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Re: Seating new bearing races
The bearing that went bad, and the two seats, were about 2 years old. There was a tiny bit of rust between the inner bearing cup and the spindle, but the bearing itself was clean, other than the galling.
So Taz, you would back off the tightness until you feel some endplay by rocking the wheel, and then tighten enough to remove the felt end play?
I backed it off a 1/4 turn and it felt like there was no drag and the wheel spun freely.
If 50 lbs isn't enough to damage the seats, I must have gotten some foreign material in there to cause the galling / pitting.
I cleaned the hub up real good. Soaked in solvent, wiped clean, then sprayed with brake parts cleaner and blasted out with an air hose. I've never seen them cleaner. So at least this time I'm sure they are uncontaminated.
The other front bearings were redone by me a few months ago. The inner race wasn't real tight, so I used some locktight on it. I can feel some endplay on it again, so I may need to eventually replace that hub, or perhaps its fine and all I need to do is retighten that set of bearings.
As for brand, I used Federal Mogul brand. I believe they are made in the U.S. of A. The other store sells Chicago Rawhide and Chinese makes. I didn't really plan this repair out well enough, and should have picked up all the pieces I needed before I tore it apart. I just wasn't sure what I was going to find. I wasn't certain the bearing was making that strange sound when I first started driving till I tore it apart.
On the seal end of things, I look at my old spindle and wonder if it isn't part of the problem if water gets in. The area where the seal rides looks like anything but new metal. It looks worn and slightly rusted / brown.