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mslo2112
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Dec 12, 2014, 9:20 PM

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I have a 1994 ford Taurus and the left wheel bearing has gone bad . This is the second time in a year I am going thru this problem both to the same driver side front Have squeaking and grinding metal sounds coming from right front wheel and visibly see the wheel rocking all over while driving. The last time I had a junk yard replacement spindle knuckle done due to total destruction of the bearing and race which ground into the knuckle assembly. The main question is since I have the type of bearing that has to be pressed in as compared to later models being bolted in, is it possible to change the steering knuckle to the type that has bolt in bearings and have it be an acceptable fit . Is that possible to do ?


Tom Greenleaf
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Dec 13, 2014, 12:30 AM

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I doubt you can alter original design and too bad it didn't last from last fix.


Sport - if you didn't notice such a wild problem and kept driving this car till it wiped out the spindle that's your fault even if replacement bearing was of lousy quality by the time these style (sealed) bearings can wobble or rock around as you said it was bad long before that and would have been more routine.


It 's very unusual to me to not have some clear warning on these and other parts. If this car was under water even a short time over the bearings that will kill good ones noticed usually within a few months. They can't take being dunked in water. A second is part problem, installation problem or same abuse/conditions again IMO,


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Dec 13, 2014, 8:06 AM

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No, there is no bolt in replacement. You get a knuckle with bearing from the salvage yard and you are surprised the bearing has failed? Who knows how many miles was on that bearing to begin with. What you could do is remove the knuckle and have a reputable repair shop press another in for you. I suggest going with Timken, Moog, or National for the bearing. Also make sure that the CV axle nut is torqued to manufacture's specification when you reinstall everything.

What I can't believe is that someone would drive their vehicle to the point the bearing destroys the steering knuckle bearing bore. You have had to heard something going on before it got that far. You should have your steering and suspension checked out to be sure nothing else is getting ready to fall or come apart.





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Dec 13, 2014, 9:10 AM

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I thought I saw him driving down the road





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Dec 13, 2014, 9:36 AM

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Naw, that is SEBS (Supplemental Emergency Braking System). Explosive lug studs detonate and allow the wheel to come off, so the rotor assembly has direct contact with the pavement. This in theory helps slow the vehicle down quicker. Kind of like throwing an anchor out.





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Dec 13, 2014, 9:39 AM

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WOW, I need to get some training on that system. I knew my teacher was wrong when he said i needed all 4 wheels.



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Dec 13, 2014, 9:49 AM

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SEBS came out in 2004. It originally was integrated with the driver's seat module. The driver's seat module would detect SEBS activation through the CAN bus from the SEBS module. Depending on how many Gs was detected from the gyro sensor located under the center console, the driver's seat module would detonate the explosive bolts that hold the driver's seat to floor of the passenger's compartment. I think there was some sort of safety recall back in 2008 though.





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Dec 13, 2014, 9:58 AM

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Oh yeah, I think they sell that kit as a package with the nitrous kit. You can use one propellant bottle for both.



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mslo2112
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Dec 13, 2014, 9:57 PM

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Im not shocked that a junk yard part didn't last but to recap the situation, the car was driving fine then out of nowhere it just started grinding and chewing up the bearing. I listen to my cars sounds and heard no squeaking or any unusual noises prior . Don't abuse the car at all, however I do a bit of highway driving not exceeding 100 miles going and coming total about two or three times a month . on one of those return trips as I neared home the grinding began and just parked it. Never was the bearing under water by my doing . Im going to tear it down and see just what the damage is and go from there. I just wondered if the situation of upgrading the knuckle was an option to consider


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Dec 13, 2014, 10:57 PM

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Changing it to another type isn't going to work. Installing a bearing (a good name brand) properly should be the end of it. If it got all messed up taking it out or putting new one in not sure what to say?


I don't think if caught on time it should mess up the spindle and probably too hard to find brand new so used probably is the only real option and used is used so you really don't know what may have happened to the other vehicle it came from. Have to trust the salvage places AND the shop to check out a used part and something failed.


It's not common to me for this type thing to be a total surprise but rather some serious warning time that something is wrong. Somehow it must have shattered? I can't explain why it didn't do it right away if flawed?


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