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Old 08-17-2022, 03:50 PM   #1
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SO replaced both front wheel bearings about 20k as part of the 750k maintenance I did. I've always used Timken bearings and used them again this time.

I've replaced a number of them over the years and miles not only on my car but others as well. Every single bearing was a ball bearing with a split inner race. This bearing however was a roller bearing. The inner race had locked up and was now spinning on the hub. The one thing that really struck me was the total lack of grease inside the bearing.

So I took the new bearing and slid the inner races out and guess what, ball bearings and a near lack of grease. The lack of grease is an easy fix.

Now I'm just wondering how long before the other side fails.

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I put a Timken made in china in my 02 passenger side about 20k miles ago....I'm still expecting it to fail.

I couldn't find any bearing that were not china. The SKF I put in the drivers this weekend said to see the catalog for point of origin......
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The last Timken I installed, a "SET39" tapered-roller, was engraved "Made in USA"
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I’ll admit I bought the Timkin on Amazon…..
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...The lack of grease is an easy fix...
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Do you have a recommendation on what grease everyone should use?
It sounds like adding grease should be routine...
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Timken is turning into garbage, at least when it comes to their bearings. Due to the labor involved with pressing them in the knuckle, it’s worth the time to get OEM. They’re currently made in Canada – part number 18018861
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Timken is turning into garbage, at least when it comes to their bearings. Due to the labor involved with pressing them in the knuckle, it’s worth the time to get OEM. They’re currently made in Canada – part number 18018861
Thanks, if you hadn’t told us, we would never know. You’d think “Made in Canada” would be a selling point!
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I've had much better luck with the consistent quality of SKF bearings.

Timken not so much since the company split/corporate games/exec payouts gone wild several years back.

https://news.timken.com/2013-09-05-T...ded-Companies#
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I've had much better luck with the consistent quality of SKF bearings.

Timken not so much since the company split/corporate games/exec payouts gone wild several years back.

https://news.timken.com/2013-09-05-T...ded-Companies#
An SKF is in the drivers side. Sadly the boxes said to look in the catalog for point of origin. I’m guessing China.
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