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Unhappy Rear Hub bearings

OK wasnt entirely sure what section to put this under . How long do rear hub bearings usually last it was about two years ago i had new rear hub bearings put in and then i noticed this morning that my rear driver side hub bearing is shot I lifted the car and I can wobble the tire.

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OK wasnt entirely sure what section to put this under . How long do rear hub bearings usually last it was about two years ago i had new rear hub bearings put in and then i noticed this morning that my rear driver side hub bearing is shot I lifted the car and I can wobble the tire.
The factory dual-taper needle bearing design on Sweetie's Cougar is still in good shape, after 90Kmiles and 20 years.

The cheap ball bearing design most places list instead? You might have gotten about all you'll get out of those.

The proper bearings are either Timken Set49 ($28.79 at RockAuto) or National 513058 ($37.79 at RockAuto).

What you will normally get is something more like Timken FC66998 ($4.55 at RockAuto. Yah, it's quite a bit cheaper. Guess why?) That's what O'Reilly, Advance, and AutoZone sells around here.

'Course, you could just order a preloaded knuckle set with Delrin bushings from DLF here. If you have the cash, that might be the best choice.

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They should last almost forever, if the hub is in good shape and the axle is properly torqued.

They also have to be properly installed. My guess is that either your hub is slightly damaged or the last set wasn't installed correctly.

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Im pretty sure i went with the national bearing , i dont like to be cheap about it !

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