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Re: Wheel bearing Timken, SKF or NSK [Re: Trav] #3514363 10/18/14 07:13 AM
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Originally Posted By: Trav

Another brand to consider is National, most i have seen are US made, they are now old under the MOOG brand name.


I realize I'm replying to an older post and I know manufacturing/outsourcing can change pretty fast, so....
The last National wheel bearings purchased by me were front wheel bearings for a Taurus and they were purchased locally. The first box I opened was American-made and the finish on the assembly was beautiful. The second box I opened was made in Korea and, compared to the first one, the finish was terrible. After I set them on the parts counter side-by-side, I could see that the Korean bearing was assembled wrong and was defective right out of the box. The parts man agreed with me and ordered me another one. Of course, it too was made in Korea but at least it was assembled properly. The Korean-made bearing lasted all of about 6 months. I exercised the warranty on it and got a replacement, but the owner traded the car a few months later, so I can't comment on how long the replacement bearing lasted.

Re: Wheel bearing Timken, SKF or NSK [Re: Kruse] #3514384 10/18/14 08:00 AM
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Your right! National it seems is no longer making hubs in the USA, the Moog is mostly Chinese from what i have seen.

I guess they were reboxing NOS for awhile. Too bad they were a good company.


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Re: Wheel bearing Timken, SKF or NSK [Re: willbur] #3515312 10/19/14 03:47 PM
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Trav-
Perhaps I'm mistaken, but it is my understanding that coo is only necessary if the part is foreign made. If it's made in USA, then coo label/stamp is not required.



This is mostly accurate. Only wholly imported items are required to have COO labeling.

But it's not quite as simple as saying "If it's made in USA, then coo label/stamp is not required." There are lots of classes of products that aren't fully imported, but don't meet the "made in the USA" labeling requirements.

Long story short, items that are assembled in the US, partially processed in the US, made in the USA, etc., are not required to have COO labeling. Companies often choose to include the labeling, but they don't have to.

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