Originally Posted by hondamark35
more specifically, the bearing is designed to have negative clearance in the axial direction when the hub is installed and the axle torqued to spec. if not torqued to spec the clearance will be positive allowing the ***** to rattle, vibrate and shift side to side. this can cause flaking of the race, fretting and more and more noise and vibration until catastrophic failure.
bearings are fun!
well my quest for a real valid reason as to why this bearing failed so quickly is finally found. on this new bearing i noticed it had some play almost as if it represented it needed to be crushed a little so your explanation fits the separation that can be observed in the center of the damm bearing. with proper torque it sandwiches it all correctly...both to little or too much will kill the bearing.
U guys think I should tighten down the other one? (pass side)...which luckily has absolutely no play. I feel like leaving it well enough alone since it is far far from suffering this ones symptoms....but then again I wouldn't want it to develop it 2 yrs from now......truth be told Im comparing them to how long the stocker OEMs lasted which is 20 yrs. You think I should bring the pass side to proper specs or maybe a little more or less to make up for how long it's been out of specs?
Definitely the left side axle stripped on my watch the last time I changed it..although I dont remember perfectly...I got the feeling of dejavu this time and I really had not applied a lot of pressure......and if I hit the bad axle with the lowest setting on this gun it will tighten up and max out that setting which would leave it tight..but nowhere near 181 lbs....but if I stripped it and saw it overpower my other gun.(2yrs ago)..I would have wanted to leave it well enough alone since I knew I stripped part of the threads and was just happy it got as tight as it does.... then i just forgot I went thru that...and wondered why the f that bearing went bad again. Im really a chevy guy and the mechanics can be a lil different.
There is a chance though that the previous owner had the axles swapped...and whoever installed it stripped the threads on this side and left it alone same as I did later once it got tight....which would explain the OEM first set going bad on just this same side......while the OEM pass side was fine and ended up getting swapped becuz I replaced them both in pairs. If not for this axle or its prev.installer...the oem bearings prolly would have gone another 20 yrs.