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Old 02-19-2014, 10:58 PM   #1
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FR 2013 5th wheel model 3550RL: checking brake shoes and bearings I see that the bearings are made in China???? 1st wheel hub I pulled had a leaking seal, grease on my brake pads. Can I buy bearings made in the USA any more? Where do you purchase your bearings?
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Old 02-19-2014, 11:04 PM   #2
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Hard to find made in usa anymore; look on the box for country of origion, made in mexico or canada is better than china.
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Old 02-20-2014, 07:36 AM   #3
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Just buy Timken bearings. Regardless of where they are made, they are made to Timken's standards.
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Old 02-20-2014, 08:33 AM   #4
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Some Timkens are still made in the good 'ol USA. It will say on the box. Check with you local auto parts store when you replace. I understand National Bearings are still being made here, but that probably depends on the application. Two seasons ago I noticed excessive play in my Lippert SBS(sealed bearing system) design. I called Lippert and they sent out two brand new conventional axles with traditional bearings. All I had to do was swap my brake drum hardware over. What a disaster that SBS design is. There are plenty of threads showing premature failures and horrific damage.
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Wheel Bearings made in the USA

Gee Wiz, rattleNsmoke is correct. I changed my wheel bearing last month with Timken bearings made in the USA. I went to the local Napa auto parts and they had them the next day. It costs more but I think it is worth the cost. China bearings are about 15 dollars a tire and USA bearings are about 50 dollars a tire which includes the races. I have the ultra lube axles but I am not sold on them. I have been working cars for 40 years now and I have never had a bearing failure. I always get 50,000 miles on them and then I re grease them (my cars). You just need to use high quality high temp grease and pack them well. I do re grease the axles on the trailer every other year. Good Luck with your project.
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Just buy Timken bearings. Regardless of where they are made, they are made to Timken's standards.
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Old 03-01-2014, 07:29 PM   #7
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Stick with USA made, just because they say Timken means nothing if they are made in china. Little to no quality control on anything Chinese regardless of specifications...
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Gee Whiz you need to check out the following thread that was posted on this forum regarding your exact problem.[URL]. The NTSB is investigating this dangerous condition.

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Old 03-07-2014, 06:42 PM   #10
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I mentioned on this post that I was pulling my trailer wheels and checking brake pads and changing out bearings, races and seals. Well after pulling two more wheels I discovered that the outer bearing race is turning inside the hub. I have read on FR forums and after asking other mechanics, this is a no-no. I called Lippert Components and of course I got the run around. What's going on here? Now I must pull the first wheel again and re-check it
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