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#1 heartless

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:02 PM

my current daily driver - 1990 Legacy LS, AWD - has another wheel bearing going out - i think it is left rear this time (had one rear replaced a few years ago, but think that was the right one). even a slight shift in body weight to the left side is producing a pretty serious grinding sound.

 

the 95 Legacy that will eventually be replacing this one is no where near ready - still have to go get a tranny for it (supposed to happen this coming saturday) and get that installed - go over the motor while it is out for the tranny swap, and do the forester strut swap...all with very limited time for working on it - work during the day, and school 4 nights a week...

 

and to top it all off, hit a darn deer on the way home from class tonight - took out the passenger side mirror, and left a pretty good dent in the front fender.

 

my dilemma - do i spend the money to get a new wheel bearing installed, knowing that this car is not going to be around a whole lot longer...

 

or, spend the money on the other car, getting the tranny installed (and get the separator plate resealed while they are separated), then deal with the rest myself...

 

or - do I get a used hub and hope for the best?

 

on the last option - what years would be compatible?


Edited by heartless, 25 September 2013 - 10:05 PM.


#2 Fairtax4me

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 10:08 PM

Those wheel bearings go for forever making noise. I'd ride it out and concentrate on getting the 95 up and running. No point spending a bunch of money ona ncar you're going to get rid of soon. (Plus the 95 may need wheel bearings too)

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Posted 25 September 2013 - 11:58 PM

If it's just noise - drive it. Check it periodically for a bunch of play, but so long as it's tight, I wouldn't be worried.

 

A used hub is fine if you have access to a cheap one. But unless you have a bunch of driving to do on the car, I wouldn't worry about grinding that bearing around a while longer.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 05:41 AM

i may need to be driving this car all winter with the scehdules as they are - and I know they do tend to go a long time - the one I did finally get replaced I drove on for more than a year with it making mild noise - but this one seems to have gone a lot faster - it was pretty quite still last week, now this week it is quite noisy...will have to get it jacked up & check for play.

 

there are a bunch of used hubs listed on car-parts.com in my area for around $40-50 - but the year ranges are all over the place - that is why I asked about compatibility

punched in 1990 and I am getting results for 2000, 1998, 2002, etc - are these really all compatible?



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 07:47 PM

jacked the car up when I got home from work today...definitely the left rear wheel bearing - there is a little wobble - not good.



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Posted 26 September 2013 - 08:22 PM

You can use a knuckle from 90-99 legacy, 93-07 Impreza (as long as it's not 06/07 wrx with the 2 piston rear brakes or sti), 98-08 Forester. All these have the same basic knuckles, with variations of abs sensor type and disc or drum brakes.

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Posted 26 September 2013 - 11:58 PM

Yeah Play in the wheel bearings on these cars means they are SHOT. Sucks to have to change it, but if you need the car...

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Posted 27 September 2013 - 06:35 AM

yeah, it does suck, but there you have it...the 95 is no where near ready & time is very precious right now. Pretty much a done deal on getting this one fixed. the same shop that did the wheel bearing last time is going to do it again - they can get it in on Monday. in the mean time, it sits until I can get it over to the shop, probably Sunday. Seriously considering trailering it over there...

 

As it turns out, it is the same bearing I had done in July 2010 - only a couple of months out of the 3 yr warranty on the bearing - about par for the course in my world... :banghead:






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