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Wheel hub/bearing- life span? #4492377
08/18/17 09:37 PM
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HoosierJeeper Offline OP
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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!


15 Jeep KL Limited V6: Formula Shell 5W20
07 LR3 SE V8: Maxlife 5W30
05 Jeep KJ Limited: PHM 5W30
96 Jeep XJ Country: STP HM 5W30 (winter)
Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492417
08/18/17 10:27 PM
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Wheel bearings have an indefinite life. Replace on condition.


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Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492446
08/18/17 11:07 PM
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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

Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492468
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Nick1994 Offline
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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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Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492519
08/19/17 05:01 AM
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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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Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492524
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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.

Last edited by 123Saab; 08/19/17 05:20 AM.

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Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492534
08/19/17 05:41 AM
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When did "Korean Made" become a bad thing?


Multiple Diesel and Gasoline vehicles
Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492543
08/19/17 05:59 AM
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Donald Offline
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I will bet many cars go to boneyard with original hub/bearing.


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Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492556
08/19/17 06:28 AM
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what about your front rubber brake hoses.


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Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492558
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Margate England
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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.

Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492579
08/19/17 06:58 AM
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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.


96 Grand Marquis
01 Sable LS
02 Montero
Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492587
08/19/17 07:06 AM
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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.


1999 Mitsu Galant ES-V6 339k

Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492628
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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.

Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492691
08/19/17 09:00 AM
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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.

Re: Wheel hub/bearing- life span? [Re: HoosierJeeper] #4492719
08/19/17 09:35 AM
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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


07 Ford Freestyle 135K
04 Hyundai Sonata 280K
03 Hyundai Santa Fe 165K
02 Ford Tarus 98K
00 Buick Regal SC 135K
95 Goldwing 28K

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