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Old 10-21-2009, 01:26 AM   #1 (permalink)
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F350 Front wheel bearing

Just found out my passenger front wheel bearing is shot. should I replace both just for safety sake??? I have 35 12.5X18's on it, is aftermarket Ok or should I go with OEM?
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Old 10-21-2009, 10:12 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I had the drivers side bearing fail a year ago and just had that side replaced as I was on the road and needed to get it fixed to get back home. No gaurantees on how long the other side will last but it still bothers me. Will probably pull the passenger side off and replace it when I get the chance just for the peace of mind. Suspect you will be a lot happier knowing both sides have been done than worrying about when the second bearing will fail. Much cheaper to take care of when done at a time of your own choosing.

I've heard some of the cheaper hubs don't last so would make sure your get a quality replacement.

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Nope - just keep an eye on it.
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I did the passenger side bearing over 2 years ago, the drivers side was just checked out by Ford about 2 months ago and they said it was still in great shape. If it aint broke don't fix it, let that bearing take you as far as it's going to take you, you may change it out today and a year later the new one you put on could fail whereas the original could last well after you sell the truck.
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Be sure and change the bearing races as well. I buy my bearing at a dealer who handles bearing/etc as his business. Same bearings and whole lot cheaper
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Be sure and change the bearing races as well. I buy my bearing at a dealer who handles bearing/etc as his business. Same bearings and whole lot cheaper
The 4x4 does not have a separate bearing and assembly - it is all one unit - so you have to replace the whole thing.
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If you go aftermarket make sure you get a Timken or SKF When I got my truck they had put the cheapest from Advanced Auto 1 only lasted 9 months (less than 10K mi) the other is going to be replaced soon (its been 40K mi)
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