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    Astra MK4 TD LS - Rear wheel bearing problem

    Hi all,

    On my last car's MOT test, the tester advised me that one of the rear wheel bearings could do with getting replaced.
    I decided to change it myself. It's a complete sealed hub unit.

    My problem is that with this NEW unit, I get a slight play when rocking the wheel from top to bottom. About 5mm.

    All the nuts are tight and the play is definately from the bearing.

    Reading up on some posts, I shouldn't be getting any play... should I?
    Is it a faulty unit?

    Thanks for any advice.

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    There's something wrong if there's play. In fact, I wouldn't drive it with that much play, you'd find yourself off the road in a field very quickly.
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZS View Post
    There's something wrong if there's play. In fact, I wouldn't drive it with that much play, you'd find yourself off the road in a field very quickly.
    Thanks for the reply.

    Both of the other old units have no play in them.

    I have taken the unit off and returned it to the shop.
    They tried to give me a replacement, which also felt exactly the same.
    You could feel the tiniest bit of play on it, even with no wheel attached.

    They offered to get me a different branded unit, to see if that is any different.

    I will keep you posted.

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    Update:

    I just rang my MOT tester. He say's these are 'tapered bearings' and therefore you are allowed a little bit of play on them. !?

    If that is true, I suppose I'd better change both of the rear ones?

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    Out of interest - How much were u paying/quoted for a new rear hub?

    Just that I have a brand new Genuine Vx one (4 stud) that I never quite got round to fitting. If you're interested.

    Whereabouts u based? Postage may be a little on the pricey side but rather u have it than it collects dust.

    Let me know if ur interested.

    If not - hope ya get it sorted soon

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    Quote Originally Posted by GeordieBandit View Post
    Out of interest - How much were u paying/quoted for a new rear hub?

    Just that I have a brand new Genuine Vx one (4 stud) that I never quite got round to fitting. If you're interested.

    Whereabouts u based? Postage may be a little on the pricey side but rather u have it than it collects dust.

    Let me know if ur interested.

    If not - hope ya get it sorted soon
    Thanks for your kind offer Geordie. I would definately have taken you up on it, however I was given this 'other branded bearing' ... and this one had no play in it. I have now put it all together and the job is a goodun'

    Also, it may not have been worth your while. The unit only cost me £45 inc.
    I think you'll do well to sell it on ebay.

    Strange how all the bearings units from a different manufacturer have play in them

    BTW, Great forum. I'm thinking about what else I need help with, so I can post.

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    That tapered bearing thing is bollocks.
    2007 Metro Blue 5 door Mk5 Elite 1.7CDTI
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    Quote Originally Posted by ZS View Post
    That tapered bearing thing is bollocks.
    You were obviously right ZS. Otherwise I wouldn't have been able to eventually get the right bearing hub which didn't 'rock'.

    Thanks for your advice.

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