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Old 01-03-2011, 12:35 PM   #1
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Unhappy Rear wheel bearing issues, how did you fix it? Please help, I am going insane!

Hello everyone, I am new to this site but I do need some advice or rather info. my focus has almost 200,000 miles on it. the rear wheel bearings keep going out and I swear it is like every 6 months. what is the deal with that? I just replaced the struts and shocks, cv boots, tie rod ends, got new front tires because the back had worn out due to a bad balanceing job(the weights had came off). Also, anyone have issues with the brakes? I have to change the pads again and put my other set of rotors on the front again. I need advice, I don't want to get rid of my focus but we are starting to have too many issues. the window on teh driver side is also broke. I have manual windows and it is a pulley system and some plasitc piece broke so my hubby just wedged a piece of wood to hold up the window until we can get the door fixed. he is wondering if we should just go to the junk yard and find a focus door and put that on it?


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How are you torquing down the rear bearing? Get a torquewrench if you don't already have one. You only need a window regulator for a focus for the front door, no need for a complete door.

For the brakes, are your calipers seized? Check the temperature of your disks/drums after regular driving. Both disks/drums should be around the same temperature...just don't burn yourself.
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:04 PM   #3
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thanks for replying....I am pretty sure my dad has to use a press to get them in, but I will have to check to make sure that is what he does. my dad does all the work, I just keep track of all the parts we have fixed.
so that plastic piece which holds the window in place is a regulator? my hubby says the other plastic piece looks like it is ready to bust.
I am sure this is a stupid question, but how would I know if my calipers seized? and how would I check the temp of my disks/drums?
my dad has been working on cars since a teenager and he is great at what he does but sometimes I think he just replaces things without finding out why it is wearing out. :(
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Old 01-03-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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you are probably over torquing somthing, always use torque specs!!!
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Old 01-03-2011, 04:34 PM   #5
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Posted via FF MobileThere`s a proper way to press in the new bearings, and a way that will work but MAY damage them. And as mentioned, proper torque on the nut is certainly required - and it`s a fairly high value. Most home mechanics don`t have a torque wrench that goes to a high enough # to set that right.... Some members have rented one or borrowed one for the job since it`s a seldom used tool.... To press in bearings right you need a "drift" that fits the outer shell, even an old bearing will work with the right plate to press on it!
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Yes, pressing through the bearing rollers to set the outer race in place always shortens their life. So does not cleaning the housing well so a piece of debris is trapped underneath, cocking the race, or driving it in with a drift and hammer ...
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:23 PM   #7
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It sounds like you have more than one problem.

We're not horribly great at multi-tasking, so you might want to break that up, and then put those questions in the correct forum. Technical chat is the best place for repair questions.

First off, I'm quite sure there are replacement parts to repair the window regulator, but you can purchase a new regulator or get one from a junkyard. Yes, at first it might seem like the door was built around the window regulator, but it wasn't. You have to use more than half your brain to remove/ replace parts in doors. You won't have a lot of room, but you will have just enough room to do what needs to be done.

As far as your problem with the rear bearing is going- have you looked into what a rear hub might cost you? Those simply bolt in, and that's the way we recommend people changing their rear shoes- remove the entire hub and drum. It's much simpler, and you don't have to torque anything to 194 ft-lbs which requires more than one midget standing on the pipe. Just be thankful it's not an old VW drum- those are more like 250 ft-lbs.

Since you've replaced the bearings more than once on the same side- I'd just get a hub in case someone has already damaged the spindle.

As far as tire balancing goes- I always opt (even when I'm on fixed income) for lifetime balancing and rotation. Yeah, I do a lot of work on my own car, but I don't have a wheel balancer, and rotation is just part of it. Most tire shops will offer this. Lifetime alignment is a good idea as well if you plan on keeping the car. You should always get an alignment whenever you do anything to the suspension- including new struts/shocks.
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Old 01-03-2011, 05:32 PM   #8
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Motorcraft hub from RockAuto is $98 + shipping, and - 5%FF discount. How much did your mechanic charge? BTW, you will have to remove the drum from the old hub to do this. Hubs aren't cheap, but sometimes it might be cheaper than paying someone else to do the bearings for you.
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It sounds like you have more than one problem.

We're not horribly great at multi-tasking, so you might want to break that up, and then put those questions in the correct forum. Technical chat is the best place for repair questions.

First off, I'm quite sure there are replacement parts to repair the window regulator, but you can purchase a new regulator or get one from a junkyard. Yes, at first it might seem like the door was built around the window regulator, but it wasn't. You have to use more than half your brain to remove/ replace parts in doors. You won't have a lot of room, but you will have just enough room to do what needs to be done.

As far as your problem with the rear bearing is going- have you looked into what a rear hub might cost you? Those simply bolt in, and that's the way we recommend people changing their rear shoes- remove the entire hub and drum. It's much simpler, and you don't have to torque anything to 194 ft-lbs which requires more than one midget standing on the pipe. Just be thankful it's not an old VW drum- those are more like 250 ft-lbs.

Since you've replaced the bearings more than once on the same side- I'd just get a hub in case someone has already damaged the spindle.

As far as tire balancing goes- I always opt (even when I'm on fixed income) for lifetime balancing and rotation. Yeah, I do a lot of work on my own car, but I don't have a wheel balancer, and rotation is just part of it. Most tire shops will offer this. Lifetime alignment is a good idea as well if you plan on keeping the car. You should always get an alignment whenever you do anything to the suspension- including new struts/shocks.
Thank you so much for your input, my only thing is my dad is my mechanic, we can't afford to pay someone to do work on my car. the one time I did, it was 800 to replace a sensor, clean up the wire harness and put in new shocks, which by the way went bad in like a month and a half. my dad has always been the one to work on my car the only issue is he never wants to fix things unless they are broken. I am all about preventative maintance. I have this horrible feeling my dad is the reason why my bearings are giving me issues. dont' get me wrong, I love my dad, but he likes to bypass things to get things done. I know he doesn't torque them, I asked him today, he is still using the same nut or whatever. he doesn't have a press either to put them in, he said he found a way to put them in. I am just going to buy a new hub for my rear driver side. and have him put it in correctly and if he can't do it than I will have someone else do it. I am going to look at buying a regulator for my door. if my hubby had the time to work on my car he would but he is our sold income so he works as much as he can to keep us afloat. thank you again. I wish I would have paid better attention when I took auto shop in college lol.
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used to replace wheel bearings in my 2000 zts alot too until i had a 4 wheel alignment done about 1 1/2 years ago...sometimes using a professional shop is the way to go
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