What brand of wheel bearing do you recommend or don't recommend?

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  1. nicolas_xu

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    After some research, I found
    Moog seems the the most expensive one, cost $280 each on autozone,
    this one cost $65 a pair and free shipping.

    I'd like to buy a good quality one, but don't want to over spend on their brand equity.

    Is there a mid market one that offers decent quality with reasonable price?
    My car is 2014 Prius Two, with 45k

    Also, I am new to wheel bearing. If you know the technology related wheel bearing, I'd love to learn about it. Thank you!
     
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    No previous experience replacing wheel hub bearing assemblies. Have you looked on rock auto dot com?

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    They have very good price. Thanks a lot for the suggestion!
     
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    Timken too.
     
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    are your wheel bearings already shot with 45.000 miles??
     
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    Yes, one of the front one. I am the second owner. The car has been driving in LA area. High temperature around 140 F. Do you think it is reason of premature failure?
     
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    LA like Los Angeles or Louisiana?
    neway, shouldn't matter, in neither one shouldn't be temperatures as high as 140....
    reason for the failure?
    no clue, but for sure not age /
     
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    Los Angeles, CA, not Louisiana.

    In Los Angeles, if a car is exposed under sunshine, the interior temperature will rise to 140 F. Human body will not have this temperature since we have circularly system, unless I am dead.

    I believe the metal part is pretty hot as well. But the cause is still not conclusive.
     
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    Are you running tire pressures at spec, or not much higher. Just have thought that really high pressures could stress bearings more.
     
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    Make sense. What is the recommended pressure by manufacture?
    Costco gives me 33 PSI, and I measure it after tire change. I will inflate them to 40 exact with this one.
     
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    That's not too much over pressure, and 15" are more forgiving.

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    Our 17's ride harsher, I'll set them to 36 (all four), then leave till they drop below 34. Spec is slightly lower:

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    I'll typically air up at Chevron, they still have free air up here, a simple policy that I think wins them many more customers. If I want to top up at home I use a manual bicycle pump, works fine, a little bit of a workout:

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    Sounds like the first owner ran over potholes everyday at high speed while banking real hard in turns. Just sounds a little odd that at 45k you are replacing a wheel bearing. But hey, I am only going from my own experience in other cars. I don't know anything about Prius's wheel bearings lifetime.
     
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    45 is really early, maybe just defective. i don't see la members complaining.
     
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    I read the Prius wheel bearings are a design that's lower rolling resistance, gains CAFE merit points, but don't last as well.
     
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    Nicolas, I am at 195K on my Gen3 and am experiencing my first failure of the LR hub bearing as noted by a humming noise at freeway speeds. I chose to purchase a new Toyota bearing from Amazon for ~$200. Timken and Moog are two good manufacturers in my opinion, but I chose to go with factory since the first set has lasted this long. The wheel bearings on the Gen3 seem to be becoming an issue and I agree with others that 45K miles seems early for a failure. You might talk with the dealership and see if Toyota wants to participate in the repair cost. The cheaper alternatives from Ebay and Amazon are something to look at, but I have no experience with their reliability.
     
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    Much to my surprise dealer diagnosed the faulty bearing is at rear driver side and it is covered under warranty. They replaced it today, very fast and efficient! Thanks for the help from everybody!
     
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    Good to hear! You think they've got it, sound is gone?
     
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    yes, the rotational noise is gone, very smooth now.
     
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    I had to have the front right bearing replaced on my 2009 Gen 2 shortly after 60K.

    I think Toyota uses round bearings rather than cylindrical ones in these sets for lower rolling resistance at the expense of durability. There may also be some QC issues that affect certain vehicles - luck of the draw.
     
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