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Old 10-22-2009, 09:02 PM
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Wheel Bearings...Common Failure?

I'm just curious if others have experienced, or heard of, a lot of wheel bearing failures in our trucks. Mine is a 2007 SCREW Lariat 4x4 with 29,000 miles, and I had to have the right front wheel bearings/hub/actuator replaced yesterday. (Warranty...not out of my pocket).

I asked the dealer if it's OK to replace one, but not the other, and his response was that Ford will only pay for the failed one.

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I wouldn't say common but not totally unheard of.
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Old 10-23-2009, 10:54 AM
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I have seen one bearing go out on a 07 2wd with 50K+. I have over 110K on my 04 with orginal rotors/bearings on my 2wd. other than that 07 I have not heard or seen anyothers.
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Several on this site have had to replace a bearing on their 4x2. That means, until recently, that they had to replace the rotor as well. I had one go bad at 41,000 miles, so I replaced both front rotors, with the built in bearings.
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I wouldn't say common but not totally unheard of.
I'd never replaced a wheel bearing on any vehicle I've ever owned - until my 2005. I'd never even heard of replacing one. I even saw one go on the TV show "Ice Road Truckers" - on an F-150. So, although it didn't used to be common, I think it's happening more than any of us would like on the current generation truck. I think somebody saved some money on a new supplier here.
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Damn, I must be getting old, I remember packing and /or replacing bearings every 2 years.
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Replaced mine at 38,000 miles. Pissed off I was.
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Damn, I must be getting old, I remember packing and /or replacing bearings every 2 years.
You can not pack the ones in the 4x2, they are pressed into the rotor.
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I'd never replaced a wheel bearing on any vehicle I've ever owned - until my 2005. I'd never even heard of replacing one. I even saw one go on the TV show "Ice Road Truckers" - on an F-150. So, although it didn't used to be common, I think it's happening more than any of us would like on the current generation truck. I think somebody saved some money on a new supplier here.
It's the type of bearing they went to. They used to be a tapered bearing, I believe now they're a ball bearing. Not good for side load, especially on the steering wheels of a truck that approaches 3 tons without a load. Maybe not as big a Joner as the spark plugs, but not too far behind.
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It's the type of bearing they went to. They used to be a tapered bearing, I believe now they're a ball bearing. Not good for side load, especially on the steering wheels of a truck that approaches 3 tons without a load. Maybe not as big a Joner as the spark plugs, but not too far behind.
you got it. the new style is ball bearing and to make up for side load they run 3 of them in each hub. (At least my ranger was 3. havent looked at the f150s hub yet) on 4wd's. 2wd is only one unfortunately
Alot of the failers if seen on here are people out of alignment either from a level lift or just to many potholes. And running larger tires than stock. taller the tire the more force is applied to the bearing/hub/rotor during cornering
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Thanks for all the replies, guys....great information (as per usual here in this fantastic forum!).

Just FYI, mine is a stock 4x4 2007 Lariat supercrew...standard wheels/tires...nothing added to it. I guess the wheel bearing failure was more of an exception than a common failure, which is encouraging to know.

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