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Old 05-08-2014, 03:03 PM   #1
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Question Rear Bearings

Hey guys. I have a '01 ZX3. I've had the rear bearings swapped twice now, making this the third time they have gone bad in less than a year. Something is seriously wrong and I don't know what it is.

In the past six months I've replaced the rear Strut/Shock while keeping all of the same bushings and mounting hardware. The bearings being messed up has been happening before the strut replacement. I have a warranty on the bearings/drum for a year but I am getting tired of pulling them off and having to swap them out.

I have not tried replacing the axle nut yet, heard I should try that. The axle itself looks to be in perfect condition, not scratched or marks digging into it.

Another weird thing is that my E-brake doesn't work. You pull on it and it is so tense that you cannot even get it up one click. I looked at the cable connecting to the metal "lever" it is connected to inside the drum and it is rusted solid and might not even disconnect from the lever.

Manager as work said it could be bushings on the shock that is kicking it in a wrong angle putting too much pressure on it or I think it might be the E-Brake cable putting too much tension on the brakes and wearing out the bearing by being in the wrong position.

I've had the car for just under 3 years, replaced the shoes in the drum when I first got it. Shoes appear to be in good condition, same with all the springs in there. Both bearings seem to go bad around the same time. They start making a humming noise and progressively get louder and louder over time. Had one of them actually pop and break a few of the metal cylinders in the bearings(fixed it immediately though). Been happening for roughly a year and just need some help on where to go next.
Thanks guys! Sorry about it being lengthy, figured I'd give as much info as possible.


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Use Timken or, SKF Bearings only. They MUST be torqued to 173 ft/lbs. or they will wear out quickly.

As far as the E brake, you will have to remove the console to make sure that the cable is hooked up there and/or, look at the cable at the drums as well, trace it to make sure that it has not broken.

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There are many cheap brands of bearings and you will have a greater chance of failure dependent on the brand you used. You need to re-build the drums/shoes again and get the e-brake thing sorted out. Yes, especially in your situation, get new retaining nuts.. about 20 bucks each. When you do it, make sure you do it with a torque wench that can do 175 ft lbs.

FYI - I just did similar and used new drums with bearing using (yes a cheap Chinese bearing) Duralast brand ->
http://www.focusfanatics.com/forum/showthread.php?t=412930
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I did rear bearings on a ZX2. I don't know if they are the same.

RUN away from National brand bearings (Korean junk). I put 5 of them on a 1996 Sable before I got Ford bearing hubs and fixed it right. The Nationals wouldn't even make it aroung the block, literally.

I got the SKF bearings for my ZX2 and I think they were made in USA. Some of them are, some are Canadian, and some are Mexican, I think. Be sure to get quality parts.

As others said, definitely get the brake cable worked loose at the lever. PB Blaster is our friend. If you have to get a new lever they are about $55 each from Ford. You will not find them anywhere else.

The brake cable issue could be frozen (rusted) levers not allowing movement, rusted cables, or something right at the handle.


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Moved to "Brakes, Suspension & Chassis".

Torquing them right is imperative as mentioned earlier, new nuts required to HOLD them at the right torque since they can only be re-used a time or two & be sure to hold.

Fixing the brakes while apart would be a good idea.... Rusted solid adjusters won't do the job, need replacement if you can't clean them up & get 'em working again.
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Thank you for all the responses gentlemen. I am planning on doing them this weekend. I will pick up some different bearings and nuts to give that a try. Are the beari ngs easy to pull in and out without a press or would I need to take it somewhere to get them pressed in?
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