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PostSubject: 96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing   96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing EmptySat Sep 18, 2021 10:07 pm

I've replaced many noisy front wheel bearings over the years. This one has me stumped! 09.18.2021

In the past 6 months, I've replaced it 3 x.
Once replaced bearing is quieter at first then it grows louder.

I believe I diagnosed the correct wheel. Front Right Passenger.

When I turn to the left the noise gets louder. Car leans to the right side...
When I turn to the right, the noise can barely be heard. Car leans to the left.

I torqued the drive shaft nut to 106 ft-lbs.

Am I missing something or are all these new bearings junk. One was a NAPA FAG...

Any ideas?

Thank you for the help!
Joe
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PostSubject: Re: 96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing   96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing EmptySun Sep 19, 2021 1:06 am



It's not you, the supply chain is collapsing all the way around.
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96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing Empty
PostSubject: Re: 96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing   96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing EmptySun Sep 19, 2021 8:01 am

Not everything out of China is junk, but some of it is for sure.  I recently had a Timken bearing that was defective right out of the box.  The sensor lit my ABS/Traction lights on a new bearing.  Problem is, I bought it 3 years ago as a pair, but only used one.  So I was SOL.  I went to the Rockauto site and bought the cheapest one they had, A Powerstop brand.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/moreinfo.php?pk=8745904&cc=1022038&pt=1636&jsn=437&_nck=ZExt1ysfqhqWnq%2BEvUNdS3Txyey60IDtnjPWF5UU9J0BWQv7pvqZbkEUk86%2BAYIhFUNxSQbBt9GzBQzGFaIpw5YKYgyye84qmqwKYmnlZKaI4RF3qrUwDcekfkKwkkya69EhHWh2zEIX8Y8PWWDNeEtw4aABM5QOdpjDuuK6oK861LRrbIy1TbsawnAcR8YqDwK9N12wCwoadAwiGDXaUMf2JuTIFQM86Icd9Yp07nTPPVDx8epndtkbpp%2BVi3DsrPGJu1KKOo9x2bhswXvuNn2LSIexHIE08GcVa601uUznOfz0HnFLUrDR0UUAVtXqCUlwmgiuw6lRDHCwOgybDxi2aCAYN9b7

Coincidentally, one of their most popular parts as evidenced by the heart symbol.

https://www.rockauto.com/en/catalog/buick,1996,riviera,3.8l+v6+supercharged,1022038,brake+&+wheel+hub,wheel+bearing+&+hub,1636

It looked as good or better than the Timken at a third of the price.  I put it on a few months ago.  Still silent.  I bet they are all made in the same Chinese factory.

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96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing Empty
PostSubject: Re: 96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing   96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing EmptySun Sep 19, 2021 1:32 pm

Two things:

Depending on your mileage it might be the axle.

You might want to get a junkyard bearing or two whole you troubleshoot.  People don't junk their cars over wheel bearings.

You might want to get a spring balance (see the LINK)  - I'm not sure what the spec is but it's findable, and the
catch is that since the bearings are pre-loaded, once you know the spec it's easy to check an installed bearing this way. I think Timken's on-line training has a usable spec for hub assembly preload. I don't remember if the spec is in the service manual. Some dealer techs might be able to just tell you. Point is -- you think you have a bearing issue since you're getting noise, okay then check the bearing with the spring balance.  If it's in specs, then you're looking at an axle R&R. Because if it's the axle and you are swapping bearings due only to the noises, then you will **never** finish (until you dump the car because it has chronic bearing arthritis or whatever you want to call it).
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PostSubject: Re: 96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing   96 Riv Noisy Front Passenger wheel bearing EmptySun Sep 19, 2021 5:50 pm

Thank you Gents!

I'll reply when I get to the bottom of this.

Nice drag car!

Joe
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