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Old 04-09-2012, 09:47 PM   #1
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I am fusterated. Is there any reason why my saturn sl would go through front bearings. I had them just replaced with Canyon that to help we no problems
2 weeks later they are both bad confirmed by me and my mechanic. Same thing happend last year when replacing 2 weeks then whent bad. The car never been hit good aliment all new frontend parts.
Could motor mounts cause this? the worn but not broke.
I don't know I do thank Canyon for the help and learing.

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Old 04-09-2012, 11:54 PM   #2
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I am fusterated. Is there any reason why my saturn sl would go through front bearings. I had them just replaced with Canyon that to help we no problems
2 weeks later they are both bad confirmed by me and my mechanic. Same thing happend last year when replacing 2 weeks then whent bad. The car never been hit good aliment all new frontend parts.
Could motor mounts cause this? the worn but not broke.
I don't know I do thank Canyon for the help and learing.

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when you replaced the bearings did you replace the hub as well?

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Old 04-10-2012, 12:19 AM   #3
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Yes I replaced the hub Came in a kit Made by Moog the bearings are national.
Moog is making national bearings know I guess.
Everything has been replace but the struts themselves.
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Old 04-10-2012, 06:23 PM   #4
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Did you do the work yourself?
The bearings have to be pressed in. If they are hammered in, they are destroyed in the process.
I'd say installer error.

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Yes I replaced the hub Came in a kit Made by Moog the bearings are national.
Moog is making national bearings know I guess.
Everything has been replace but the struts themselves.
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Old 04-10-2012, 07:41 PM   #5
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Also, when they are pressed in, if at all possible, it is best to apply all pressing forces to the part being pressed in. If at all possible, do not transfer forces through the balls. If pressing the outer race into the knuckle, then use a diameter of pipe (or an outer race from an old bearing) that matches the size of the outer race of the new bearing. If pressing the inner races onto the hub, then use a diameter of pipe that matches the size of the inner race, so that forces are applied directly to the inner race. Don't press on the inner race to drive into place the outer race.

I have hammered into place new bearings myself, which have given me many miles of good use, but I used a non-hardened steel dowel, and applied blows 180 degrees apart to the race being driven into place. This is by far not a preferred method, but it can work if force is applied to the sides of the races. If you hammer one race and send the force through the ball bearings to the other race, the balls will surely become dented, and the bearing will be destroyed. If a press is available, that is the preferred method, and should be used whenever available.

I do not see the need for a new hub, but new parts are generally always a plus. It can be a real pain to get the outer half of the inner race off of the old hub. I used a torch and a chisel with 180 degree blows.

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Old 04-11-2012, 01:01 AM   #6
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Thats the way it was done. A member on here named canyon helped me do it it was done right. outer race to push in the bearing into hub inner race to put spindle in he use a wheel bearing tool the pulled the spindle in while the force was on the inner race on the opposite side. so he pulled the spindle through.
I didn't see any problems and went in smoothly were all tight and smooth turning no play before I put them on the car. I took it to the shop for front end aliment after car drove perfectly strait strait steering wheel.
so I don't know. I would never beet on a wheel bearing.
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Old 04-11-2012, 09:55 AM   #7
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Look at the box your National bearings came in. The reason they fail is printed on the box.
Made in China.

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Old 04-11-2012, 01:12 PM   #8
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They never us to be made in china. Is there still any wheel bearing that is good made in the good old USA totally made no foreign parts?
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Old 04-11-2012, 01:32 PM   #9
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SOME Timken bearings are US made. No idea if they have a US-made one for our cars. You have to check the particular part number and contact them, or find one in a box. There were actually both US and Asian (China? Taiwan?) made bearings for my wife's truck.

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Old 04-11-2012, 02:13 PM   #10
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First off, I sympathize with you living in NY at all,lol! I know the roads in WNY EAT suspension!

I know with the Vue's bearings are always being done,endlinks are always being done, and brakes are always being done(3 times now in a year and a half just for me!) The parts for these vehicles are just so poorly made it's ridiculous!! i'm just glad they're so cheap. It's still frustrating having to make more repairs on the vehicle i'm paying for over the 14 yr old SL!

Did you replace these bearings yourself last year as well? If you want to rule out installer error, your only option is to take them and have them done. At least if they go in 2 weeks again, you can have them take care of it under warranty!!!

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Old 04-11-2012, 04:39 PM   #11
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not me Another garage did last year. I had help this year to show me how to do them so I could in the future A member on here canyon help me and he did a good job.
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