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  1. Mags52

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    Drove our motorhome for the first time in about 6 weeks and heard a slight rumbling noise from the front. Up to 50 mph and it sounded like a distant jet engine taking off so took it into the garage. It was the wheel bearings. They've just called to say that with 20 ton of pressure from the machine that pops them out and they won't budge. They're taking it to a heavy commercial garage to try up to 35 tons! He just wanted to warn me that something might break and that the bill could well be huge.
    This is a 5 year old Fiat Ducato with only 25k on the clock. We've already had to have the clutch replaced. Feeling dismayed ...:whatthe:
     
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    Another case where the "like" button is inappropriate.

    I hope the bearing pops out with no problems and no collateral damage.

    A letter to Fiat might be worthwhile - this just shouldn't happen on a newish vehicle with very few miles on the clock.
     
  3. geo glasgow

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    my auto trail fiat ducato bearings went at the weekend as well

    whole lot smashed up hub the lot,,, iv just bought complete left and right full assembly
    i managed to extract bearings and hub with the correct tool im sure the guys are doing the correct job. cant think of what they could break if its solid i would hit with heat then extract,, what is huge bill bearing full replacement on one side should be around £2000,00 +vat maybe £60 more depending where you are in the uk no more than that,, good luck,
     
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    2 grand for a wheel bearing:Eeek::Eeek: more than many vans are worth:Sad:
     
  5. Mags52

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    I really hope it isn't £2k. :cry:
     
  6. dave newell lvs

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    There are several different tpyes of front wheel bearings used on Ducatos, which one you have will depend on which weight category the original chassis falls into. The "14 Heavy" chassis has a dual ball race bearing with a one piece outer housing which is both inner and outer races for the two ball races. This bearing is about 3.5" diameter and similar depth and will need to be pressed out with a hydraulic press. Most of the ones I've done have taken around 6 tonnes of pressure to shift them but I did have one that took the full ten tonnes of my press and still no signs of movement. I applied heat in moderation and waited......................no joy. Let it cool down then tried the heat again, this time applying a bit more and waited...................nothing. Grabbed a coffee and stood looking at it for a minute or two contemplating my next step. Then suddenly and with the loudest bang you could imagine it gave in and shifted! After I'd cleaned up the coffee it only took about 1/2 tonne to finish removing the bearing.

    The risk is if it doesn't come out you could damage the hub carrier and end up replacing it. The hub carrier does need to be mounted perfectly horizontal in the press or the force applied will be going into distorting the carrier rather than moving the bearing.

    D.
     
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    I know the 'bang' you are talking about. Mine was recently pressed out in a local haulage company workshop. All the fitters gathered round as it was not budging and when it did go some of them actually ran for cover! :ROFLMAO:
     
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    £2k for a wheel bearing .. are they made of platinum.:Eeek::Eeek:

    and I thought Honda spares were expensive.. which they are.. but not that much..
     
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    Its easy with the right tools apparently

    [ame="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BXLvVkrA5dw"]Replacing of front wheel bearing Peugeot Boxer / Citroen Jumper / Fiat Ducato 1091-17 - YouTube[/ame]
     
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    I think it's the unicorn semen grease that costs...
     
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    I'm sure it is that easy with a couple of grands worth of fancy hydraulic kit and no bodywork, driveshafts, steering gear or ten years worth of road grot to deal with. Sadly I live and work in the real world and not in a video studio where everything is pristine and brand new.:cry: Oh yeah, and off the vehicle already:ROFLMAO:

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    Hence the apparently :winky:
     
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    Hope it all gets sorted out soon and is not too expensive.

    Strangely enough we were just talking about you both last night as hadn't seen you post for ages and wondered if you were on holiday in Europe.

    Kath and Howie
     
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    Its one of those moments when you discover you can actually breathe IN through yer bum::bigsmile::Eeek:::bigsmile:

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    When we got our mh it came with bills for work done, one of them is for new wheel bearing and compleat set of front brakes, labour £266 parts £221 plus vat total £585 and that's from a Peugeot dealer in bilston:thumb:
     
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    i looked at one on youtube how to change your bath taps and the bath was in the middle of the room
    actually the best one is wheeler dealers on telly where his always got a mate to do a quick respray for a couple of hundred quid or the interior for a bmw for £30
     
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    your falling in love wae the like button,,,,,,



    AGAIN,,:RollEyes:
     
  18. geo glasgow

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    Sorry ment to say£200.00

    WHAT A TIT,,,, I AM,,
    2K WHAT WIZ AH THINKIN,,,,

    SORRY £200 AT THE MOST,,,,,,THAT WOULD BE A GARAGE CHARGING VAT,,,,:cry:
     
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    Sorry sorry sorry £200.00 thats wjat i ment

    AGAIN you must think im a $%£$^*()(&*^%^*(*^,,,,,,,(*&^^%^%$$^:shout:
     
  20. JockandRita

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    Not really. I just think you put the decimal point in the wrong place, causing others to suck a huge amount of air in. :roflmto:

    Cheers,

    Jock.
     
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