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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 04-14-2019, 07:17 PM Thread Starter
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front wheel bearings getting alittle loose?

think you have to replace whole unit?
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Yes it is a sealed bearing and have to replace the hub assembly. There are a lot of cheap off shore made bearings out there for cheap prices or there are the major brands like Moog, Timken and AC Delco. Even these brands have different levels of quality bearing. Cheapest isn't always the best.
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They are good for well over 100K. They are sealed and not serviceable like in the past. You have to buy/replace the entire hub Assy that come with new ABS sensors installed but good news is they are available and relatively reasonable.
Don't buy a no name hub (<$100) though because the quality is suspect. I'd recommend GM or Moog, Timken makes them also but they are twice as much.
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I'll be replacing the front wheel hub/bearing assemblies on my SSR sometime this week or next week. I purchased the AC Delco FW121 front wheel hub assemblies to install.

I'll be creating a YouTube video of the installation. It appears to be one of the "easier" installations of suspension parts for the SSR.


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I went with the AC Delco part # FW121 because it was the best warranty. It carries a life time warranty on it. The others are only 12 months for the Timken and 36 months on the Moog.
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Started looking at bearings because of this thread, and ran across this technique for diagnosing front hub bearings. I hadn't seen this before, so I thought I would share it.

" I had originally thought the driver side bearing was the bad one but using the Spring Test technique I figured out the passenger side was actually the bad bearing. This technique is where you lift the drivers side tire off the ground jacked by the frame, reach in and grab the spring with one hand, then spin the tire. If the bearing is bad you will feel a distinct vibration coming up through the spring. I felt nothing so I then lifted the passenger side front tire off the ground, held the spring and turned the tire and immediately felt a rumble coming up through the spring. So I took the tire off, caliper and brakes etc got the bearing in hand and yeah it was shot."

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That's a great tip! It might save someone money AND grief.

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Started looking at bearings because of this thread, and ran across this technique for diagnosing front hub bearings. I hadn't seen this before, so I thought I would share it.

" I had originally thought the driver side bearing was the bad one but using the Spring Test technique I figured out the passenger side was actually the bad bearing. This technique is where you lift the drivers side tire off the ground jacked by the frame, reach in and grab the spring with one hand, then spin the tire. If the bearing is bad you will feel a distinct vibration coming up through the spring. I felt nothing so I then lifted the passenger side front tire off the ground, held the spring and turned the tire and immediately felt a rumble coming up through the spring. So I took the tire off, caliper and brakes etc got the bearing in hand and yeah it was shot."

HTH
I wonder if this will work on the SSR front end. The springs on our trucks are a coil over type set up and they are setting on rubber pads on the lower end of the spring on the shock and also use a rubber pad at the top. Plus the lower shock mount is mounted to a bolt going through a rubber mount on the lower control arm. I don't know that any feeling from a bad bearing would go through and be noticeable on the springs.
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AC Delco has 2 grades of parts Advantage which is 12 months 12,000 miles and OE Hubs and Bearings which carry a life time warranty on them The FW121 is the OE Hub assembly and would be covered by Ac Delco for life tie according to their web site if purchased after 4/1/2018. I wonder if the listing on Amazon was done before 4/1/2018 and they never updated it when the warranty changed?
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