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Old 09-17-2013, 01:15 PM   #1
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Small ball bearings fell out of knuckle?

I just recently changed my CV joint drivers side, and as I pulled the hub outta the knuckle, ball bearings slightly smaller than a dime came falling out, and the plastic housing for these bearings was shot to shit. Does anyone know what this bearing is called and where can I get it..I temporarily put them back in with grease to keep them in place...car is fine for now, but I'm worried! Thanks


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Old 09-17-2013, 02:38 PM   #2
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those would be wheel bearings and should definitely be replaced immediately.
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Old 09-17-2013, 11:56 PM   #3
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Thanks for the reply...I do know what wheel bearings are, and they are sealed in a metal housing like any other modern bearing....these are literally ball bearings sitting open so you can touch them and roll your fingers over them but in a plastic (0)(0)(0)(0) housing. Every time I search wheel bearings it shows the modern type we all know so well. There is even a groove cut into the hub so these balls can rotate around the hub.
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Old 09-18-2013, 11:43 AM   #4
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Sounds like the wheel bearing to me, the outter seal may be gone, hence you can see the actual bearings. I suggest either posting pictures here or bring it to a mechanic, but I wouldn't be driving it.
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Old 09-18-2013, 12:01 PM   #5
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That actually sounds possible..especially if the seal was plastic or something cheap that could have disintegrated and fell out while I was driving. Because if it was a bearing like the hub bearing with the steel casing..I would've found that casing still inside the knuckle. Thanks
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There is no groove cut in hub so yours is damaged...........................you're talking wheel bearing there and there better have been a steel casing, none built without it.

Wheel and hub bearing are the same thing.
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Pull the spindle off & press out the old wheel/ hub bearings & press in a new one.
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when you pull the hub flange out, part of the bearing race stays on it which exposes the bearings. I just did one on a Honda last night where someone had cross threaded a lugnut and it snapped off when I tried to remove it. Unfortunately I didn't have enough room to push out the stud so I had to remove the hub. none of the balls fell out and it went back together nice and tight, but I know exactly what you mean.

I do have to ask why the hub was removed to replace the axle?
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