1997 Ford Escort repair question

Tiny
KBOURASSA
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  • 1997 FORD ESCORT
  • 180,000 MILES
Ok so I have replace the wheel front bearing in oct when I got the car and then again in may. I know they should last about 4 yrs or there full lifetime of the car and not shorter then they have been but I dont know what is causing the wheel bearing to go so fast. My mechanic says he cant do my tierods until I get a new wheel bearing. Im just tired of spending money on a part that is not lasting its life time. Is there something else besides the bearing being over torqued that is causing this problem.

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Karin
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 7:02 PM

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Tiny
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Hello,

This could happen from a couple different reasons.

-Bad wheel hub
-Bad suspension component, tie rods, ball joints, shocks
-Wheel Alignment
-Improper Installation of bearing

This also could just be a defective bearing. I have seen it happen.

Is it both wheels or just one?
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 8:16 PM
Tiny
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Its just the front left bearing that keeps going on me. So what would solve theproblem is replacing some of the compents like the suspension, wheel hub and doing an alignment
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 8:21 PM
Tiny
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Well a couple things you could check out first.

On the drivers side tire, are the tread patterns worn evenly? If not, this could indicate a alignment issue.
A bad wheel hub, if bent, you might hear a intermittent rub of the rotor to the pad. Tie Rod ends are pretty strait forward if they need to be replaced.

You can jack up the tired and pull/push on it to see how much play is in it.

Let me know

Sean
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 8:31 PM
Tiny
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I know I need the outter tierod replaced cause its bent, it sounds like theres a rubbing noise from the rotor to pad but I thought that noise iwas hearing was the wheel bearing, the tire tread has even wear on it and my mechanic did say there is alot of play
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 8:36 PM
Tiny
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Yeah it sounds like its the wheel hub. I would replace that, along with checking the bearing for failure and the tie rod.

Sean
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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 9:07 PM
Tiny
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THERE ARE SEVERAL REASONS I CAN THINK OF THAT COULD CAUSE FAILURES

A FACTORY DEFECTIVE PART......this happens sometimes

A CHEAP PART......substandard materials and manufacturing

THE RECEIVING PART ON THE VEHICLE MAY BE BENT/ DEFECTIVE/ ETC.....happens

A PART INSTALLED INCORRECTLY......this is normally the situation!

CRAPPY WORKMANSHIP IS NOT LIMITED TO THE GUY WORKING OFF OF CEMENT BLOCKS IN HIS BACK YARD

YOU CAN GET IT ANYWHERE, FROM THE STEALERSHIP ON DOWN TO THE DIYer

BEATING THINGS INTO PLACE---WORKING IN A DIRTY ENVIRONMENT----FAILURE TO CLEAN PARTS----AND AS YOU MENTIONED, TORQUE SPECS IGNORED OR NEVER ATTEMPTED!..........THIS KINDA STUFF IS NOT UNCOMMON

FINDING A "CARING" MECHANIC IS SORTA HARD TO DO SOMETIMES

----RECOMMENDATIONS FROM SOMEONE WHO "HAS NO CLUE" OF "MECHANICALS", ONLY "HE WAS A NICE FELLER" OR "THEY DID IT FAST" OR "HE IS REALLY CHEAP"............SORTA AIN'T THE BEST CREDENTIALS FOR THE MECHANIC WORKING ON THE AIRPLANE YOU ARE ABOUT TO BOARD

...............WELL, THAT AIN'T YOUR AIRPLANE........BUT YOUR CAR IS PROBABLY A BIG INVESTMENT, AND EVEN A SLIGHT, AVOIDABLE GLITCH MIGHT PUT YOUR LIFE AT RISK!

MANY PLACES JUST SORTA SLING THE PART IN (IN AND OUT, MAKE $$$)..........WHEREAS A "MORE EXPERIENCED" GUY MIGHT INVESTIGATE A SYSTEM TO SEE WHAT COULD HAVE CAUSED THE FAILURE....MAYBE SOMETHING OUT OF ROUND, BENT OR MACHINED INCORRECTLY WHERE THE BEARING FITS IN.....OR OTHER POSSIBILITIES

........JUST SOME THOUGHTS

GIVING YOU A LINK THAT MIGHT HELP YOU FIND THE RIGHT GUYYOU MIGHT EVEN GET A GREAT WARRANTY, SOMETIMES LIFETIME! (ON THE PART, MAYBE NOT THE LABOR)

SEE "MY ANSWER"......WHICH IS THE LAST ONE IN THE POST.....IN THIS LINK (A FEW OF MY JEEP PICS ARE AT THE END)

http://www.2carpros.com/questions/2000-ford-focus-mechanic-wants-charge-850-replace-fuel-pump-filter-harness-on

UNLESS YOU DO HAVE SOME SORTA WARRANTY TO FALL BACK ON----THE BEARING ISSUE "THIS TIME" IS THE START OF A WHOLE NEW BALL GAME

YOU MUST UNDERSTAND YOUR ALIGNMENT GUY'S POINT OF VIEW, HIS "EXPERTISE" WILL NOT WORK OUT CORRECTLY WITH A WEAK LINK IN THE SYSTEM.......HE MAY BE LOOKING OUT FOR YOUR WELFARE TOO, BY INSISTING ON THE BEARING REPAIR, NOT JUST THE QUALITY OF HIS WORK!

THE MEDIC

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Tuesday, July 2nd, 2013 AT 9:20 PM

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