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    Default Rear wheel bearings

    I can find nothing in the owners manual about when to check or change out the rear wheel bearings. Should a dealer always check if they change the rear tire? I have 39,000 miles on my F3 and wonder if the bearings need to be greased or replaced.
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    The bearings are sealed and you would need to remove them in order to repack them. Yes a good shop would check your bearings during a rear tire change. If you fo not trust that your dealer is doing this find another shop.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JKMSPYDER View Post
    I can find nothing in the owners manual about when to check or change out the rear wheel bearings. Should a dealer always check if they change the rear tire? I have 39,000 miles on my F3 and wonder if the bearings need to be greased or replaced.
    My dealer / mechanic checks bearings and sprockets etc with every tire change. I just had rear wheel bearings and Cush drive pucks done at 86000 km. Only outer sprocket bearing showed a little rust. I had it done as a preventive maintenance thing in prep for longer ride.
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    Default With tire change unless.....

    One should check them with each tire change as it is the easiest and best time to do so. If you develop some belt issues and vibrations issues you should check them. Most issues with the bearings come from belt tension and adjustment so keep those done properly and they will last a long time. I have 40,000+ and all good. Sealed bearing are simply replaced and not repacked. Many brands available.....
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    The technician at the dealership where I have rear tires mounted inspects them every time. When I had a new tire installed at 55.6K miles before my long trip to CO I called the dealership to find out if they had all the parts in stock if mine were found to need replacing and they did not have all of 'em, so I had them order me a complete set. Mine were still good so each time I get another new tire, like once every two years, I'll throw the package of parts in the Spyder so of they're needed they're there. Would hate to have to do a 180 mile comeback if the parts guy didn't have all of them when the new tire was to go on.
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    I check my bearings every summer. At 70,000 miles the original bearings are doing good. My experiance my differ from yours. Happy Spydering. Bruce
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    Quote Originally Posted by safecracker View Post
    I check my bearings every summer. At 70,000 miles the original bearings are doing good. My experiance my differ from yours. Happy Spydering. Bruce
    Actually Bruce, I can't remember of hearing of a rear or front wheel bearing failure ….. I know lots of folks change them out frequently, but imho the failure rate is exceedingly small ……. Mike

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    We have seen several rear bearing failures. With the older 2 piece rear wheels they were much more common and bearing replacement was every 20k or so. Usually every other tire. With the newer wheels, the earliest failure I know of is in the 50k range. BRP still recommends 28k service interval on the rear bearings but I think its overkill with the newer one piece wheels.

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    The problem I've experienced with them is the bearings eventually becoming a loose fit in their bore, both the pulley double-row bearing and the hub bearing not locked in with the large internal nut.
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