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post #1 of (permalink) Old 01-25-2001, 09:53 AM
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What are the symptoms of a bad rear bearing?

How would you know if a rear bearing is going bad?
I've developed a shimmy in the rear that I cant track down.

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Re: What are the symptoms of a bad rear bearing?

Check wheel balance. Check your rear driveshaft. It all is okay, then it might be the bearings.

Sometimes they begin to howl at hiway speeds, then you get into the grinding sounds as they continue to wear out. I've seen one where the bearing was so bad that it broke apart and began wearing on the axle shaft itself!

But if it's just a wobble/shimmy, it might be something other than a bearing. Jack up the rear and spin the tires and see which one makes noise or wobbles.

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Re: What are the symptoms of a bad rear bearing?

shawn normally a wheel bearing doesnt make a sam wobble it will grind or sqeal and begged to be fixed . I would crawl under and push the drive shafts around with the rear end jacked up souds lke a ujoint or maybe alot of ice or snow in your wheels this is common depending on where you live

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Re: What are the symptoms of a bad rear bearing?

I know somone where their bearing broke into a bunch of peices.Luckyly it didnt hurt anything.
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Re: What are the symptoms of a bad rear bearing?

I had a rear bearing get so hot it melted the seal which had a plastic outer rim. That seal had been replaced by the previous owner though. I won't use that type.

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Re: What are the symptoms of a bad rear bearing?

On more than one occasion I've had radial tires cause shimmy when they started to go bad. Look for a bulge in the tread area or tread separation. It only takes one tire going bad to make a really funky wobble. Try swapping in your spare. Bearings shouldn't cause a shimmy and if they're bad are usually easy to hear and/or feel.

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