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#4437447 - 06/21/17 10:17 AM Front wheel bearings, which brand
redhat Offline


Registered: 12/07/12
Posts: 1706
Loc: Anywhere, USA
Just want to be prepared for this upcoming weekend. Will be checking out more front end components on my Accord.

In the event I need wheel bearings up front, what is the best brand money can buy.

They are the press-in style and I do not want to do this job twice. The hubs in the back, I'll do them every year without a worry.

Thank you.
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#4437454 - 06/21/17 10:21 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 12/24/11
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F.A.G. or SKF for me.
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#4437465 - 06/21/17 10:28 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
Miller88 Offline


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I hear good things about SKF.

Timken is, apparently, good but that's not been my experience.
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#4437468 - 06/21/17 10:29 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
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Timken usually has quality bearings assuming they make them for your vehicle. OEM would be an excellent choice also.
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#4437482 - 06/21/17 10:49 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 04/17/12
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Loc: Boston, MA
I have had issues with everything but OEM. Timken I feel like isn't what it used to be and I had SKF that failed in a month. Installed perfectly. If you plan on keeping it for a long time I would stick with OEM
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#4437488 - 06/21/17 10:54 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 04/08/06
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Loc: Birmingham, AL
SKF is producing a lot of their bearings in China now, among other places. Quality still seems fine for the most part, but I haven't used many. Most of the SKFs I have bought are sealed hub assemblies for GM trucks...no problems, so far.

NTN/Bower makes bearings in the US still, though I don't know if that's the case for all of their bearings.

Koyo is usually made in Japan.

NAPA carries these and F.A.G. under their Altrom line. The brand you get depends on the specific part number and what they have available. I bought Altrom line bearings for my truck and got Japanese Koyo for the outers and US NTN/Bower for the inners. I haven't used them yet, but they look great.


Edited by 01rangerxl (06/21/17 10:59 AM)
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#4437497 - 06/21/17 11:01 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 01/07/09
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If I remember correctly the last few "Timken" bearings I purchased for several Hondas had NSK bearings in the box. NSK is probably what is in your car now.
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#4437505 - 06/21/17 11:10 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
Jimzz Offline


Registered: 10/03/14
Posts: 1140
Loc: NoVA
National, Timken, F.A.G, or SKF are my main go to for good bearings.

Look them up at rockauto for the pictures. If the bearing says made in japan on it then its a OE bearing. Many national and timken are just reboxed OE part on some Japanese cars.
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#4437526 - 06/21/17 11:33 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
So far so good on the Timkens on the front of my Camry and Jeep. A little early to tell but no complaints so far.
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#4437530 - 06/21/17 11:38 AM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
Linctex Offline


Registered: 12/31/16
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Loc: Waco, TX
Use whatever isn't the "cheapest" ... Bearing quality can vary a LOT. OEM parts should be good (but pricey)

On another note, if you don't have the proper tools and equipment, don't attempt to press bearings in and out - just get the hub assembly.
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#4437556 - 06/21/17 12:02 PM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
PeterPolyol Offline


Registered: 03/06/16
Posts: 1345
Loc: toronto
Even the big names (SKF, Timken) are sub-contracting out to the Chinese, so beware. On a Ford Explorer for instance, it really doesn't matter what brand you get - Motorcraft or Timken - the front bearings are still a regular service item.

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#4437561 - 06/21/17 12:08 PM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
meep Offline


Registered: 02/20/07
Posts: 3551
Loc: Southeast
the shop I use prefers national. they say they've had the fewest come-backs with them.
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#4437613 - 06/21/17 01:11 PM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 12/22/13
Posts: 2041
Loc: socal
I recently replaced my hub assemblies on my escalade w the high end brand from Oreillys cuz I needed to replace them asap and couldn't wait for shipping. So far so good and it has a 3 year warranty. Oem is always good as I got 174k miles on the escalade
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#4437662 - 06/21/17 01:57 PM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 04/13/13
Posts: 2226
Loc: The Northeast
Get Honda bearings to remove any doubt about quality.
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#4437664 - 06/21/17 01:58 PM Re: Front wheel bearings, which brand [Re: redhat]
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Registered: 01/24/08
Posts: 10133
Loc: OH
Napa sells two kinds of SKF bearings. One is a reboxed unit and the other more espensive one is a true SKF which is what you want.

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