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    Wheel bearing replacement? Leicestershire

    Hi
    I have been experiencing shuddering from the front wheels under breaking, and if feels like warped discs. However, front discs and pads were replaced last November (pagid parts)
    Reading threads over the weekend i note that wheel bearings could be the problem.
    Coincidentally there is a now a droning sound at around 40 mph+ which would seem to be from the bearings.

    Can anyone recommend a garage in Leicestershire that has the necessary tools and skills. I understand a specialist tool is required.

    Thanks
    Steve M

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    Can't help you with a garage recommendation, but check your lower wishbone bushes too as that's been a cause for wheel shuddering under braking for me previously.
    Last edited by Dal; 17-07-2017 at 11:08 AM.

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    Will do.
    Thanks

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    suggest doing a slight slalom when it is safe to do so and lissen if the droning noise reduces when going either left or right - if it does then it does sound like a wheel bearing, if the noise is constant then less likely to be the wheel bearing
    Paul (Depronman)
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    Please get it checked ASAP, the front wheel bearings, if not fitted correctly can edge themselves out of position, especially if fitted by someone that does not have the correct tool for that specific job.

    The juddering when braking is more likely to be the discs warped again (it does happen, especially if the wheel bearings are badly worn)

    The droning noise at 40 is not the normal wheel bearing noise unless they are severely worn, so please do take care and get the front bearings checked straight away.

    Also get the rears checked at the same time (it is an easy check) I had the front wheel bearings replaced on an A2 and the noise was coming from the rear wheel bearing (it just sounded like it was the front one to me)

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    Thanks
    Getting it booked in today.
    Steve M

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    Quote Originally Posted by steve@cromford View Post
    Thanks
    Getting it booked in today.
    Steve M
    Hi Steve,

    Make sure you book it in with someone who has the tool. All garages will say they can do the job because they honestly believe they can. But unless they have the special tool, they can't do it properly.
    Ask to see the tool. If they show you a bench press or a big hammer, walk away.

    I'm writing this on my phone, but will upload a photo of the tool later today once I'm sat at a proper computer.

    Cheers,

    Tom
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    Interested to see this tool....

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    Me too.
    Heard so much about it.

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    I know I once posted a fair bit of information about the wheel bearing tool and how it works and have had a good search for it. It's just occurred to me that it was all posted in one of Steve Birchall's car adverts (the car needed a replacement front bearing, hence the topic was raised). I believe that 'For Sale' threads are either removed after a while or expire after a set amount of time or something, as I can't find it anywhere.

    I did, however, find this short explanation in another thread...

    Quote Originally Posted by timmus View Post
    Have you paid the garage to fit the new bearing and are they using the proper tool rather than just pushing it into the knuckle using a press? If they've providing a paid-for service and have broken your new bearing, they really ought to be buying a replacement.

    Due to the A2's wheel hub and bearing being integrated, the face of the hub (with the 5 tapped wheel bolt holes) is obviously part of the inner race of the bearing (it's the bit that spins!). The whole assembly ought to be inserted into the knuckle by exerting force on the outer race of the bearing, but the outer race is inaccessible to a simple press. The dedicated tool is able to brace the back of the knuckle and wrap around the outer race such that force is only applied where it ought to be. This ensures that the bearing is pushed all the way home and that the retaining ring does its job properly. If the retaining ring fails to engage, the bearing can start to walk back out of the knuckle, which could eventually have very serious consequences, not least ABS errors and warped brake discs. I certainly wouldn't be using the old retaining ring, no matter its condition.

    Cheers,

    Tom
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    Last edited by timmus; 18-07-2017 at 10:15 AM.
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