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Old 04-20-2014, 01:46 AM   #1
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Semi-sure my passenger carrier bearing is on its way out...

Hey guys

New project with my car. Rattles and creaks and squeaks are the MOST annoying car problems to me. I've been trying to pin down this bearing-grinding sound coming the front right.

Its hardly audible, but its definitely there. Increases with engine speed, independent of RPM's, doesn't change when turning left or right.

First question - is there a way to diagnose it as the carrier bearing before I go and yank it all apart to replace it? Can I just slather some grease all over it to see if it makes a difference or will that hurt anything

Second question - do they sell these bearings separately from the axle? If so, where. I cannot find one.

Third - How hard is it to just replace the whole half axle? I see a few options on Rockauto, but no mention of the carrier bearing being included. Are they usually included?

Thanks for any help you can send my way.
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Old 04-20-2014, 01:51 AM   #2
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The bearing is part of the axle, they used to sell it separate but I'm not sure if you can get it anymore. Jack the car up and get under it and grab the passenger side axle and give it a tug back and forth. If there is any play it's bad. Also turn the axle by hand and use your hand to feel if it turns freely or does it have grittiness to it. If it's not smooth that will let you know as well. When I finally replaced my axle I couldn't believe how loud that bearing actually was since it slowly gets louder and louder.
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Old 04-20-2014, 02:04 AM   #3
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So if there's any play in the axle at all, its toast? I thought there was supposed to be a small amount? Will check it out tomorrow. Thanks. Ill be one step closer to this car sounding like creamy smooth highway butter :)
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There shouldn't be any play by the carrier bearing. Grab it like your grabbing onto a handle and push and pull it like your opening a door. It should feel solid.
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the bearing is simply just pressed on the axle shaft.
I had a replacement axle where the bearing wasn't tight, so the axle would walk out of the differential. I ended up just puting some hoseclamps on it to keep the bearing from moving. been good ever since.
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and for the $65 it costs for a reman shaft, just replace it if you think it's bad. You're out basically nothing.
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Alright I'm looking at APWI Part # FD8072 on Rockauto.com

http://www.rockauto.com/catalog/more...250&cc=1385524

$42.79 for the whole shabang, I'm hoping? My guess is that shiny metal area on it is the bearing in question that comes with it?
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That be the bearing.

Really no reason to buy online IMO. Local parts store will be virtually the same for price all said and done.
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