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I've had an advisory to change the bearings on my car .... now i've had this information for a while now, but its recently started to worry me. And low and behold i come back home, after not driving the car for a while, and the noise on the motorway is almost deafening.

My question is this... where in the north will replace my bearings?

i took the car to an MG specialist, and he wouldn't touch it, saying it needed special tooling :santa:

also what bearings do i get?

a friend mentioned there are ones available with a lifetime guarantee.... which would be nice....

help? im scared the wheel will fall off when i go home for christmas

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Unfortunately removing the rear wheel bearings can lead to the hub carrier breaking. Pressing the bearing out can break off a lip which scraps the upright.

Which bearings need changing?

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If your bearing overheats and expands it could seize, leading you you heading down the road sideways or spinning. Change it asap.

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Si, what are the symptoms of a rear worn bearing

The symptoms in this case were one of the Lotus technicians at the factory saying..... err... mate... you gotta bit of play in your rear bearing.....

Get it sorted.....!!!

:santa:

No noises though were noticed at the time due to all the lovely engine noises from back there.....

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problem is a 0.05 discepancy in a bearing can traslate to what feels like inches of play when you in the seat, when i reverse into my drive theres a small step i have to go up, i notice that it feels like the wheel leans to one side when i reverse in, other than that no way to tell really.

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Either PNM or if you feel that's too far go for Chris Foulds, near Huddersfield.

Cheers for everyones replies :santa:

sadly it is the rears that need doing...

im gonna give chris a ring and see when he can fit me in... cheers :)

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the car is booked in with chris for early jan....

although i have to use the car over christmas.... so are there any do's or don't's i should be aware of when "driving home for christmas"? :santa: "yeah"

Don't go too fast (faster = hotter)

Don't keep driving for long periods (short drives will allow them to cool again)

Don't corner excessively hard (puts greater strain on a failing part)

If the noise noticeably increases during a drive, stop, have a coffee and let them cool.

Other than that, the usual thing, if it gets really bad, you'll have to stop using the car. Drive it as though it has an 850cc engine, it weights 2 tonnes and is on bicycle wheels- TREAT IT REALLY GENTLY.

In the end, a lot of it is going to be luck, you might drive 10 miles, the face of the casing flakes so badly you cannot continue, you might do 2,00 miles, the noise hardly changes and the car still handles as it is now.

Andy

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When I had my +2 I had the left, rear bearing start to go on the way down to Brands Hatch from Coventry. I didn't know what it was, just a noise and a bit of a clonk. Brands Hatch was wet and the car park was boggy getting the car almost into its axles at one stage.

Although by now I knew the bearing was on its way out I had to drive it home. I took it steady, doing only 60 on thr motorway and taking corners really slowly particularly as I got near home and I could feel the rear wheel steering the car. Got home without the wheel falling off. The driveshaft should hold it on.

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Back when this happened the most likely cause was a seized wheel bearing. I don't mean to scare you, but if a rear wheel locks up you will have a lot of trouble keeping in a straight line but you need to know that it's a serious problem requiring your urgent attention.

PS Both occupants were unharmed and the owner, Mark Ledger, returned to the car to take the keys out!

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PS Both occupants were unharmed and the owner, Mark Ledger, returned to the car to take the keys out!

...quite right to remove the keys...someone might nick the car...

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No your not, but you will bugger the hub as it will wear if you dont get the bearing sorted,. I have had bearings go on other cars for the time being you can re pack with grease and tighten up. Just don't drive at looney speeds.

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Most noisy bearings take a looong time to actually fail...I've removed really noisy ones which, when examined, look like they would have lasted forever. Conversely, I have had them just fail on me without warning..pinion bearings on Capris were the worst for this, they just seemed to break up all in one go!! Generally, if you can stand the noise, you'll be OK... once it becomes unbearable you gotta fix it!!

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The car went into Chris Foulds Yesterday..... He did an excellent job, and im very happy with the service provided :fun:

It's amazing how quiet it is in the car now.... well done Chris, i shall definitely be using him again :ermm:

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