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richkopena 03-19-2013 04:41 PM

Recommended rear drum w/bearing?
I will be doing rear brakes on my daughters 2007 SES and am planning to replace the drums (w/bearings) as a preventative measure. My problem is deciding which ones to buy. There are numerous places to buy many different parts , but they do not give any info on the bearings. Sometimes it is difficult to even determine if they come with or w/o the bearing.

I have searched and found numerous instances of bad experiences wih replacement bearings, but I can't seem to find a solid recommendation on who has good bearings.

Do the Motorcraft OEM drums come with bearings? O'Reilly's shows them but with no bearing info and no price.

Can anyone steer me toward a place with known quality bearings in their replacement drums?


MEJY1988 03-19-2013 07:19 PM

Have you looked at Rock Auto? I believe you can order them with or without the bearing. I have ordered a couple of things from them and have been real happy with them. Price, quality, and delivery time.

sleepyboy 03-19-2013 08:17 PM

Yes check out Rockauto they have a great selection of different brands that come w/ and w/o the bearings. I highly recommend you get one with the bearing as it is much less hassle to deal with. I'd stay away from the Autozone drums as I have had the rear bearings go out on them. I can't say anything about the other ones. Some people highly recommend the Napa brand ones but I have no experience with those. I don't think Wagner makes drums but if they do I would recommend that brand as well. I out some house brand rotors on our Oddy and they warped within a week. Took those back and got the Wagner's and they lasted 3 yrs and stop great. I just warrantied those out for a fresh set pads as well all for free with the lifetime warranty and bought a fresh set of rear rotors off of Rockauto. I got two rotors for the price of one from the the local auto parts store. But always cross shop for parts for the best price.

sleepyboy 03-19-2013 08:18 PM

I also moved your thread to the Brake and Suspension area so more people can give you advice about your brake question.

RallieConGoggle 03-20-2013 08:08 AM


If they're not making noise yet, I wouldn't bother replacing them as a preventative measure. Unless you go with an SKF bearing, which I think is only available separately at NAPA (you'd have to press it in yourself), you're probably going to downgrade.

I would, however, replace the spindle nut. They're like $8 each from the Ford dealer. Those nuts are laminated with no cotter pin and they are only rated for 4 removals. Odds are if you've taken it in a few times, someone removed them to inspect your brakes and didn't tell you. If these back out, your bearings will fail pretty quickly.

freemind 03-25-2013 03:25 PM

I am having good luck with the loaded drums from NAPA

sleepyboy 03-25-2013 07:09 PM

I've heard good things with NAPA parts, we've all heard bad things and some experienced as well about Autozone parts too lol

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