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Re: Front wheel bearing is sealed?
Just thought I'd post a follow-up. It turns out that the real answer appears to be: "it depends."
I just took my '93 Tracker to the local mechanic. I watched him take the hub apart, clean the bearings, etc. The wheel bearings in my Tracker are NOT the sealed, cartridge type. The mechanic told me they are not, and I saw them with my own eyes. So that other mechanic who suggested that the bearings be re-packed instead of being replaced wasn't feeding me a load of bull.
But here's what has us scratching our heads: The Haynes manual that I just bought says that, starting in 1993, Suzuki went to a sealed, cartridge-style bearing. So what the hell is going on? Could it be that vehicles made early in 1993 had the older style bearings, with the switchover to sealed bearings coming later on in the year? Or maybe the Haynes manual is just plain wrong?