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Old 03-21-2003, 12:37 PM
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E Class Wheel Bearing

I recently repacked the front wheel bearings of my 95 E420 with 100K and was surprised the outer wheel bearing fit right up against the spindle "nut" - is this correct or should there be a star washer between the bearing & nut? Also, how to you know when that outer bearing is worn? I repacked because I thought I was hearing some noise at low speeds but now think it was due to my front tires being a very hard compound (NITO 460s). Finally, I snugged the bearing up by putting the allen wrench in the nut and turning until it stopped - the rotor turns fine and I did not feel any slack in moving the wheel & tire once back on.
Appreciate any pointers provided.
Cheers, Denny Argall
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Old 03-21-2003, 12:57 PM
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FOr what it is worth, my 87 300TD has the original bearings that I have never repacked and my car has 227K. I know I should repack, but my father-in-law who worked as an airline mechanic for 37 years said that wheel bearings go bad more often when played with than when left alone.

On your question about tightening for the nut, do a search for this and you will get some answers.

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