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How do you check wheel bearings? - 1999 Dodge Grand Caravan

Posted / edited by AnonymousUser on : 18-06-2018

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I see you have several posts about this problem. You have a front wheel drive car, so your front bearings are called hub bearings and the rear bearings are the same type you would find in a trailer hub.
\015\012For the fronts, the front wheel drive usually you would measure end-play with a feeler gauge or dial indicator gauge. You will need the specs for this measurement. The specs may be available online or purchase a Chilton type repair manual.
\015\012The rear wheel bearings need a visual inspection, usually repacking the bearings with fresh lube. You would clean the old lube and then visually look at the race and the bearing rollers. Lube, then torque to specs.

For either end, roughness when spinning the wheel is a sign of bearing failure. The fronts are more difficult to diagnose with the CV shafts creating resistance. Some Hubs have serviceable bearings and others require replacement of the entire assembly.

If you are unsure about doing this, a brake shop can do this type of work;many of the same parts need to be removed to reach the bearings.
Most cars will go their liftime without a problem from wheel bearings. And they let you know when they go by billowing smoke out of the wheel as you drive, then it is too late, But the fronts are fairly easy, the rears, you cannot check, you have to go by ear, If they are grinding back there, they need attention, rear axle cars only, not front drive, the fronts are on a spindle that is easily accessed, Just rocking the wheel will tell you if it loose, but always listen first for for dry grinding sound, It will eventually get worse. Hope this helps.
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