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    Default Front wheel bearing whirring, how soon to failure?

    Hey Guys,

    The wifes 97, 176,000 miles has front right wheel bearing going out. I already ordered 2 new ones (40 each) BUT here is my problem. She almost always works out of town...so I only see her and V on weekends.I have noticed it making noise..I thought it was the tires, and last weekend it just clicked "WHEEL BEARING" I can shake the wheel and feel the slightestamount of give..and now this week its way louder. I ordered the wheel bearing last week so its coming in on monday, which doesnt help as she has to drive 5 hours to where she has to work this week. Then 5 hours home on friday. On saturday th 27th I should be able to get the bearing changed by local mechanic. The problem is i want to know if it will break down on her on the way to where shes going this week. The "slight" noise has been going on for a few weeks but it just got a lot louder last week.

    We really dont want to shell out 500.00 for a rental this week, but also I dont want her to break down.

    Im just wanting to know how long the v will run with a bad front wheel bearing. Ive known people with bad rear wheel bearings on other cars (focus) drove for a year like that. We just need to v to run one more week.

    Im extremely pro-maintenance on the v its just the logistics yesterday I had her axle replaced but the bearing wasnt in yet so I couldnt have that done. Any advice would be appreciated. John

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    Like you said, sometimes they can growl for a LONG TIME without being replaced. Took me years to diagnose one of my wife's bearings.

    Is there any vibration associated with it, or any false ABS engagement when slowing to a stop?

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    False Abs engagement? I dont' think so.


    The other day it was raining and we were stopping from our exit ramp and the abs kicked on..which is possible since it was raining but it never has kicked on on that part of the road..so for sure there could have been a false abs engagement that one time. Why do you ask??

    We have been having ABS problems when it rains the light kicks on,(abs disabled light) I used methods discussed on this board and got the codes, looks like passenger rear wheel noise/ intermittent/sensor probably needs to be replaced.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mtxjohn View Post
    False Abs engagement? I dont' think so.


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    What happens is, the bearing has extra play, and this results in the ABS sensor's not reading the wheel, which sets a code.

    The code can indicate which bearing is faulty!

    Also, the bad bearing could make the sensor fail (they are quite close to the hub) if there is physical contact... So be prepared for a phone call from the mechanic.

    PS IMO your wife could drive on the bearing for a week.....

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    When the shop replaces the bearings, have them look over the lug nut studs for stripped threads or anything.

    They're not related issues, it's just that if you have to replace a wheel stud, you have to pull & replace the bearing, so you might as well have a look at them when the bearing is already out.

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    thanks Chip, I rotate my own wheels so I know the threads are good.

    I took it to a tire place yesterday to have the tires on one side mounted on different wheels (now all 4 wheels match,dont ask!) and the dude jacked up the crv with two hand jacks BY THE SUSPENSION ARMS. Friggin idiot. I just hope he didnt do any damage. When I have my the wheel bearings replaced next saturday Ill have the dude make sure nothign is bent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Carbuff2 View Post
    What happens is, the bearing has extra play, and this results in the ABS sensor's not reading the wheel, which sets a code.

    The code can indicate which bearing is faulty!

    Also, the bad bearing could make the sensor fail (they are quite close to the hub) if there is physical contact... So be prepared for a phone call from the mechanic.
    Exactly...The gap on the sensor starts to vary too widely when you apply the brakes because there's too much slop in the bearing's tolerance.

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    SO 177,566 miles we finally got the bearings replaced so now all is good. All told she drove about 1700 miles on a bearing that was HOWLING. Hopefully we're done dumping money into the CRV for a bit. It seems like every month she dumps a few hundred into repairing the CRV. This month is about 600.00 for 2 new axles, wheel bearings, and she threw a p0304 p0303, p0300 and I replaced the spark plugs so hopefully no more issues.

    Wifey is seriously considering just selling her V and getting a 2009 crv with leather and lumbar adjustments although we would burn through the 36k mi warranty in less than a year.

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