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bentleywarren
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#6545 (Re: Bluedevils) 08/22/02 03:20 AM

I'm having the exact same symptoms. Moaning and groaning when going straight ahead, moaning and groaning when going to the left, quiet and peaceful when going to the right. I thought about just always driving to the right, but, after reading the other posts, I went out and jacked up both sides of the car. The right wheel seems reasonably tight, but the driver side (I guess that's the left) wobbles considerably. So, it seems to me that the problem is in the left wheel.

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95 Contour Zetec, ATX (wrecked, sitting in the barn)
95 Mystique Zetec, MTX
2000 Taurus SEL 3.0L Duratec
1994 Crown Victoria LX 4.6 V8
1993 Chevy Silverado 4.3 V6

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Mod-deth
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#6835 (Re: bentleywarren) 08/22/02 12:04 PM

Which just goes to show you...sometimes you have to take all this "expert" advice worth a grain of salt. A little point in the right direction is nice, but nothing beats hand's on experience.

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Bluedevils
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#7064 (Re: Bluedevils) 08/22/02 03:50 PM

Local Midas quoted $80 per front bearing part cost and $105 labor for 1 bearing, $170 for two. So total would be $185 for 1 and $330 for both.

The advisor guy at Midas recommended replacing both at the same time. Any thoughts on how wise or important it is to do that?

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Jason
current 95 Contour SE (V6) MTX owner
former 96 Mystique LS V6/MTX owner

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LI-SVT
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#7073 (Re: Bluedevils) 08/22/02 04:02 PM

IMO, don't fix what ain't broke, unless it makes the car faster!! Seriously, the other wheel bearing could go tomorrow or last another 25K miles. Since the labor is basicly double the $$$, only fix what needs to be.

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bentleywarren
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#7116 (Re: Bluedevils) 08/22/02 04:42 PM

O'Reilly Auto Parts has BCA Front Wheel Bearings for $32.99 each.

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95 Contour Zetec, ATX (wrecked, sitting in the barn)
95 Mystique Zetec, MTX
2000 Taurus SEL 3.0L Duratec
1994 Crown Victoria LX 4.6 V8
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Bluedevils
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#7276 (Re: bentleywarren) 08/22/02 07:02 PM

Wow. I figured the markup was 100% or so, but it sounds like even more in this case. I can't do this work myself, though, and since most shops don't let you bring your own parts, I think I'm stuck paying the $80 part price.

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Jason
current 95 Contour SE (V6) MTX owner
former 96 Mystique LS V6/MTX owner

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bentleywarren
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#7309 (Re: Bluedevils) 08/22/02 07:58 PM

I'm going to be courageous and give it a shot on my Mystique. I need to replace the struts anyway, so I just ordered the struts and two wheel bearings. I'll tear in to it Saturday. Wish me luck! I'll let you know how it goes.

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95 Contour Zetec, ATX (wrecked, sitting in the barn)
95 Mystique Zetec, MTX
2000 Taurus SEL 3.0L Duratec
1994 Crown Victoria LX 4.6 V8
1993 Chevy Silverado 4.3 V6

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bentleywarren
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#10137 (Re: bentleywarren) 08/26/02 02:20 PM

I installed the struts on all four wheels, and a wheel bearing on the left front. That was a weekend to remember. The worst problem was getting the front struts back in place. Anyway, now that everything is back together, the rumbling noise in the front has stopped, so it must have been the wheel bearing.

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95 Contour Zetec, ATX (wrecked, sitting in the barn)
95 Mystique Zetec, MTX
2000 Taurus SEL 3.0L Duratec
1994 Crown Victoria LX 4.6 V8
1993 Chevy Silverado 4.3 V6

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Bluedevils
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Re: groaning/moaning from left front - wheel bearing? new
#10546 (Re: bentleywarren) 08/26/02 09:20 PM

congrats. I wish I had the skills to do these sorts of maintenance/repair tasks myself, but alas I am not handy with the wrenches so I'll probably have to plunk down 180 bucks to have the left front bearing replaced on my car.

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Jason
current 95 Contour SE (V6) MTX owner
former 96 Mystique LS V6/MTX owner

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