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So my 2004 Ford Focus wagon has a rear wheel bearing issue that I've been working on for about a year. Originally I bought the super cheapo hub/bearings cause the car is old and only used for the wife's short commute and for utility jobs. I've never done a repair like this but with the help of YouTube it wasn't that difficult. About 7 months later I noticed the howl was back! So I said screw it and went to Autozone and got a Duralast hub. Now a few more months later the howl is back again!!! Now I'm thinking it can't be the Duralast hub but I honestly cannot tell which side the noise is coming from. Suggestions are greatly appreciated. 😀

I need to add - I replaced the cheap hub on the right side with a Duralast hub the left side is still has the cheap hub.

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Turns out it was the Duralast hub that went bad and not the cheapo hub. Go figure! According to customer service Autozone will give me a free one so I'll have a spare ready.

Thank you for keeping us updated and glad it got resolved!

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This is why I only buy OEM wheel bearings!

I’ve had aftermarket ones go out after a few months of use.

Ofcourse, verify which one is roaring before you replace it.

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In a recent video I think Scotty may have pointed out why it went bad. He mentioned things failing easier when suspension components are damaged or need replacement. The rear shocks are pretty much shot so I guess I'd better stop being lazy and replace them. Don't know if that was the reason but couldn't hurt.

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And again, right side bearings are howling like a banshee! Oh well Autozone gave me another one but this time the aftermarket retaining nut was kinda stripped so I decided to buy one from Ford. $22 bucks but a much better nut in my opinion. Here's the odd part, the instructions that came with the hub and with the retainer nut are different. With the hub it says to rotate the hub until correct torque is achieved (173 ft-lbs) but the instructions from Ford are install the nut and tighten to 26 ft-lbs, then rotate the hub and torque to 81 ft-lbs, then another 60 degrees. This is the third time replacing this @#@$ thing and the last two I did it per the instructions with the hub. This time I'm doing it per Ford's instructions but 81 ft-lbs seems low to me, what do you guys think?

Please repost this question as a new topic, thanks.

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