Rear Wheel Bearing Diagnosis Help - Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site
Suzuki Forum Suzuki Forums

» Auto Insurance
» Featured Product
Wheel & Tire Center

Go Back   Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site > Suzuki Models > Suzuki Jimny, Sierra & Samurai Forum
Register Home Forum Active Topics Photo Gallery Garage Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read Auto EscrowAuto LoansInsurance Advertise

Suzuki-Forums.com is the premier Suzuki All Forum on the internet. Registered Users do not see the above ads.
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 08-25-2010, 10:29 AM   #1 (permalink)
Senior
 
VaderSS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
Posts: 328
Gallery: 0
VaderSS is on a distinguished road
Garage
Thumbs up Rear Wheel Bearing Diagnosis Help - Solved

I've had a whir/hum since I bought my Sami. Since it was not getting any louder, I figured it was normal, but I think it has gotten louder in the past few days.

I think I've narowed it down to being the passenger-side rear wheel bearing, but would like confirmation from someone experienced with Samurais.

The noise is constant and, is overshadowed by wind-noise except at lower speeds.

If I turn to the right, the volume reduces or goes away while turning. The volume does not change when turning left. If I hit the brakes, regular or parking brake, the noise goes away while braking.
__________________
Wayne Bengston
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock

Last edited by VaderSS; 12-07-2010 at 11:57 AM.
VaderSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Old 08-25-2010, 09:31 PM   #2 (permalink)
Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: N.E.Texas
Posts: 73
Gallery: 0
GIZMO is on a distinguished road
Default Rear wheel bearings

Having just went through this myself.....I'll jump in here. Quick check....jack up that side of the axle and spin the tire and listen for grinding. This might not work if you have lockers....you might have to jack up both sides. Further checks.....remove the tire and brake drum and see if the axle can be moved up and down or side to side. If it can, the wheel bearing needs to be replaced. Not that hard to do. Good luck.




GIZMO
GIZMO is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 08-26-2010, 09:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
Senior
 
VaderSS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
Posts: 328
Gallery: 0
VaderSS is on a distinguished road
Garage
Default

Thank you!
__________________
Wayne Bengston
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock
VaderSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
 
Old 12-07-2010, 11:53 AM   #4 (permalink)
Senior
 
VaderSS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
Posts: 328
Gallery: 0
VaderSS is on a distinguished road
Garage
Default

Update;

I checked for movement of the axle, and there was a little on both sides, with slightly more on the passenger side. Both bearings sounded fine when spun with no load on them.

I ordered the bearings, but continued driving it until one day when it started making even more noise on the way to work. On the way back, it started popping and crunching, so I parked it.

That gave me the incentive to finish repairing my Impala, so I pulled the Impala out and put the Samurai in the garage, and then pulled the axles.

The driver's side bearing looked like it had been replaced not too long ago, but the passenger side one had split at the outer race.

The axles are at the machine shop getting the bearings replaced right now. I should have it back together this weekend. Also replacing the drums, shoes, and wheel cylinders while it is apart.

I dislike whoever came up with the idea to put two lines, close together, into the passenger side wheel cylinder. I could not get a line-wrench on the upper line because it is too close to the lower line, and an open end wrench began stripping the flats. Ended up using vice-grips, which just makes me cringe. The lower line had already been stripped of its flats so again had to use vice-grips. Grrrr.... At least this is a job that should not have to be done again for a while...
__________________
Wayne Bengston
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock
VaderSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2010, 03:59 PM   #5 (permalink)
Senior
 
Join Date: Mar 2009
Location: 2Close2LA
Posts: 193
Gallery: 8
Merlin93 is on a distinguished road
Default

While you have it apart, be sure to check out the SJ410 Backing Plates at TrailTough. You'll have to make a ~3" hole in the existing backing plate, but it's worth it if you ever have to go in there again.
Merlin93 is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-08-2010, 04:35 PM   #6 (permalink)
Senior
 
VaderSS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
Posts: 328
Gallery: 0
VaderSS is on a distinguished road
Garage
Default

Thanks for the tip.

I had thought about it before I did the job, but decided not to worry about it. Wishing I had done that now. The new bearings are installed now though, so I'll just put it back together.

If I ever have to take it apart again, I'll do the SJ410 backing plates, for sure. It certainly would be worth it...
__________________
Wayne Bengston
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock
VaderSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2010, 09:31 AM   #7 (permalink)
Full Member
 
Join Date: Mar 2010
Location: USA
Posts: 123
Gallery: 0
texastintop is on a distinguished road
Question

can someone please give me the scoop on the sj-410 backing plates? sounds interesting.
texastintop is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-09-2010, 10:38 AM   #8 (permalink)
Senior
 
VaderSS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
Posts: 328
Gallery: 0
VaderSS is on a distinguished road
Garage
Default

http://www.trailtough.com/index.php?...mart&Itemid=53

SJ410 backing plate modification
__________________
Wayne Bengston
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock
VaderSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Old 12-15-2010, 01:12 PM   #9 (permalink)
Senior
 
VaderSS's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2010
Location: Cordelia, CA
Posts: 328
Gallery: 0
VaderSS is on a distinguished road
Garage
Default

I finished putting the Sami back together last night and drove it to work this morning. The wheel-bearing had been making noise since I bought it, 10,000 miles ago, and also causing a lot of vibration. Until today, I had not realized just how noisy and how much vibration it had been causing...

Driving it to work today, I was struck by how much smoother and quieter the Sami was.


I also replaced the rear brake drums, shoes, and wheel cylinders. I considered doing a disk conversion, but only $100(thanks to wholesaler closeouts on Rockauto) brought the rear brakes to new condition, so I figured I'd try that first. Again, I was struck by how much better Sami stops now.

The previous owner had replaced the shoes with quality semi-metallic ones, which looked almost new, but the drums had been worn/resurfaced to the point that they did not match the shoes anymore. The wheel cylinders looked good as well, but I figured I'd replace them since they were already off and were only $6 each.
__________________
Wayne Bengston
'88.5 Samurai JX, mostly stock

Last edited by VaderSS; 12-15-2010 at 01:17 PM.
VaderSS is offline   Reply With Quote Quick reply to this message
Sponsored Links
Advertisement
 
Reply

  Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site > Suzuki Models > Suzuki Jimny, Sierra & Samurai Forum

Quick Reply
Message:
Options

Register Now

In order to be able to post messages on the Suzuki Forums: Suzuki Forum Site forums, you must first register.
Please enter your desired user name, your email address and other required details in the form below.
User Name:
Password
Please enter a password for your user account. Note that passwords are case-sensitive.
Password:
Confirm Password:
Email Address
Please enter a valid email address for yourself.
Email Address:
Insurance
Please select your insurance company (Optional)

Log-in



Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may post new threads
You may post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 12:00 AM.



Powered by vBulletin® Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Search Engine Optimization by vBSEO 3.6.1
Garage Plus vBulletin Plugins by Drive Thru Online, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.