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#4492377 - 08/18/17 10:37 PM Wheel hub/bearing- life span?
HoosierJeeper Offline


Registered: 11/23/16
Posts: 1276
Loc: WI
I have 165k miles on my Liberty...got to thinking, am I on borrowed time with the front OE hubs/bearings? No symptoms of them being bad, but I'd hate to have an issue on an off road trip. Is 165k pushing it or can they be known to go quite awhile? I think SKF made them. I'd swap them out, but I'm weary that even new SKF replacements are Korean made (confirmed by someone else on a Liberty forum).

Thanks!
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#4492417 - 08/18/17 11:27 PM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
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Registered: 12/24/11
Posts: 4031
Loc: North Carolina
Wheel bearings have an indefinite life. Replace on condition.
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#4492446 - 08/19/17 12:07 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
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Registered: 07/19/17
Posts: 272
Loc: PR CA, USA
Leave OEM for as long as possible. All aftermarket bearings even from the dealer don't last as long. FCA, maybe different story. I have tried and ruined every brand of bearing on my f150 4x4 prerunner

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#4492468 - 08/19/17 12:35 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Nick1994 Offline


Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 10097
Loc: Phoenix, AZ
My Camry went about 215k on the original front bearings.

Depends on what the car is subejct to. My Jeep is driven hard out in the desert, it's wheel bearing life is treated differently than my Sonata which is obviously a pavement queen.
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#4492519 - 08/19/17 06:01 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
dlundblad Offline


Registered: 09/30/13
Posts: 10011
Loc: Indiana
My Jeep has one original and 1 new Mopar bearing that's about 4 years old. 60-70k perhaps?

You'll know by the sound when they need replaced. It's very distinguishable.

I'd personally still give SKF a try.
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#4492524 - 08/19/17 06:18 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
123Saab Offline


Registered: 10/27/10
Posts: 1573
Loc: PA
Replaced front bearings/hubs on my 03 Ranger @175k.
Front bearings/hubs on my 06 GTI @130k.
08 Liberty still going stron on originals at 130k.

Edit: The GTI's bearings/hubs were the easiest by far, $50 a piece and 25 minutes per side on jackstands in the driveway.


Edited by 123Saab (08/19/17 06:20 AM)
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#4492534 - 08/19/17 06:41 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
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Registered: 01/27/17
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Loc: USA
When did "Korean Made" become a bad thing?
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#4492543 - 08/19/17 06:59 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Donald Offline


Registered: 03/21/04
Posts: 20450
Loc: Upstate NY
I will bet many cars go to boneyard with original hub/bearing.
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#4492556 - 08/19/17 07:28 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
edwardh1 Offline


Registered: 01/17/03
Posts: 2941
Loc: Coastal South Carolina
what about your front rubber brake hoses.
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#4492558 - 08/19/17 07:28 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Claud Offline


Registered: 02/11/14
Posts: 593
Loc: Margate England
Never changed a wheel bearing on my wifes car in its 245k+ miles as a cab, with travel trailer towing duties at weekends. Don't sweat it, just replace them when they indicate they are worn. Might be today, might be they outlast the car.

Claud.

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#4492579 - 08/19/17 07:58 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
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Registered: 02/19/13
Posts: 984
Loc: Prospect, KY
Normally they don't just fail and strand you. There are indications / signs that tell you they are going bad. Noise is very typical but also you can often physically feel some wobble if vehicle is jacked up.
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#4492587 - 08/19/17 08:06 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
BrownBox88 Offline


Registered: 11/16/11
Posts: 282
Loc: Florida
Before the inner CV boot ripped on original axles at 300k miles eventually causing a nasty vibration on acceleration, the factory bearings were good, no noise and when i had my hubs out with the axles still in them, they spun freely without any bumps, grinds or noises.
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#4492628 - 08/19/17 08:48 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
eljefino Offline


Registered: 06/15/03
Posts: 32631
Loc: ME
I did one on a liberty I got from work. Pretty easy except the torx (raised torx?) was rusted and almost rounded out.

I'd say pull the bolts and anti-sieze them but they probably have loctite and you'd want to keep that in there.

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#4492691 - 08/19/17 10:00 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
mehullica Offline


Registered: 08/19/09
Posts: 554
Loc: Modesto,CA
Road quality has an impact on bearing life I believe. I worked in the Bay Area which has lots of potholes etc for 12 years & did tons of bearing replacements, when I worked in the valley I did very few bearing replacements & the roads there are much better. I've got 3 cars with over 200K & still have OEM bearings.

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#4492719 - 08/19/17 10:35 AM Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper]
Nitronoise Offline


Registered: 03/24/10
Posts: 488
Loc: Chicago Suburbs
I just got into my bearings on my 04 sonata where is started showing a growling noise going around on high speed ramps and turns 281 k on those here in them midwest/chicago/wisconsin areas
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