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Wheel Bearings

I have heard the wheel bearings including ABS and speed sensors for the front axle in my PSD are about $500 each side. However I heard that was for the bearings with the fine thread studs. The coarse thread studs also come on a cheaper bearing (about $300 cheaper).

Has anyone bought the cheaper bearings and swapped the studs before? What other options are there for cheaper wheel bearings. Truck has 180k and I need bearings here pretty soon

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in stead of changing your studs why not just change lugnuts ? make sure you buy a good brand wheel bearing otherwise you will be changing them alot , go to rock auto.com or autopartstommorrow ,using either one of them you are looking maybe 55o total give or take with shipping autopartstommorrow sell the ford brand real cheap

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Re: Wheel Bearings

Where did you hear that they were $500!?!! I spent about $210 at NAPA for a fine thread bearing assembly last Sunday. Tousley Ford has them for about $265 and $330.

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Good to know...my father said they were $500 and he used to work at a ford dealer so I believed him. Thanks for the info!

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yes the Dealer will cost around 500$. PLEASE BUY GOOD QUALITY BEARINGS, preferably TIMKENs. I found timkens for around 250$ a piece online...

I bought cheap bearings once, within a year i was getting towed home because the bearings inside them grenaded. Worst noise i ever heard. the Tow truck driver was scared to even load my truck onto his Flatbed. Sounded like the tire was just going to fall off.

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Re: Wheel Bearings

Seems kind of odd that bearings could suffer a catastrophic failure like that and give no warning what so ever.

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Its not that uncommon. But rock auto has good prices on timken bearings.

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Maybe I'm OCD, but I felt a faint pulsation when I installed the Precision bearing. 3 months later it was getting worse, sure enough, it was pushing grease out 50% of the backside seal. The second one pulsated directly after install as well.

While the tire/wheel was tight, I found that the stub shaft sticking out was sloppy. An ID check of the OEM unit confirmed this. It's my opinion that this larger ID (we're talking hundred thousandths of an inch here) was the root cause of the pulsation. The NAPA bearing that I bought was closer to the OEM ID and doesn't pulsate. But since I am OCD, I'll be "on the look out" for any abnormality.
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New to the forum, looking through posts to learn about the truck I just bought. What all this business with $ 250 wheel bearings? I haven't serviced this truck yet, I always clean and repack the front wheel bearings on everything I buy soon after I get it. (Learned to do that many moons ago). What makes these so special? I don't ever pay more than $30-45 for both bearings & races and a seal per side. Thanks
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It is $250-$500 because it is a hub assembly. It comes with the studs (fine-$$$, coarse-$), a speed sensor, and an abs sensor. It sucks but mine have lasted me almost 200k miles

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