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Old 02-27-2012, 08:46 AM
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Bearings spinning on my 2wd spindles

97 F250 HD 2wd ext long bed.

Ok so my front passenger wheel bearings started squawking recently and doing it intermittently.

I knew I was do for some R&R on the truck so I went to Napa and got new hubs/rotors with races and also a set of bearings for both sides (4 total bearings) and new seals and brake pads.

Now I still have the squawking I pulled it all apart and saw heat deposits/streaks? on the spindle for the passenger side, and on the driver side the inner RACE (the large one) just fell right out when I pulled the hub!

I went and got some green permatex sleeve retainer and plan on fixing the race with it, but what do I do about the bearings spinning on the spindle? Should I glue those as well?
And what cause it in the 1st place?
I cleaned off 98% of the grease before installing the hubs and bearings the 1st time. I never thought I'd end up spinning the bearings if it wasn't 100% clean. This isn't my 1st bearing job, just the 1st one that's spun on me.


Are these Mexican bearings out of tolerance?
Thanks guys........
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Old 02-27-2012, 07:46 PM
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You cleaned the bearings before installing them?
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Old 02-28-2012, 10:29 AM
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yes, I put in brand new bearings freshly packed, and then wiped out the inner race and also the spindle. I did not 100% remove all grease residue, but I've never had to in the past.
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Only thing that comes to my mind is how much did you torque the spindle nuts to and how much did you back them off.
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I tightened them up till the hub had a hard time spinning, then backed it off about a 1/4 turn.

I've had the truck up on jacks till today.
I'll be reinstalling everything this afternoon.
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Well I replaced the bearings AGAIN with a higher quality part, and removed ALL grease from the inner bearing surface before installation and also used loctite sleeve retainer on the large inside bearing. I didn't locktite the small outer bearing and I'm still getting some horrendous squawking out of my front end.

I'm pulling the hub off tomorrow or tonight and puting sleeve retainer on the small bearing as well.

I hope my spindles aren't shot.
Could be a reason to convert to 4x4 (what a money pit)

Any one know of a source for spindles if I end up needing some?
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