Doing This Will Make Your Wheel Bearings Last Forever
Doing This Will Make Your Wheel Bearings Last Forever

rev up your engines, today I’m gonna show
you how to make your wheel bearings last twice as long, now in the olden days and
I was a young mechanic, wheel bearings were part of maintenance, you would take
the cover off, you would take the wheel bearings out, you would regrease them with
wheel bearing grease, then put them all back together again, now I was going to
show you some wheel bearing grease that we used to use, but it’s been so long
since I had to do one, I couldn’t find any in my garage, I know there’s some
back there somewhere, but it’s so old and dried out it’s probably not even good
anymore, and if somebody brought me a really old car, I’d have to go buy a new can of
the stuff, because modern-day wheel bearings most of them are like this hub
assembly, the wheel bearing is built inside, you can’t take it apart, you have
to replace the whole unit, and it’s sealed unit with seals on both sides to
keep dirt out, now in the old days when we had to repack them if you were bad
and you didn’t and they wore out, you could get a set of front wheel bearings
for like twelve dollars they didn’t cost much, well with these
modern systems, something like the front bearings on this Celica which isn’t that
modern it’s 94, there pressed on you can’t lubricate them, but you need a
machine press to take it apart and put it back together again it’s a real
expensive job, the newer ones they’re a whole assembly and some of these
assemblies not only do they cost a small fortune, but on kind of oddball cars like
European ones, just replacing them can cost thousands of dollars, so of course
you want to make it last as long as they possibly can, and here’s tips on how to
do that, now since they’re all sealed units there’s no greasing for you to do,
but seals what I do, they break down over time, my advice is you want to stay away
from both deep water and especially from saltwater in the ocean, driving on the
beach by the ocean may seem cool, but you get that sea mist water and it gets
inside there, it’ll start eating up your bearings, and the next one as nutty as it
sounds is, take care your tires, if you have the wrong air pressure, don’t have
enough air, they ride more squashed that strains the bearings more, the
more you strain the bearings, the faster they’re gonna wear out, even worn out
struts or shocks, making it bounce a lot more, there will be more damage done from
the friction and bumping, and it can wear them out faster, and of course be careful
where you’re driving, say you hit curbs maybe your wife hits curbs all the time, that
little bump might not seem like much but if it knocks the alignment off or
slightly bend something, then it’s not on the wheel bearings sitting right it’s
got more pressure on one side or the other, and over time it’ll wear out, over
the years I seen this literally hundreds of times,
a customer will come in, I can hear the wheel bearing roaring away, I’ll say well your
wheel bearing is bad just on the one side I’ll say, now has this car ever been
wrecked, and they’ll say yeah last year it got wrecked on that side, the car got
wrecked on that side obviously a little bit damage was done to the suspension, it
can take thousands and thousands of thousands of miles to wear out these
wheel bearings, because their steel ball bearings and some of the older ones
were roller bearings, but if they’re off a little bit you think how many millions
of times that thing is spinning while you’re driving down the road, eventually
that little bit off is gonna wear the metal and then the wheel bearings will
start making noises, so you if you see any of those
big potholes coming up, hey slow down or try to go around them or over them if
your cars wider than the pothole, because every time you hit those potholes that’s
damaging the suspension, and the wheel bearings can wear out, and conversely
even if you haven’t hit anything, if you’re going down the highway and your car
is starting to get the shakes and your
alignment is off, something’s going on with anything in suspension, you want to
get that fixed cuz over time all that shaking is eventually gonna make the
wheel bearings wear out faster, now if your wheel bearings do wear out, here is
a tip if you want the new ones to last as long as possible, get OEM wheel
bearings, do not buy the cheapest ones you can find that are made in China, over
the years I even tried a long time ago with my
customers cars to save money that way and always bit me in the rear end, and I
see more guys they’ll buy the cheap Chinese wheel bearings and then a year
year and a half later, guess what they start roaring again and they’re worn out,
and since a lot of modern cars now have ABS sensors built into the hub assembly
with the wheel bearing inside, I’ve seen guys buy the Chinese once and they either
don’t have the right sensor or they don’t have any sensor at all, and as soon
as they bolt it up and start driving along, their abs light starts flashing at
them, and that’s because that cheap wheel bearing isn’t made right to fit the
computer software of your car and it doesn’t read the speed right, so the
computer thinks there’s something wrong with the ABS system and it turns the
light on, if you’re going through all the trouble taking all the suspension apart
to get that hub off, use a quality OEM wheel bearing assembly, don’t go cheap on
that, now realize most manufacturers don’t even make their own wheel bearings,
they buy them from all their companies like to Europeans often use these F a g
wheel bearings, wheel bearings are kind of interesting because wheel bearings
are universal size, there’s not English there’s not metric, so I’ve had in the
past where somebody brought me an expensive BMW that when a wheel bearing
went out on it, I actually bought a Ford oem wheel bearing because it was the same
exact size, it costs a tons less than what they want at the BMW dealer of
course, and it worked perfectly fine but that was in the older days when we would
take them apart and put new ones in today they’re all hub assemblies and the
Ford hub assembly isn’t gonna fit on a BMW assembly even if the wheel bearings
inside are the same size, the hub will be different, now another tip to make your
wheel bearings last a long time is, if you are changing them, when you finally
put that nut back on that holds a drive shaft to it, make sure you use a torque
wrench, because when you’re tightening this nut when you’re putting it in, you
have to have the perfect amount of torque so the wheel bearing isn’t either
too loose or too tight I see more guys put on wheel bearings,
and then a few months later the new ones start making noise because they’re
wearing out, because they didn’t torque it right, torque wrenches are easy to use, in
this case the numbers are here and you just turn the handle until you’re at the
right reading 50 foot-pounds, you go to 50 foot-pounds and stop,
they have the little part here that when it does get to the right torque, it makes
a loud click, then you know it’s at the right setting of foot pounds, so it’s
torqued down just right, and there’s a zillion sources of information for the
right torque for the right parts, you can use alldata .com you can get a book, you
can go lots of ways, but you want to make sure it’s right because, if it’s torqued too
tight it’ll overstress the bearing, the bearings squeezed in and guess what, it’s
gonna wear out faster, and conversely if it’s too loose, that’s actually even
worse, because it’s too loose then the stupid thing is bouncing all over the
place, and it’s gonna wear out even faster when it’s loose, cuz there’s a lot
more friction, anything that’s bouncing around and moving it’s going to create
heat and friction and that’ll where the bearings out faster, plus it’ll make an
awful lot of noise and drive you crazy now I’ll tell you one thing not to do if
you want them to last longer, I’ve seen guys where they can hear noise in the
wheel bearings, and even though they’re sealed, they’ll get a little hypodermic
syringe and hook it up to a grease gun and they’ll pump grease back in, well
that’s not really a good thing to do and that’s for two reasons, first if the
seals gone dirt got in there, the dirt is still gonna stay in there and it’s gonna
still be friction, it’s still gonna wear the bearings out, and if they’re making
noises they’re worn already anyway and two, wheel bearing grease is a very
specialized grease, each manufacturer often uses a different type of grease
than the other manufacturers, and even the same manufacturer over years changes
the type of grease they put in a wheel bearing, and if you mix two different
kinds of wheel bearing grease, I’ve seen that wear them out even faster, because
they’re not compatible, you got to have the correct grease and only that type
inside a clean environment, so don’t try to just pump some in after the grease
seal, not a smart idea, because on the modern cars, when they’re worn out if
you’re getting a hub assembly that has new seals, all the parts are new they’re
pre-greased, the grease is all inside and done correctly, and all you gotta do is
bolt the old one off and bolt the new one on
and do it with the right torque settings, so now you know all about wheel bearing
hey your entire car is spinning around on these things one on each wheel and
even though they have no actual maintenance in modern cars, now you know
how to make them last as long as possible, and since this is mechanic
Monday I’m give it away a nice torque wrench, to have a chance to win this
torque wrench so your wheel bearings will be tightened up correctly, just
place a clean non-offensive comment on youtube comments below, and a winner will
be chosen randomly by computer to get a nice torque wrench
so they put things together the right way, so if you never want to miss another
one of my new car repair videos, remember to ring that Bell!

100 thoughts on “Doing This Will Make Your Wheel Bearings Last Forever”

  1. CarShed68 says:

    Nice torque wrench

  2. Kelly Bergin says:

    Torque wrench

  3. googoo gjoob says:

    hey, there was no static in the intro this time!

  4. OneCalmGardener says:

    Hi Scotty, I'd like the torque wrench please! 🙂

  5. James Grate says:

    This is how I can tell your a damn good mechanic, your garage is disorganized and we see a lot of engine parts and boxes in the background! I truly Value your knowledge and opinions, keep up the good work Scotty!!!!!

  6. Ready One says:

    Hey Scotty, I am my 3 sons value your experience. We repeat everything we hear from you, and its a good thing😉

  7. George Flensburg says:

    Hello from Alaska

  8. Fernando Soares says:

    Master mechanic Scotty, I have learned a lot with your tips and teachings on cars that I could be a almost a mechanic myself but it’s a pity I don’t have a garage to work in! I am eternally grateful. I know you are a good soul. Thank you! 🙏

  9. I Have No says:

    Nice, thanks.
    This is a topic of discussion for me right now.

  10. Jim Wallace says:

    Not too tight!

  11. Garrett Smith says:

    Scotty , my camry needs a new frt wheel bearing. I hear you tell us to get OEM PARTS. how do I ask or find OEM .. I can already see the problem with them not telling the truth so if I go to AutoZone they're going to say oh it's just like oem but is it?

  12. wnc817 says:

    I remember using a breaker bar for that..

  13. Ryan Baker says:

    Did someone already win the torque wrench

  14. John Nguyen says:

    Scotty is awesome

  15. Sheila Pendley says:

    We just love and appreciate you! Thank You!

  16. elfpimp1 says:

    Ah, poop. Missed my chance at a Kilmer Torque Wrench..

  17. allan hughes says:

    Hey Scotty I can see the grease its on the shelf on the left hand side next to the oil can Hope that helps ??/

  18. Ellis Jackson says:

    "Cut down on drifting and hard cornering to make your wheel bearings last longer." I'm sorry I can't do that

  19. Mike Vega says:

    Great advice

  20. Anthony Fejeran says:

    Make a lot of noise and drive you crazy lmao.

  21. theodore eichhorn says:

    you,re videos are great.

  22. mitchrodee says:

    I’d like to win a torque wrench!

  23. Art Zamora says:

    Great information thanks again

  24. SolidSnakeArchery says:

    I totally need a torque wrench

  25. William Bissell says:

    I only have an inch pounds torque wrench from Harbor Freight. It would be great to have a foot pounds unit!

  26. Jim M says:

    I enjoy all your videos because ive learned so much about things I need yo know to help my vehicle last longer.Thank u si much Scotty

  27. Ryan says:

    Great video! I recently had to replace a wheel bearing on my vehicle and after watching your video I think it’s because my winter tires are so damn shaky.

  28. sy5tem says:

    wait i am confused "part of it is that i am canadian" BUT , title say last forever and 10 seconds into video you say twice as long? do you mean that "forever" is finite ? lol

  29. - MrRIchBiker says:

    love ya scotty

  30. Bryan Hight says:

    You’re the man Scottie! Keep doing what you do and we’ll keep watching

  31. John Deffes says:

    Scotty…got a 2008 LS460, with AA80E trannys and 62k miles. It has a shudder/vibration at 1100-1200 rpm and around 32mph when accell pedal is held steady at that rpm/mph. Letting up or pushing down on accell shudder goes away. Lexus of course says tranny failure…Lexus club Website has others with same issue, say old, degraded fluid to blame. Tried replacing some of the trany fluid, but can't get it all…torque converter no drain plug. Fluid that came out was definitely degraded…some new fluid helped issue a bit, but vibe/shudder still persists. Thought u liked these Aisin trannys?

  32. Harry Jim says:

    Ur heaven sent man like all your videos!!! Keep em Goin thanks Scotty

  33. John Soho says:

    Thanks for the fun vids Scotty. I feel like a genius!

  34. Toguro 100% says:

    Don’t want those F A G wheel bearings

  35. Paul Huynh says:

    Saucy Wrenches

  36. Boo Bear says:

    Scotty and his memes man 😂

  37. Johnny Hallmark says:

    Scotty I really love your common sense knowledge. I could use a good torque wrench, thanks for the information!

  38. Cj A says:

    Scotty- that garage looks a mess lol

  39. 982Nighthawk1337 says:

    Torque wrench eh?

  40. Joshua Long says:

    Noticed the 101 Airborne! Thank you for your service! Orah!

  41. Marek Zarkowski says:

    Thanks Scotty, in my mazda tribute 2001, front right wheel bearing was replaced just last month. I have learned hard way. Cost almost Cad 400.

  42. ramo2022 T says:

    I hit my disk brakes with the pressure washer through the rim openings when I wash my car. Idk if it cleans much, but better than nothing I guess.

  43. Esoteric Mystery says:

    Do most mechanics even care about doing a good job like Scotty does?

  44. Patryk Plichta says:

    Good to know 🙂

  45. F Kaspar says:

    Thanks Scotty, this was very informative

  46. Kirk Spence says:

    Nice watching your videos Scotty , I'll become a great mechanic one day because of you.

  47. brionalex6 says:

    Thanks for all the information you provide for people. Your the mechanic I trust most. ( Any tips on Lincoln mkx vs. Honda pilot?)

  48. Journey Ortize says:

    I definitely need one I think it's a little to late though 😬😔

  49. Michael Jones says:

    Very informative!

  50. Oby-1 says:

    Am I too late for the torque wrench draw?

  51. Q-Pid Avenger says:

    Hey Scotty my car horn isn't working properly, it kept going off even when parked I changed out the relay and it still does it what could be the problem? I pulled the fuse to make it stop.

  52. 2Dawgs Mike D says:

    4:07 😂😂😂 "oooooooOOOORRRRRtheYEEEEAAaaaarzzzz…"
    Thanks for actually editing that in all by itself! 😂😂😂

  53. Jason Jewell says:

    Thank you.

  54. TheInvisibleOne says:

    I'm binge watching Kilmer vids nonstop!

  55. Me H says:

    Thanks Scotty, very informative.

  56. John Hayes says:

    and all the sealed wheel bearing crap because the assembly line robots can't grease old fashioned bearings %$#@*&

  57. Wayne S. says:

    Pressed in bearings aren't expensive. I take the knuckles along with the new bearings & seals to the local machine shop and he charges $55 to swap them out.

  58. smiley3303 says:

    Tried the 1AAuto ones and they died after about a year. Been doing Moog or SKF and had good luck.

  59. abbas h. shishehbor says:

    Good job

  60. Peah Johnson says:

    Nice videos! I learned so much about cars. I don’t fix them but you taught me the symptoms and signs so every time when I feel something is wrong with my car. I am always right! Great informative and easy to understand videos! And I love the pics but the way!

  61. Jacob Pierson says:

    The only thing it cost me was the cost of the part, and about an hours worth of work

  62. John Humphries says:

    Thanks Scotty for helping us amateur mechanics

  63. Brentavious says:

    hello I would like torque wrench

  64. Anthony Gennace says:

    Great video Scotty thanks

  65. Djuro Stojanovic says:

    I am not to place any comment.

  66. Marty Truelove says:

    Use common sense is what this video is getting across.

  67. Harry Miner says:

    Ok Scotty, you have a lots of valid points. But I live in Dayton Ohio and my husband works long hours so who could you recommend for an suit mechanic.

  68. Walter Talbot says:

    Scotty is giving away a wrench!!! Love this guy .

  69. Korey Khork says:

    Thanks for the great to the point videos. You’ve helped me save money and time. I’ve learned some really good points from you as well as time saving trips. Much appreciated! No China steel parts ever. Lower standards in those factories. Thanks Scotty.

  70. Douglas Sterry says:

    Acme bearings is still on Niagara in the same place

  71. Kevin James Denton says:

    Scotty you could be the new sham wow guy.

  72. Kevin James Denton says:

    Thanks for all the helpful tips you really know your stuff.

  73. Willy The Mailman says:

    Scotty, love your videos
    Where did you get your eyeglasses?
    I want some like that

  74. jason127x99 says:

    One wheel bearing per wheel??? You mean 2? Inner and outer?

  75. Niel Yerdon says:

    Great video thanks

  76. Alex K says:

    This video is all about video poster

  77. Jaythesizzler says:

    I drove thru a flooded parking lot once and the next day I started getting wheel bearing noise from passenger side 🙁

  78. Ted e Reed says:

    How important is it to maintain wheel covers & hubcaps? I lost 2 out of 4 on my 1990 glavall van? I still have dust caps on my bearings, but will it make brakes get dirtier faster? Pep boys doesn't have any wheel covers. They told me to try napa. Ford, I bet, is kinda spendy. I cant afford modern wheels. I suppose I'll keep looking in those out of the way parts stores. I'd hate to miss a bargain.

  79. Jed Nace says:

    thanks scothy . . . now i know how to handle that wheel the way nice torque wrench😊

  80. StormoakLonewind says:

    Nice torque wrench and great videos!!

  81. Joshua Quick says:

    I agree 100% Mr Kilmer. No offense to anybody who doesn't but, with the exception of one coworker and myself, nobody where I work takes the time to look up torque specifications for vehicles we work on nor use a torque wrench when tightening fasteners. They simply grab an impact gun or air ratchet, figure out the right socket, and have at it will complete disregard for our customers.

  82. Old man Goat says:

    Only buy toyota brand for toyota wheels

  83. Pollo JF says:

    @1:56 i got a Pathfinder like these one and they’re very reliable compared with newer Nissans! 👍🏼

  84. Henry mwaniki says:

    Hello,I will always treasure your lessons .I already buy auto parts based on your lessons

  85. John Elliott says:

    i love your channel

  86. MKTJ03 says:

    Hey Scotty, I need to replace the front left bearing hub on my car. It's whining like crazy. I would really prefer doing it with a proper torque wrench instead of my Chinese scale-arrow type one!

  87. Pccpy says:

    These tips won't help me. I drive on salt water every year and our street potholes are 4 feet apart.

  88. jack weiner says:

    I scewed up steering Pistion on a Ford town car by miss reading the Tork on the handle,I read ft ponds that should have been In. ponds.

  89. G. Fox says:

    Best price I could find to replace an 08 Tundra wheel bearing was $700. Drove through floodwaters a couple years ago. At least I know why it failed. Thank you for explaining.

  90. Derry Bullock says:

    Clean non-offensive comment….

  91. Aurelio Garcia says:

    I really need a torque wrench

  92. Build a burger says:

    It's amazing any of our cars run at all.

  93. John Stabler says:

    Love the video

  94. Dave Holden says:

    Stay away from salt water??? Not allowed in Vermont where we use salt on the roads 6 months out of the year to melt ice and snow. Our cars get a white crust of salt all over them from the salty roads. Sad…

  95. Dave Holden says:

    Go around potholes! Haha, funny. In Vermont they don't pave the roads to keep people from speeding. Our 'paved' roads are bumpier than our dirt roads.

  96. kyle pruitt says:

    Just about all of his videos he talks about staying away from salt water and the beach. As a boat mechanic working on boats that sit in salt water everyday of the year, even “marine” parts get absolutely destroyed by salt water. STAY AWAY and do a super rinse/wash after you go to the beach.

  97. Ming Ta Shan says:

    How does one know that a wheel bearing is worn and needs to be replaced?

  98. Ricci Rogers says:

    Hey Scotty, I want to apprentice with you!

  99. Bean Town says:

    I did one in my Acura without a machine press and it works fine

  100. Patrick Stranathan says:

    I think that is a nice torkwrinch and I would like to have one

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