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#1 msmithmmx

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:33 PM

I purchased the front wheel bearing OEM for my 98 OBW. It looks packed! should I use the factory greese or is there something better out there?

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#2 Subie Gal

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:40 PM

you still need to repack that bearing

see - http://forums.nasioc...ad.php?t=787070


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Posted 28 March 2008 - 06:59 PM

hi-pressure wheel bearing grease. Fill 'er up!

Some say you don't need to add more - I can't see why it would hurt to have it "packed" (one of those "grease pressure packers" would be a lot CLEANER, though) :grin:

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:22 PM

Don't mistake that "grease" for shipping additive. It looks like grease, but is only to protect the part from rusting. I usually wash the bearings then repack them.


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Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:43 PM

not true. New Subaru bearings come packed with acceptable grease. There's mention of it in an endwrench article somewhere.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 07:47 PM

not true. New Subaru bearings come packed with acceptable grease. There's mention of it in an endwrench article somewhere.


Found that about Rear wheel bearings

http://www.endwrench...3/WhBearRep.pdf

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:50 PM

Neo HP800

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:53 PM

Neo HP800


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#9 msmithmmx

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:55 PM

It does read as.....

"Prepare the new tapered roller
bearing for installation. Do not
remove the bearing stay (plastic
piece inside the bearing) at this
time"

Note: Do not disassemble the
bearing. Do not add any grease
to the bearing.



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Posted 28 March 2008 - 08:56 PM

it's a high temp synthetic grease.

Also the last time I asked a Subaru mechanic he said you don't need to re-pack them but he does anyway.

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Posted 28 March 2008 - 09:01 PM

hehe Neo Synthetics HP800 wheel bearing grease. I like it for brake caliper slider pins. I usually get it here http://www.stockcarp...om/wheelbrg.htm Many like www.bakerprecision.com but those guys never filled my order and did not return my several phone calls or e-mails.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 09:31 AM

Mobil 1 grease works too and is readily available. That Neo stuff looks good, but I suspect that it's not the breakdown but rather contamination or absence of grease that causes bearing failure. In othe words, when worn seals allow contaminants in and grease to leak out, this spells doom for the bearing.

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Posted 29 March 2008 - 11:52 AM

I purchased the front wheel bearing OEM for my 98 OBW. It looks packed! should I use the factory greese or is there something better out there?


Just picked up my rear bearings and seals from the Subaru Dealer yesterday for my 98 OBW.
The service tech came over and pulled the bearings out of the boxes and stated these don't come packed correctly. They repack all wheel bearings, and I should repack them with any QUALITY (he really stressed QUALITY) wheel bearing grease of my choice.

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 08:31 PM

Do I need to clean the grease out that came with the bearing? if so what shoud I use?

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Posted 01 April 2008 - 10:01 PM

I clean mine with brake cleaner (spray can type) then repack with high temp. wheel bearing grease, but blow dry bearing good before repacking.
The first bearing I done I left the grease in it that came with the bearing, lasted about one month. However the hub also had play in it so I dont know how much damage was done from grease and how much was because of the bad hub.




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