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Old 03-01-2018, 11:29 PM   #1
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Talking with a local garage, they either install generic, which they say most people go with and they have to replace about 1 in 10 during their one year warranty, of the SKF bearings, which they say very seldom need to be replaced. What has your experience been?

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Old 03-02-2018, 01:39 PM   #2
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...PERSONALLY I'VE USED TIMKEN WITH GOOD LUCK, JUST MY .02, DC

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Old 03-02-2018, 03:01 PM   #3
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...PERSONALLY I'VE USED TIMKEN WITH GOOD LUCK, JUST MY .02, DC
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Old 03-02-2018, 11:15 PM   #4
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Default Re: Best wheel bearing brand?

I get mine on Amazon from Detroit Axle. I have used them to replace hubs on three Vues in the last year and all are working fine with up to 20K miles on them. I am not sure whose bearings are in the hubs but I have not had an issue with any of them. Good price and quick delivery. Good luck getting the old ones out.

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Old 03-03-2018, 03:14 PM   #5
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...PERSONALLY I'VE USED TIMKEN WITH GOOD LUCK, JUST MY .02, DC
That's what thought until I had one go out on me after about 2 years.

I think SKF premium are better IMO, so far so good - still lasting after about 4 or 5 years.

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Old 03-03-2018, 09:44 PM   #6
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I get mine on Amazon from Detroit Axle. I have used them to replace hubs on three Vues in the last year and all are working fine with up to 20K miles on them. I am not sure whose bearings are in the hubs but I have not had an issue with any of them. Good price and quick delivery. Good luck getting the old ones out.
Chinese bearings. And that place has a pretty bad Yelp rating https://www.yelp.com/biz/detroit-axle-ferndale and they are priced above Rock Auto. I went with AC Delco GM Original Equipment made in USA, not the cheaper Advantage line from China. Not cheap but they lasted 14 years and 190,000 miles the first time.

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Old 03-03-2018, 10:51 PM   #7
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Another vote for SKF bearings here. SKF is best, and Timken is a distant second IMO. I will no longer use Moog bearings. I don't think they are as good as the National brand they replaced.

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Old 03-05-2018, 01:40 PM   #8
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SKF it is. Thanks!

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Old 03-05-2018, 01:52 PM   #9
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I like that term "The Best!" I highly doubt if that holds true, just what is best for me... & at what cost?

Going for Wheel Bearing #11 this week.

These things should last longer than the 11K they have been averaging, that goes from Timken to China's best, hitting a pothole will knock anything out.

Why I never bother with alignments anymore.

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I like that term "The Best!" I highly doubt if that holds true, just what is best for me... & at what cost?

Going for Wheel Bearing #11 this week.

These things should last longer than the 11K they have been averaging, that goes from Timken to China's best, hitting a pothole will knock anything out.

Why I never bother with alignments anymore.
The old expression, you get what you pay for. I installed a $90 wheel bearing once in an old beater of mine, went out after 1 year. Last time.

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The old expression, you get what you pay for. I installed a $90 wheel bearing once in an old beater of mine, went out after 1 year. Last time.
Not necessarily, some of those yearlings that went out were high end.

Gotta worry about the road chemicals & how clean the area is too during install.

Bearings used to be $10-20, were easy to install & generally lasted the life of the vehicle (or at least 100K).

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...I'VE GOT 60,OOO ON THE TIMKEN SO FAR, REPLACING THE JUNK GM ONES THAT LASTED ABOUT 10K UNDER WARRANTY WHEN NEW. ONLY COMPLAINT I HAVE ABOUT TIMKEN ,IS A REAR ABS SENSOR IS JUST STARTING TO GO BAD ,IT IS ABOUT 2MPH OFF COMPARED TO THE REST OF THEM [ TIMKEN ON ALL 4 ]. WHEN I REPLACED MINE WITH TIMKEN ,THE BOXES HAD MADE IN USA ON THEM . SOME NOW ,DO NOT, MAYBE THAT MAKES A DIFF. JUST MY.02, DC

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