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Old 05-11-2023, 09:35 PM   #1
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I think I need a new LR4 bearing. Do LCA replacements "while I'm in there"?

A few incidents lead me to believe it needs at least one new bearing.

It's probably due for a full front brake job soon so I had dismissed some mild vibration under braking on the brakes.

Not sure if this is related but recently, when I had just swapped out the winter wheels for the AT wheels and tires, I experienced what felt like something hard hitting the wheel well (there was nothing on the highway). A heavy vibration ensued and I immediately pulled over. Upon inspection I found nothing and figured I would see if I could slowly limp the remaining mile to work. It drove perfectly to work and all the way back home. I only drive the LR4 to work when I bring Heidi (who is big and unhappy in the GTI).

Today, I drove it 20+ miles to work again with no problems. When arriving and maneuvering to reverse into a spot, I hears a squeal/shriek when I turned left. On the way home, I merge into the highway and the wheel wobbled a lot at over 65mph. I quickly got stuck in slow traffic for the remainder of the drive, but on a couple of instances when I got to drive a bit faster, there seem to be no wobble of the steering wheel.

I will put it up on my lift soon enough, but it seems like I have a (very?) bad bearing(s).

Questions:

1) LR4 only has low 50k miles. Should I just do both? I already need to do a full front brake job.

2) While I'm in there, should I just go for it and tackle the LCA's? These tend go in the 60-80 mile range.

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Old 05-14-2023, 08:39 PM   #2
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1) LR4 only has low 50k miles. Should I just do both? I already need to do a full front brake job.

2) While I'm in there, should I just go for it and tackle the LCA's? These tend go in the 60-80 mile range.
No opinion on the problem, but given the necessary disassembly for the needed job, it sounds like a no-brainer to me: 1) You may need it within 10K miles, 2) At the point this becomes a "must-do", it maybe too hot or too cold to do it conveniently.
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Old 05-15-2023, 08:28 AM   #3
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No opinion on the problem, but given the necessary disassembly for the needed job, it sounds like a no-brainer to me: 1) You may need it within 10K miles, 2) At the point this becomes a "must-do", it maybe too hot or too cold to do it conveniently.
Right. Also, talking to folks on LR forums, some think the noise may just be the LCAs and not bearings.
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Generally speaking, I try to replace anything that I'm touching when I go in for a job. Unless I know for a fact that it's good, parts are usually cheap.
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Generally speaking, I try to replace anything that I'm touching when I go in for a job. Unless I know for a fact that it's good, parts are usually cheap.
I'm definitely doing the LCAs. And frankly, they are not that expensive at ~$170 per side. Bearings, OTOH are $300 per side. If I sense anything off, I'll change them too, but if they seem perfectly normal I am not sure about those. Theoretically, they should be good for at least 100k miles, which for me would be another 10 years and another set of LCAs.
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I'm definitely doing the LCAs. And frankly, they are not that expensive at ~$170 per side. Bearings, OTOH are $300 per side. If I sense anything off, I'll change them too, but if they seem perfectly normal I am not sure about those. Theoretically, they should be good for at least 100k miles, which for me would be another 10 years and another set of LCAs.
Only $93 for "Timken" on AliExpress!
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Old 05-15-2023, 11:35 AM   #7
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Only $93 for "Timken" on AliExpress!
I do believe Timken is OEM, actually.

https://www.roverparts.com/driveline...ings/LR014147/

https://cad.timken.com/item/engineer...blies/ha500601

Rock Auto has it for under $200

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I do believe Timken is OEM, actually.
Timken may be OE, but I’d bet that “Timken” is not.
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Timken may be OE, but I’d bet that “Timken” is not.
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