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The rear tires on my mother's 98 Rav4 showed uneven wear, and the tires were new and balanced. The uneven wear showed up 3 months after the tires were installed. The car has over 130K miles, so I conclude its worn bearings. I looked at the replacement bearings for the rear wheels, and Autozone online shows its a sealed housing unit (Duralast part # DL512213). Each housed bearing unit is pricey, and Timken brand is almost double of Duralast retail price. Can I open this housed unit and replace the old bearings with new ones ?? Essentially, I'm talking about rebuilding the unit. Autozone parts guy claims it was meant to be discarded, but other websites showed the rear wheel bearings for a 98 Rav4 to be conventional bearings, implying the housing unit can be opened to replace the bearings inside.

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    Tony Cantero Mar 01, 2013

    addendum: It's a front wheel drive, not all wheel drive, which requires alignment on all 4 tires, The rear wheels are fixed and normally never needs alignment work. I replaced the rear shock absorbers and installed new tires. Its been a year since I posted this problem and it appears the worn shocks was the cause of uneven wear of rear tires.

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    Tony Cantero Mar 01, 2013

    It's been over a year since I posted this query of uneven wear of rear tires on 98 Rav4. I replaced the shock absorbers, installed new tires, and had not observed uneven wear after a year. It appears the worn shock absorbers were the cause of uneven wear. The wear pattern was all over, like the tire kept shifting left and right at highway speeds.

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I dont know or cant see the ware pattern on your tires but as an alignment tech have aignment done

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Are the bearings loose or making noise? If not there is nothing wrong with them. I would suspect the uneven wear is one of three things.

If it is cupping that the rear shocks are worn out.

If it is wearing out the inside or outside tread the alignment is off.

If the inside and outside tread are worn more than the center tread or the center tread is worn out more than the outside tread than its a tire inflation issue.

It is not common for the rear bearings to fail and especially not both at the same time. I have also never had a bearing cause a tire wear issue.

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

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Well uneven wear is not the bearings ,the main cause is worn shock absorbers ,wheel bearings will just make a noise

Posted on Sep 30, 2010

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