wheel bearings

Submitted: Tuesday, Sep 03, 2002 at 00:00
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Hi - just seeking advice on wheel bearings: life expectancy with a mix of bitumen and dirt; do they normally get noisy for a while and give an indication of needing to be replaced, or can they suddenly break up; and are there different quality bearings/recommended brands. I drive a 93 Disco, but presumably the life expectancy of bearings has more to do with how and where a vehicle is driven than vehicle type.

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Reply By: Slunnie - Wednesday, Sep 04, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Sep 04, 2002 at 00:00
On my old toyota the thing just let go, though I suspect there was water ingress from a river crossing. I find that the bearings loosen and play starts to develop in the hub, but I don't know if this relates to an impending failure or if it's just normal wear.
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Reply By: PETER - Wednesday, Sep 04, 2002 at 00:00

Wednesday, Sep 04, 2002 at 00:00
my 1999 disco done 78000 on and off dirt. towing 17' caravan ball weight 220k although truck restricted to 150k - never a problem with bearings - regards peter
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Reply By: ralph - Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00

Friday, Sep 06, 2002 at 00:00
Having owned a 94 model disco I have experiece with this: fistly if the wheel bearing where not checked and tightened every 10,000km this will cause bearing failure :secondly the early discos had poor build quality and quit often inferior parts where used:thirdly factory installed wheel bearings where sometimes put in wrong (you know this because you get noisy brakes and front tyres wear on inner edge to fast ) this being a negative camber problem and would wheel align to factory specs
Do not refer this to rover because they will tell you are mad (like they told me) but with alot of expense I findly found the problem.
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