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How long do the wheel bearings, both front and rear normally last in the ST?

Mines an 08 FL which has just hit 52k.

After getting it up in the air, having a nice gentle spin of each wheel then a good tug on each one to check for play etc there were no strange noises, no grinding, nothing to suggest a wheel bearing.

So decided to swap tyres around etc and still have the quite annoying 'rumble'

Anyone ever had problems with dry bearings on these cars as its starting to annoy me now, sometimes you dont hear it for days then other times, such as tonight it was quite a loud drone!
 

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ive tried different tyre pressures to try and eliminate them but can't see how this particular noise can be the tyres, especially as when it started the tyres hadn't been touched.
 

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If youve not had the wheel alignment checked its a good place to start! I would really say it needs doing every six months on the ST as they tend to go out of alignment a lot quicker than any other car!
 

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Thats my next port of call tomorrow, but just curious as to how long the berings last.

Used to have to replace at least one front or rear on the escorts every 60k ish
 

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My record was every 4k on my old focus. The inner bearing race used to separate from the outer and spin on the hub causing a screeching/grinding noise.

Luckily the hubs were only 30quid
 

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Mines an 07 with 45,000 miles. I had what I thought was a rear wheel bearing rumble / warble, Jacked up rear wheels, but found no side play, but when I spun them as fast a humanly possible I noticed the disc's was warped, replaced with new pads made the rumble go away.

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If youve not had the wheel alignment checked its a good place to start! I would really say it needs doing every six months on the ST as they tend to go out of alignment a lot quicker than any other car!
Full 4 wheel or just front tracking Andy?
 

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Alignment wont cure any 'rumble' noise

Like Alb says its either the rear tyres stepping on the inner edges, which will cause a bearing effect noise or yes the bearings are worn

its hard to put a life on bearings, i've seen some wear out after 15,000 miles or like my old ST, it had 75,000k and still had the orginal bearings
 

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i`d bet on the tyres, i`ve just replaced all 4 eagle f1`s and there was 3mm on the rear and at least 2mm on the fronts, but the racket they made was unbeleiveable i defo thought i`d a knackerd wheel bearing or two, but had them checked when mot was done no probs at all, fitted new tyres ultra smooth and silent again.

btw i fitted fulda sport control so far impressed

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Mine was an 08 facelift with 45k on the clock, the noise was an intermittent whine , which stopped on roundabouts when the thrust was on the NS front. New bearing fitted and all sorted. There was no evidence on jack up and spinning of anything untoward.
 

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Could be tyres as said, but Ford have a reputation for making bearings out of cheese. Fortunately they are reasonable cost and easy to fit.
 

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Do the fronts need pressing in/out on these?

Everything seems to have come at once,

service,
brakes,
tyre,
tracking,
front bushes,
all in december
 

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Just had my front bearings replace 32,000 miles and yes they need pressing in the bearing comes allready in the hub but the hub needs pressing out then back in
 

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Had my front one go on me last Christmas. Had the normal droning noise.
Car is going in tomorrow as some on the back wheel as now gone getting a proper clunking noise, even when jacked the car up and span the wheel and is evident, can actually fel the clunk now on every rotation but goes quieter after about 15 miles an hour.
 
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