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Old 06-02-2011, 12:31 PM
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Could it be my strut? Can't figure out the problem.

I bought a car in August of 2010 and I could feel by driving it that the breaks and roters needed replaced Which is not an expensive, expensive fix. A couple of months after fixing the roders/breaks, the bearing started going out. So, called Dad, and he taught me how to go and buy a bearing, have a shop hydrolically push out the old one and insert the new one. Less than a month later, had to buy another bearing because that one started going out. We also bought an axel in case that was what we thought was causing the bearing to go out again.?...I had learned that my dad didn't pull the hub bolt tight enough..he just twisted it in far enough to put the cotter pin in. Shortly after that, the bearing went out again... Dad spent $500 to replace the bearing and the hub which needed replaced also, and replaced a few nuts/bolts/joints on that side of the car. Now this time .. it doesn't sound like the bearing, it sounds like the hub...when I jack up the front end of my car.. and give it a bit of gas.. the front left tire is wobbly.. And in driving the car it makes a sound and I can feel the vibration pretty bad.. the tire feels like it's going to just roll off of the car And I don't know what keeps causing it to do that.. it did the last two times I have needed to replace the bearing. Doesn't sound internal at all. For sure is the left front wheel. The last time my dad replaced the bearing he also got the tires aligned; they said that the strut on the right side of the car is a little bent. Which will keep the tires from in alignment; which was caused from an accident of previous owner:the front right side of car was hit. What is causing my left front wheel area to be doing that? Could the right bent strut cause it? The previous owner did not have this problem with the car. Only after I replaced the breaks/rotors and then it went down hill from there. Front left Wheel sounds like rusty metal is bumping/grinding a bit against rusty metal. Getting worse.. what do I do?
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Old 06-02-2011, 04:21 PM
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Give as much detail about the vehicle as possible, make, model, 2 wheel drive, 4 wheel drive, etc.
It may be as simple as the means the shop is using to press in the bearing, they could be ruining it from the start.
A lot of late model front wheel bearings are very torque sensitive. Some can require 180 ft lbs or more of torque.
More info will help.
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Did the shop actually use a press? Or did they beat it back on with a hammer? It does sound like a bearing issue, and I seriously doubt you went through a string of bad bearings. Nobody has that bad of luck. Sounds like a bad install...
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If it is not in alignment, that has nothing to do with the axle or bearing. The strut is the first to bend when the tire gets hit it is simple mild steel (well maybe HHS but it is thin). The knuckle could also be bent, not knowing how bad it was hit you don't know. A real alignment shop who does collision repair may be able to help you, your average tire shop doesn't know squat about damaged components.

Now, if it's out of alignment this may cause bearings to go out but man oh man it would have to be a mile out. I have to assume there is something with the knuckle and the bearing can't be properly installed because of it.

But I would say, by what we experience everyday here in the shop when a wheel gets hit hard enough to bend some suspension component there is a VERY good chance other pieces are bent.

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