I have a 07 Escalade. The right front wheel bearing hub shows sign of being worn out. Can that be the case? The car has only run 56K miles and I have the stock 22 rims.
If the bearing is bad, which means GM still use the same shitty bearings they used on the Chevys in the beginning of 2000? I had to change both front hubs on my 2001 Crew Cab before it had passed 50K!
Thundercat97, please email me anytime at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com with the last eight of your VIN and I would be happy to look into this matter further for you. I realize you're asking for other owners' opinions, so I hope they'll be chiming in with the feedback you're seeking!
We have customers with over 200k with the stock front wheel bearings, which I find amazing running 22" wheels for that many miles
I changed my first bearing with only a bad sensor about 180k and the other was actually the bearing at well over 200k, ive had stock 17's along with aftermarket 22's and 24's ... The cost of ownership for this vehicle cannot be beat imo
what r the signs of a bad wheelbearing,as we are going threw a noise now,at around 20-40 mph and making a little turn its sounds like something is slapping around at times and doing the same speed sounds like metal rubbing or like the tire is in a rut on the road
What does the rim size have to do with premature bearing failure? I have the stock 22"s on my EXT. I would believe the possibility of some rims with radical "Offsets" causing possible wear issues. Also tire/rim combos that have an excessive total weight that would cause undo wear and tear on the suspension components. Just a curious question regarding a "rim size only" reason for wear issues, without taking offset & total unsprung weight into account. I've had 16.5", & 18" rim / tire combos that weighed substantially more than the stock 22"s and tires that are on my EXT right now. The 16.5" rim / tire combo did cause premature bearing failure on my 97 Dodge Ram. I changed over to an 18" rim / tire set-up that was lighter and never changed bearings after that.
Perhaps there are some alignment issues to consider as well? Also, if the vehicle was pre-owned, it may have been abused enough to cause early bearing wear, or was driven in an area that is not bearing friendly. And of course.....possibly....the bearings just plain wore out, and a new set may last twice as long
The size of the rim add's additional weight as well as the diameter with cornering and turns with all the weight of the escalade adds to the wear and tear of the hub bearing's. Not sure if there are different hub bearing assemblies for our year escalades that come equipped with the stock 22's or the stock 18's but either way if the same wheel bearing is used on each model you can guarantee the escalades with the 22's will have to change out their hub assemblies before the owners with the 18" wheel combos. Just changed mine out at around 120k and mine originally came equipped with the 18" rims however the previous owner got rid of the 18" stock wheels and purchased some bozzo 23" rims for it even though he lived in minnesotta? Can't seem to understand that one. Anyways short story, adding larger diameter rims and the extra weight of the rim will decrease a hub bearing's lifetime.