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Bad rear axle bearing and seal on a 2000 jeep grand

Smoke from rear passenger side wheel after driving a bit, also feeling like wheel is out of round, bad rear axle bearing? 2000 jeep grand cherokee laredo

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  • Richard Scordino May 15, 2010

    If you have a bad bearing and seal, you will have axle grease on the brake components and often a trace leaking onto the inside of the tire. If not, you likely have a brake assembly that is hanging up. Most common cause is an emergency brake cable that is not retracting as it should. Only way to know is to remove the wheel and actually look the thing over.

  • alsky May 21, 2010

    Thanks for the reply. I definitely have a bad seal because e-brake assembly is coated with grease. I very rarely use the e-brake. Could I have a bad caliper that is hanging up on an out-of-round rotor? When I spin wheel it is tight but feel no slop in bearing. When it starts smoking it feels like tire wants to fall off

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The bearing does not always have to be really bad for the seal to fail. Centrifugal force will throw axle grease outward where it gets on the rotor. That can make it feel like the rotor is out of round. If grease got on the brake pads I'd replace them and perhaps even the rotor. As far as the caliper being frozen, possible....check it out when you have it apart. You can have more than one shoe untied at the same time. Not always, but it can happen.
When replacing the seal make sure you put some grease on the lip before putting the axle back in. by doing that it won't fail from dry running before the diff lube reaches it.

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