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Anybody got a spindle?...

I just recently had to replace my left front wheel bearing on my 1991 Ford Festiva, and my mechanic told me that the races in the spindle unit that housed the bearings were worn and that I would soon have to replace the spindle or face having my wheel bearings fail again. Is this particular item a junkyard item or can it be located thru a parts dealer?

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I'm not a mechanic. But since you've had no answer, here goes.

Each wheel bearing replaced contains a race and bearings of its own. If your mechanic replaced the cup that the bearing sat in (steel ring with a tapered inside that matches the angle of the rollers) then there is nothing more to do with the wheel bearings to make the bearings last.

Now the steering on the other hand... The axle goes through the wheel hub horizontally - allows forward rolling for the wheels. The steering needs a similar thing, but it can't use an axle as there is already one going through the hub. For the steering, picture a big hand that grips your wheel hub, holding only at the top and bottom. Where the fingers and thumb (ie the spindles top and bottom) met the hub, there needs to be some sort of bearing or sealed pivot point as well. This allows the hub to turn when the vehicle is steered.

This may be what he was talking about, and it is quite feasible that some of its components may need replacing as they are a load bearing point. But... I wouldn't have thought it would extend the life of your wheel bearings drastically as they do different jobs. Have a chat to the mechanic to clarify what he/she said. I don't think they are being dishonest - maybe exaggerating the requirement a little.

Benefit of the doubt. Hope this helps. Phil

Posted on Nov 06, 2008

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