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Old 11-17-2012, 06:09 PM   #7
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And all car owners want to know "how long can I drive it 'till it breaks completely"

Honest answer - "No Idea"

I've had ONE car that "ate" wheel bearings (and I think what were "stretched & poked" wheels & tires for the time had something to do with that).

Got so used to it when the first ones lasted hundreds of miles after getting noisy I wasn't concerned when one got noisy again....

Of COURSE that was the one time the bearing grenaded (close to home at least) and it had to be towed.

I honestly see an example by the roadside every week or two where the wheel "fell off", usually not completely, but enough to come to a screeching halt. More ball joints than wheel bearings from the evidence, but I always wonder why the people kept driving until it gave up completely.

Nothing to gain financially from recommendations here (obviously), just have a personal preference for fixing anything you KNOW is broken when possible. There's ALWAYS plenty that COULD go wrong you can't forsee, but with regular maint. & repair of KNOWN issues you seldom have major problems on the road....

(Some folks have better luck with Murphy's law than others...)

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