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Old 06-16-2014, 11:42 AM   #1
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Wheel Bearings ( Truck not trailer )

I'm chasing a mystery and I wondered if anyone on this forum could help. Since March of 2012 I have replaced my drivers side wheel bearing twice and the passenger side 4 times. Each time at the dealer using OEM parts.

I'm at a loss to why my Avalanche would keep going through wheel bearings. Each time the full hub assembly is replaced, the alignment is in spec everything checks out fine.

This morning my drivers side wheel nearly separated I dropped the kids off at school left the parking lot and the low hum which I thought were the tires instantly turned into grinding, banging, clunking metal.

Ideas anyone?
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:42 PM   #2
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I am at a loss as to why, but I have had to replace mine twice on my 03 Silverado. Drivers side went out about 50,000 miles. Another 20 or so and passenger side went out. About 120,000 drivers went out again and replaced both at same time. Pushing 160,000 now so I keep an eye and ear on them.
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:47 PM   #3
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Trade it in on a ford ?!?
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Trade it in on a ford ?!?
I would, but I need something that actually pulls.
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Old 06-16-2014, 12:59 PM   #5
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Is this your tow vehicle? Are you overloading the axles? Have you weighed your setup to be sure? Other than that I do not know.
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:09 PM   #6
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There is a lot in the front suspension that can go wrong. The Z angle on the torsion bars could be off, Ball joints could be bad causing excess wobble, plus your inner tie rods have a dampner on them that goes bad. Some or all of this could be the cause of your wheel bearings going bad quickly. When I replaced both of my wheel hub assemblys I found that all of the above was bad or worn on my truck. Once all that is replaced and or fixed, get an alligment to prevent extra strain. My truck handles nicely now.
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I would, but I need something that actually pulls.
Front or back wheels????

How well does it pull with bad bearings?
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Old 06-16-2014, 01:26 PM   #8
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These are on the front. There is no such thing as a packing wheel bearings anymore. This is a sealed unit that simply bolts on. They have been this way for years on GM products. Can't speak to ford and dodge.
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Doesn't Dodge still have a solid axle? I have had a few ifs chevy's without any problems with the front wheel bearings.
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Old 06-16-2014, 06:21 PM   #10
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Ok, no answer on that. My old '96 GMC still has the original fronts, packed once by me. But then again it's barely broke in at 167k.
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