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indigoE
08-07-2013, 05:19 PM
2003 passenger van, 147,000 miles

Had an alarming squeak coming from the rear wheel... thought it was a bad bearing, or metal-to-metal at the brake rotor. Turned out to be a piece of gravel stuck between the hub and caliper. No problem, but it made me wonder: at what point should the wheel bearings be routinely inspected?

Dingo
08-07-2013, 05:35 PM
Unless you can hear a rumble / groaning / growling sound , I would leave well alone .

You have to remove the half shaft to get to the bearing & it requires a slide hammer to extract the assembly .

If you do wnat to examine them , remove caliper & pads , refit wheel nuts / lugs tight ! to stop any movement of disc on hub face . Try to lift vertically up & down , very little chance of feeling any movement .

A better test would be to try to push / pull the flange away & towards the diff . as any slop will be felt more accuratly in that plane . that is why you refit wheel nuts / lugs . as long as your axle is oil filled , nothing is leaking & there are no noises , leave well alone :smilewink:

mean_in_green
08-07-2013, 08:08 PM
My T1N hubs span nearly a million miles without needing a bearing!