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Bay window front wheel bearings

Discussion in 'Steering, brakes & Suspension' started by rstucke, Oct 20, 2020.

  1. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    Unhappy
    Febi bearing bit more than 10,000km

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    Did some research and got Timkens (which I have a lot of respect for)
    Part numbers are on the box in the pic

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    According to the failure charts
    Could have been corrosion while in the packaging then slow distruction (there was no hint of water in the hub), couldn't see the damage unless you break open the bearing.
    could have just been fatigue (my guess)
    Maybe Febi was manufactured in a town called Germany in China.
     
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  2. David H

    David H Well-Known Member

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    That's just crap manufacture:(.
    Even the China Germany can make decent steels.
    Every bearing I've taken out of a box has been oiled so cannot cop damage inside box.
    On the upside only the inner race surface 'let go' with no destruction to needles or outer race, from the hardened material, that I can see.
    Inner race certainly gets more heat so surface subjected to more.

    Thanks for the look:).
    Cheers
     
    Last edited: Oct 21, 2020
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  3. Wayne murray

    Wayne murray Well-Known Member

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    Did both sides fail ,or was it the left or right hand side that fail.
     
  4. oldman

    oldman Super Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a near side , front bearing fail due to water ingress via the speedo cable, at the beam side.
    Replaced and sealed.....no more rumbling sounds....;)
    Cheers,
    Mark
     
  5. rstucke

    rstucke Well-Known Member

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    one outer bearing on the driver side. I changed all the bearings in the front end.
    My guess corrosion in that bearing in storage as the others were in good nik
    They were dry from memory when I took them out from there wraping
    they were Febi bearings maybe old stock
    failures show a similarly pattern on the charts

    Timkens are what I consider to be the holly grail (not sure how to spell that) and from a bearing service that knows how to store them
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2020
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