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#1 Old 08-30-2011, 11:42 AM
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Just wanted to share my experience with my 2007 Santa Fe Limited FWD with 76,000 miles and a recent wheel bearing failure.

The Santa Fe is my wife's daily driver... she began complaining of a noise from the car and that it was acting "funny". I drove it and noticed what I thought was road noise from the tires and thought it was just an alignment issue. So, I scheduled an alignment at the dealer and figured they could diagnose if it was a more serious problem. I should have spend some time troubleshooting and searching forums for the issue. Apparently in the two weeks before the appointment the noise and problem was getting worse, but still driveable. I began worrying about a possible transmission problem. In the end it was the front left wheel bearing. Apparently it was "very bad" according to the service rep. I felt silly for not diagnosing it more thoroughly myself, but thankfully the dealer sorted out the problem and it was covered under the 10/100,000 warranty, since we're the original owners. Now, I'm just wondering the expected life span of the front wheel bearings, noticed a few topics here in the forums on them. Basically curious if the right side will go out soon, or if a 75k failure is a fluke.
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I've seen them go on various makes/models in as little as 36Kmi or they'll last the lifetime of the vehicle. You never know.

Be thankful you've got the 100K warranty. I bought my 2008 used and lost the left rear wheel bearing just beyond 60K to the tune of $452. I've got another going out now @ 69Kmi. Good times!

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QUOTE (PoMansAWD @ Aug 30 2011, 09:55 AM)
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I bought my 2008 used and lost the left rear wheel bearing just beyond 60K to the tune of $452.
I meant to ask you after that incident what the devil was so unusual about this that it ran $452 to replace. I haven't disassembled anything in that area of my '08, and in fact, haven't had to R&R a wheel bearing in ages. What gives with these? Back in 'the day', it was either a slip off or an arbor press out, and install new bearing assembly.

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Bearing life is dependent on overall operating conditions.. impact from pot holes, curbs will slam the bearing, leaving impressions of ball in the races, the things wear a bit more from there, hence the noise.. they can get water intrusion, balls and races rust, oop's.

In reality, the bearings dont have any real lube in them.. just what was used to protect the thing during shipping.. I have go tto point where I will spread the inner races and shove a load of real grease into the balls/races,, then press the works back together.

My daily driver has 347,000, and quiet as can be, all 4 axle bearing is factory as install at time of chassis build... along the line while front axles out, I have shoved grease in the fronts, and took apart the rear and fill them with Mobil-1 synthetic grease.
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FYI... I found the front wheel bearing and hub assembly at Rock Auto for $150.79. Not sure how DIY or not this would be.

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http://rockauto.com/dbphp/x,catalog,118,pa...KEN_513266.html
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I meant to ask you after that incident what the devil was so unusual about this that it ran $452 to replace.

The independent shop around the corner from me charged me $289 for the L/R hub w/ the rest being labor and NYS sales tax. He did mention it was kind of a bear to r/r. Something about the lower control arms being in the way of the bolt heads that hold the hubs on. Things are pretty tight back there. I believe he said he had to lower the rear 'knuckle' for clearance. Don't recall for sure though. Dude's not the cheapest, but very trust-worthy. I gotta believe him.




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The independent shop around the corner from me charged me $289 for the L/R hub ...
Ah, that might explain it. It isn't possible to press out the bearings and replace them?!
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Nope, unfortunately they're sealed, once piece assemblies. There was no ABS stuff built-into it and I'd assume the FWD only models would be cheaper and easier to r/r. The rears on mine being AWD have the splined hole in them for the rear half shafts to contend with.



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don not those go replaced in pairs?
I has a similar experience with a 2005 volvo S40, front left. The dealer replaced both in front axle.

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QUOTE (angelo @ Aug 30 2011, 04:25 PM)
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don not those go replaced in pairs?
I has a similar experience with a 2005 volvo S40, front left. The dealer replaced both in front axle.
Pretty sure mine was front left only, will have to check my receipt. Maybe they're trying to skimp, but I suspect that's just their standard procedure... don't replace anything that isn't actually failed, not a potentially impending failure.
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