Cheap Chinese bearings in the back of my mind.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593447 04/08/12 08:57 AM
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Same here when replacing my belts. The new pulley are half the weight of the factory Toyota's! Had "china" on them.
Hopefully if you regrease them often they'll last.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593454 04/08/12 09:01 AM
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napa seems really into china


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593462 04/08/12 09:14 AM
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I have Chinese bearings in my trailer, Knock on wood, they have been pretty good. They have been in there about 10,000 miles and this springs greasing shows no abnormal wear.

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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593463 04/08/12 09:16 AM
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I have one Advance Auto wheel bearing on my Jeep. So far it's been fine. I had one fail with not even 50 miles on it.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593465 04/08/12 09:17 AM
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Chinese parts are as good or as bad as their buyers were willing to pay for.
NAPA generally doesn't sell junk and SKF is a reputable brand, even if the parts were made in China.
Rest easy and see how they do in service.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593527 04/08/12 10:23 AM
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More and more parts are from China, its hard to find parts made in the USA.

Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593537 04/08/12 10:31 AM
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For loose tapered roller bearings,I wouldnt hesitate to use Mexico,China sourced bearings.Heck,your new trailers are all equipped with Chinese beaings OEM! As for hub assemblies,avoid at all cost.You just cant replace the poor grease,the lousy metal quality or the imprecise tolerances that the Chinese products possess.

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I have a chinese bearing in my wife's saturn. And I redneck installed it with a freezer, barbecue, and hammer instead of the proper press. A year later, no issues. And I bought it on price alone, from Advance.

Forget the brand but it could be SKF.

Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593656 04/08/12 01:01 PM
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Hopefully they will last untill it needs brakes again. Next time I will be more prepared


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I bought a Gates pulley made in Canada this past week and right on the bearing it has Made in China on it, i guess the plastic and the box were Made in Canada.
It seems you cant get away from this stuff.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2593865 04/08/12 06:07 PM
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As far as tapered wheel bearings, I am not sure....
However, for hub assemblies, always avoid China. Their hubs last 10,000 miles.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2594039 04/08/12 09:20 PM
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My Dexter trailer axle did have China bearings, well one bearing out of 8 was Romanian. When it was time to repack I did replace them with made in USA Timken, not because the Chinese bearings showed horrible signs of wear or problems, but just because I wanted to.

You were in a pinch, sometimes you just have to use what is available. I'd just check for any increase in end play or anything else as they wear. FYI, I have bought USA Timken bearings at Autozone.

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I put some cheap white box wheel bearings on a 2001 Sunfire (owner's choice) and they were done in 6 months. She had a better quality set installed the next time around and theyve been problem free since.

I always buy National (when I bought for my Saturns) and I never had one go bad twice after replaced.


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Re: Just how bad are Chinese wheel bearings? [Re: Chris142] #2594423 04/09/12 11:04 AM
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So when getting Timken bearings, do you have to pull them out and make sure they are stamped USA? It seems timken stuff is from all sorts of manufacturers and thrown in a Timken box. I got three Timken hub seals and all three were different looking and had different Chinese or Taiwan markings.

Can you still get Japanese SKF bearings?


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