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post #1 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2001, 11:10 AM
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Wheel bearing hub

OUCH! They don't give these things away....whatever happened to $5 bearings? My truck (96 Blazer 4x4) has 100 000 miles on it.
1-Is it normal for the front bearings to need replacement with this mileage?
2-Should they be replaced in pairs, or can I do one now and replace the other when it fails?
Thanks for the info,
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post #2 of (permalink) Old 05-04-2001, 11:26 AM
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Re: Wheel bearing hub

I had one go bad at about 100,000. I replaced only the bad one and the other is still hanging in there. If I remember correctly GM wanted over $300 for it but I bought one from Advance for about $80. I have had no problems with it yet so it may or may not be of good quailty.

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Re: Wheel bearing hub

Not normal for me or my trucks. Mine have 174,000 and still going strong on the S15, 170,000 on the Blazer. Get the best ones you can afford thats my advice.
Just replace the one thats bad. Also try to get ACDelco parts from Adavnce or somewhere(alot cheaper than dealer).
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Re: Wheel bearing hub

<font face="Comic Sans MS"> They aren't cheap because they're sealed bearings, and the hub/wheel mount flange is attached to them, which is partially to blame for the higher cost... I have what appear to be the original wheel bearings on my 85 S truck and they're still in great shape at somewhere around 200k... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/cool.gif[/img]
I would replace only the bad one, but keep a close eye on the other one just to be on the safe side... [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]</font>

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Re: Wheel bearing hub

This is what I ran into recently buying AC Delco parts. In that past I had always used AC replacement plug wires. They were the correct length and had the wires numbered just like the truck came with. I bought another set from the GM dealer and when I went to put them on they were not numbered and were not the right lenths. They did fit but more like aftermarket wires. I went back and asked them about the wires and the guy over parts told me that GM had started buying some aftermarket parts and putting them in AC boxes. He said the reason being was to compete with places like Advance and Autozone. So in my opinion buying AC Delco now doesnt nessacarily mean I am getting better parts. Heck they may even be the same if the truth is known [img]/wwwthreads_images/icons/crazy.gif[/img]

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