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bad wheel bearing?

Old 03-11-2011, 08:24 PM
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im pretty sure its a bad wheel bearing, when i turn to the right i get a "waaawaaawaaawaaa" sound but when i drive stright or turn left its silent... i have a haynes manual but couldnt find anything about the rear bearings, do i need a whole hub assymbly or just the bearing and or do i need a bearing puller??? after this she will be a perfect running car, then i could start on the bodywork... thanks Kevin
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Old 03-12-2011, 12:01 AM
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im pretty sure its a bad wheel bearing, when i turn to the right i get a "waaawaaawaaawaaa" sound but when i drive stright or turn left its silent... i have a haynes manual but couldnt find anything about the rear bearings, do i need a whole hub assymbly or just the bearing and or do i need a bearing puller??? after this she will be a perfect running car, then i could start on the bodywork... thanks Kevin


When my rear wheel bearings went bad they droned all the time. I have not replaced the rear bearings in an FC, but in the FB, you have to have to take the axle out and have the old bearings pressed off and new ones pressed on, if the FC is the same you won't be getting them off with a puller.
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Old 03-12-2011, 02:00 PM
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The fb is a solid axle, the fc is independent I think so it'd be different.



Lift the car and shake down the tires. Jiggle side to side to check the tie rods, free play at the knuckle means you need a new outer tie rod, free play on the inner tie rod (the boot where the tie rod connects to the rack) means you need a new inner tie rod. Shake up and down while watching the knuckle to check your bearings. Any free play requires replacement. If there's no free play, spin the tires. If the bearings make noise, replace (pay attention though as the brake pads on the rotor can make a noise similar to a bearing noise). Also pull up and down on the a arms/trailing arms to check bushings and ball joints. Any of these things mentioned with exception to the bearings will require re-alignment.



More often than not a roaring noise is a bearing unless the brakes are grinding. Let me know what bearing, if it's that, and I'll give you a rough breakdown of how to change it.



You can also get instructions from the fsm's we have saved on this site
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Old 03-13-2011, 08:37 AM
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The fb is a solid axle, the fc is independent I think so it'd be different.



Lift the car and shake down the tires. Jiggle side to side to check the tie rods, free play at the knuckle means you need a new outer tie rod, free play on the inner tie rod (the boot where the tie rod connects to the rack) means you need a new inner tie rod. Shake up and down while watching the knuckle to check your bearings. Any free play requires replacement. If there's no free play, spin the tires. If the bearings make noise, replace (pay attention though as the brake pads on the rotor can make a noise similar to a bearing noise). Also pull up and down on the a arms/trailing arms to check bushings and ball joints. Any of these things mentioned with exception to the bearings will require re-alignment.



More often than not a roaring noise is a bearing unless the brakes are grinding. Let me know what bearing, if it's that, and I'll give you a rough breakdown of how to change it.



You can also get instructions from the fsm's we have saved on this site




ok thanks ill try that in a few and let you know, you guys are a great help
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Old 03-14-2011, 02:46 PM
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yea thats the wheel bearing. i was just having the exact same issue. replaced the pass side rear wheel bearing and the sound went away.
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