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Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... #4458426
07/13/17 04:10 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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So I am at the dealer having some brake work done on the Accord and they just told me one of the hubs is making noise. I have always noviced some noise but it has never been excessive and it's not a noise you can pinpoint. It just sounds like tire noise. What do I do? Wait for it to get worse or go ahead and have it replaced?


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458441
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It is easy to check.

You can jack the car a little bit till tire is off the ground and rock the tire both on the x-axis and y-axis.
If it feels loose or there is a play instead of tight and you cannot rock it, that means you need a hub bearing.

Check Youtube on it. The process is valid for any cars not Accord specific.

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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458456
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You have noticed a noise that sounds like a wheel bearing and a mechanic has found a problem with a wheel bearing. Maybe it's time to trust a mechanic. A bearing can make a noise and have no play in it. I'm cheap, but I would have had it done when the mechanic had it up on the lift.

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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458457
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Replace the hub bearing, sometimes you wont feel play in them but get noise. The reason is on most cartridge type hub bearings there are two sets of ball (usually ball) bearings, one set can be tight but the other one is worn and making noise.

+1 Wobbly, posted same time.

Last edited by Trav; 07/13/17 04:30 PM.

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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: JMJNet] #4458462
07/13/17 04:32 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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Originally Posted By: JMJNet
It is easy to check.

You can jack the car a little bit till tire is off the ground and rock the tire both on the x-axis and y-axis.
If it feels loose or there is a play instead of tight and you cannot rock it, that means you need a hub bearing.

Check Youtube on it. The process is valid for any cars not Accord specific.


Ok, just went out to service bay. There is no play in the wheel but there is vibration when spinning it. Is this normal?


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
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40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458470
07/13/17 04:37 PM
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gregk24 Offline OP
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They said caliper was sticking, which I kind of expected (either that or stuck slider pin). He pushed it back in and it's functioning fine now


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458485
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Have someone check the torque spec on the axle end nut just to rule that out. Twice I have been told about the "looseness" of the hub bearing only to find that a tightening to the 150 ft. lbs. in my car took out the play. A ruined wheel bearing will make a lot of droning noise usually, you won't have to wonder where the noise is coming from. It's expensive when you have to replace the hub carrier and all. I learned that too.

Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458489
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So they declared you need a hub bearing without doing basic diagnosis? What kind of place is that?


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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458504
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They probably noticed the noise when doing a test drive after doing the brake work, is my guess.,,

Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: Trav] #4458505
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Originally Posted By: Trav
So they declared you need a hub bearing without doing basic diagnosis? What kind of place is that?


They spun the wheel and could feel slight vibration. I felt it too, but there was no play. I asked to feel the other one but the wheel was off. I asked to feel it later. Just got back and he spun both wheels without the wheels on (so just the hubs) and the "bad one" actually spun more freely. He said the other one (good hub) was harder to spin than the bad one, since the good one had more grease in it. Is any of this making since?


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54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: BigCahuna] #4458506
07/13/17 04:57 PM
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Originally Posted By: BigCahuna
They probably noticed the noise when doing a test drive after doing the brake work, is my guess.,,


The tech said he noticed it when pulling around to the bay.


2012 Honda Accord EX-L K24z3
54,xxx miles
PPPP 0w20 / Fram Ultra

2014 VW Jetta SE 1.8T ea888
40,xxx miles
Castrol OEM dealer fill / OEM filter
Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458526
07/13/17 05:22 PM
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At what mileage is your car? I'd assume the 47,000 miles in your signature is in need of updating.

Hey, my sister's "new" Mazda3 had a front bearing go at something like 42,000 miles. Under warrantee they replaced them both.

"They don't make 'em like they used to".

Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458545
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Originally Posted By: gregk24
Originally Posted By: BigCahuna
They probably noticed the noise when doing a test drive after doing the brake work, is my guess.,,


The tech said he noticed it when pulling around to the bay.


I've had them go from some humming, to horrific, hurt your ears noise in a single trip. It had to be quite bad if the Tech noticed it pulling into the shop. FWIW, I've not had one where you could feel play in the wheel with the wheel off the ground.


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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458579
07/13/17 06:23 PM
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When the rear hub bearing went bad on my Accord, it was an all-or-nothing deal. Out of nowhere one day, it sounded like a turbo prop plane was taking off. When I spun the wheel, it made a rumbling noise. No play, though. Easy DIY on mine; I assume it's the same on your 8th gen.


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Re: Dealer says I need new hub bearing.... [Re: gregk24] #4458588
07/13/17 06:29 PM
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On my old Explorer (2006) no play but loads of noise. Replaced both front and quiet when I sold it.
On my old Intrepid loads of play no noise. Replaced it. Y


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