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Wheel bearings blew while driving...

Wheel bearings are mostly all blown off. We removed the wheel to see what we could see...
Break caliper a little worn, but everything seems to be ok.
What should we look for in spindle wear??

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Lady_chaos has the right idea going but you should also look for any bluing in the metal indicating the spindle got hot

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If you have had any damage done to the spindle from the wheel bearings would definitely be able to tell. Anytime I have ever seen damaged spindles, it has looked like marks that remind me of an animal chewing on a rawhide bone a while. there would be scrapes around it and gouges in the metal as if sharp metal slid across it or something that looks like you ran a tough saw blade across the metal...its the easiest way I can describe it. Of course look for cracks or pits because it could be a weak spot in the metal and make sure the metal's integrity is good (spindle doesn't look twisted or bent). Hope this helps and I apologize for my silly explanation of it's appearance but it's something people can easily picture.

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