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post #1 of (permalink) Old 07-01-2002, 06:56 AM
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New bearings, now what???

I am new to posting on the board, read many posts but never signed up. Now I had to. I have an 83 CJ7. After installing a new Weber carb, the Jeep was so quiet, I noticed the grinding sound from the front right wheel. The grinding quickly turned into a screeching noise. I figure that the bearings were going. Removed the rotor and inspected bearings, found thin metal slivers in the grease and wear on the race and rollers. Not severe but they were old and needed replacing. Put everything back together, drove around the block - still grinding. Gave up for the day and went home. When backing out of the driveway, ther was an awful screech. Grinding comes and goes on the road, when I turn to the left, it almost dissappears. Has anyone had this problem? Any ideas on further trouble shooting?
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Re: New bearings, now what???

If you can see wear than they need replacing. Not hard, just get both bearing. They are different size bearings. Clean out the hub and knock out the old races. Always replace as a set. Be sure to tighen the bearing nut as specified. I think you torque the first nut to 50 f/p then back off a 1/4 or 1/2 turn, then tighen the second nut. Someone will post to confirm or correct the measurements.
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Re: New bearings, now what???

hmm, have you checked your brakes too, I know its a dump question, but I still have to check. is you hub in good shape, it could be engaging and the spindle bearings are bad, or even the U-Joint
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Re: New bearings, now what???

I replaced the pads and even put on a new caliper (couldn't get the bleeder screw loose - it was too rusted) The hub was in perfect shape (flat and round, not warped). I didn't check the U joint or the spindle bearing. Though the drive shaft was solid in the spindle i.e it wouldn't move around much. Would the spindle bearing yield the same noise as a worn wheel bearing?
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Re: New bearings, now what???

What about the u joint on your axle. The one on the knuckle. Does it do with or without hubs locked etc.
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