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Old 02-28-2013, 04:09 PM
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The most important thing weather you re-use or install new is to be sure you pack them properly. Most bearing failures are due to improper packing or dirt getting into them. I have seen guys just smear grease on them. This will cause failure in short order. A bearing packer is a good investment and they work real well. I have one that looks like a can. You put the bearing in it and squeeze it in a vise to force the grease into it. Quick and easy. I always keep a few small boxes from parts orders or oil filters around to put bearings and the nuts in if I am just doing a repair. Keeps them clean and safe.

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The most important thing whether you re-use or install new is to be sure you pack them properly. Most bearing failures are due to improper packing or dirt getting into them. I have seen guys just smear grease on them. This will cause failure in short order. A bearing packer is a good investment and they work real well. I have one that looks like a can. You put the bearing in it and squeeze it in a vise to force the grease into it. Quick and easy. I always keep a few small boxes from parts orders or oil filters around to put bearings and the nuts in if I am just doing a repair. Keeps them clean and safe.
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I think I've lost my concern. After cleaning them, they look new. No lines or colors at all. I also started thinking that this is a decision that can be made next time it needs brakes. Everything comes apart and has to be cleaned anyway. I wouldn't ever put new pads on the front without turning the rotors.
As long as theres no grooves in the rotors I normally don't have rotors turned anyway.
My dad has a 78 chevy 4x4 he bought new with close to a million miles on it ,front rotors have never been turned.
Hes gone through several sets of pads/ball joints/u joints/clutches/midas lifetime mufflers........... but he always brags about the original untouched brake rotors on front of it!
Hes one of those guys who keeps a little book with everything hes done to his vehicles since he bought them.
Anyway Id just repack the bearings and replace the seals myself
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As long as theres no grooves in the rotors I normally don't have rotors turned anyway.
My dad has a 78 chevy 4x4 he bought new with close to a million miles on it ,front rotors have never been turned.
Wow! Any pictures of this truck? Is it still in decent shape? I've heard of diesels going a million but for a gas truck that's very rare.
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That truck has been with him down in Arkansas since he moved down there in late 80s.
The body has gone to hell over the years but hes got another rust free cab and box for it,new gm doors /front clip......
you can still eat off the motor in that truck,hes run mobil 1 in it since it was new.
Origional motor had close to 400,000 plus on it when he got bored and decided to stuff in an rv cam and a set of olf fuelie heads he had reworked with hardened seats and valve job.
That thing still had the original cross hatch in the cylinders with standard bore and original untouched bottem end.
He put about 100 miles or so with new top end when one of the new hardened seats came out and broke a piston and scratched a cylinder wall!
So he had to pull it apart and have it poked .030 over and put it back together with new bearings/pump/chain....... while he was in there.
That motor still has the original untouched standard crank with another 500,000 plus on it since then.
My old 96 ford plumbing service van has 320,000 on it with original drivetrain in it also,just keep putting mobil 1 in there and keep all the filters including trans changed.
I also dump the oil in rear axle once a year,doing ball joints and radius arm bushings on the ford this weekend
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Awesome! It's nice to see people actually keep vehicles and get the full life out of them, It's pretty rare nowadays with everyone wanting a new car every 3 years.
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Awesome! It's nice to see people actually keep vehicles and get the full life out of them, It's pretty rare nowadays with everyone wanting a new car every 3 years.
You're absolutely right. I can't count how many times someone has suggested to me that I just sell my truck and get a new one because it has 250,000 miles on it. Like it has any resale value anyways
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