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Switch wheel bearing right to left side? #4616105
12/27/17 06:23 PM
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GerGa Offline OP
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I have an extra front wheel bearing from the right side of my car that I replaced in error. It turned out the "grinding" sound I was hearing when taking left turns was just low steering fluid. So the bearing is fine but I have another car that might have a bad left wheel speed sensor, which would mean replacing the whole bearing/hub.
Does anyone know if it will be ok to use a bearing in the opposite direction? I'm not sure what to think of it.
Thanks

Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616117
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Look up the part on an auto parts retailers website and check if there is a different part for left and right.


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Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616119
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If it is a press in bearing there is no way you will remove it intact.


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Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616146
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GerGa Offline OP
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It comes as a wheel bearing and hub assembley; non servicable. The left and right are the same part number. I just wonder if its alright to switch rotation after it spent 80k miles spinning in one direction.

Last edited by GerGa; 12/27/17 07:26 PM.
Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616158
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That should be OK. Worst that happens is there is only a short life left and you eventually have to buy a new one anyway.

Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616290
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It should work fine. Precision bearings don't "take a set" to one rotation.


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Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616322
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as long as the part numbers match side to side it'll be fine. I don't know of any vehicles that use a different wheel bearing from left to right.


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Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616329
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You should be fine, but do you remember how you removed it?

If you beat the heck out of it with a hammer to get it off the first time, I would buy a new one. smile


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Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616356
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Char Baby Offline
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Originally Posted By: GerGa
It comes as a wheel bearing and hub assembley; non servicable. The left and right are the same part number. I just wonder if its alright to switch rotation after it spent 80k miles spinning in one direction.


Hmmm, that is a good question!
However, since you believe that you're in need of a wheel bearing on the other side and are willing to do the work, give it a shot, what the hey! smile Good luck!


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Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616479
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The bearing does not care which way it is rotating. Heck, you do put the car in reverse sometimes. laugh

Re: Switch wheel bearing right to left side? [Re: GerGa] #4616752
12/28/17 01:56 PM
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I believe the main question is, can the bearings spin in the other direction after many thousands of miles of spinning in one direction, mainly at hiwy speeds and without premature wear now, due to spinning the other way?

Reverse is only used for several mph and for short durations. I believe that bearings in good condition/good lubrication won't care, one way or the other(no pun intended).

Last edited by Char Baby; 12/28/17 01:59 PM.

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