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Well, a short time ago I started hearing the tell-tale signs of rear bearing failure. You know when it happens because you'll hear the brakes rubbing on the rotor on the failing side when they're not applied This is most often a slight metallic rubbing sound you'll hear at parking lot speeds with the windows down. If you hear it, CHECK IT OUT SOON!

I'd had the windows up almost all the time (wind dries out the wife's contacts) and hadn't heard anything. Well I drove around with the windows down a few days ago and heard the evil noise. It had gotten bad enough that the rotor was rubbing on the inside of the rear caliper bracket. VERY bad thing to happen.

So I pulled her apart a couple of days ago and this is what I found.

http://www.tccoa.com/rides/sirwilliam/badbearing1.avi

http://www.tccoa.com/rides/sirwilliam/badbearing2.avi

The hub was shot too. Thankfully I had a new hub sitting here waiting to go on. :)

So keep this in mind, if you can hear it, FIX IT!
 

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geez... I'd say about a few blocks further your wheel would have passed you at the light. I'm hearing something like that but I have drums. Front hubs are on my list of parts. Guess I'll look into the rears.
 

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Hey SW, is that you on the vid???:tongue: DAMN I though you were a skinny guy.. :D BTW, bad on the hub man...
 

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Skinny? Hell, I'm still fat in the funky fun house mirrors. LOL! :D
 

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Sir William said:
Skinny? Hell, I'm still fat in the funky fun house mirrors. LOL! :D

:uppoint: :uppoint:


You know what, the same thing happened to my dads 96 Cat, but he didnt had to replace anything, prolly he got lucky...
 

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Is that rotor bolted to the hub like that? And what exactly does this slightly mettallic sound, sound like... ?

Sam
 

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heh....my front brakes squeak but i don't remember my hub doing crazy crap like that. i can drive my car and the front brakes squeak, but i tap on them, and it is fine for a bit. and it doesn't do it all the time....any idears?

Wiz
 

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Tx_Cat said:
Hey SW, is that you on the vid???:tongue: DAMN I though you were a skinny guy.. :D BTW, bad on the hub man...
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glad you caught that wheel bearing until it was too late. That sucker has a ton of play.

Brian, no more pics of bills *** please.
 

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Good thing you caught that.

:zwthstpd: ...Think I'll check my hubs...
 

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When mine when bad it started wobbling so much I thought I had a flat tire. When I pulled it off I was able to wobble it around just like Sir William's in the video. Luckly I was only about a half mile from a friends house and she was kind enough to let me borrow her T-bird for a week so I could get mine fixed. What a great friend.





 

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how much are those things cost anyway?
 

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The bearing is only around $35-40. I picked up the hub/spindle used for next to nothing. Ford quoted me 30 minutes to install them both into the hub carrier but wound up doing it for free. Still not sure why.

Keep in mind, you don't want your regular shop pressing the new bearings in. When the MN12/FN10 came out with the IRS, Ford released a specific die set for shops to use to change the rear bearings. They're designed so that you do not ever put pressure on the bearings themselves. The kits cost the dealers a few hundred initially, but every dealer should have one. Without the die kit, you're just begging to ruin the bearings trying to install them.
 

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Actually had a 92 Cougar in today with a bad right rear bearing today. I thought it was kind of odd when I saw it come in today after reading this thread yesterday. Weird. Took about 45 minutes for the install. Not very painful at all.
 

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you mean those price are just for the bearing? not the whole spindle???
 

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heh you never heard any `clunking' over bumps and such??? heh when my first Bearing went.. that's what i heard, among with a scary `looseness' of the rearend over bumps too..

but yah my hub on that one, was had like a 1/16th of an inch `machined' from it where the bearing was on it.. I'm guessing the bearing siezed for abit??

Saddly i think i have another one gone.. and i'm too scared to check since it'll be my 4th one ?? i've replaced on this car since i bought it in '97... i the orgina failed bearing i had ford replaced with a new bearing and hub.. lasted all but a year and abit.. the rest where used Complete knuckles for like $100cdn :)
 
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