Comp Engineering Student
- 2002 Mazda Protege5
My father actually told me the same thing--buy an assembly that's "sealed", he said. But that was before he reconsidered and told me not to fuck with it, and just send the car to a shop.Don't get an economy bearing.
I did and it wasn't a "sealed" bearing... It just had a "dust cap" that does little to keep water out.
The SKF bearing at Rockauto specifically says "sealed" and as far as I know it is a quality bearing (although it is the most expensive)
Doing a front bearing is usually a huge job and you'd hate to have to do it again in 6 months because of a crap bearing.
I'm kind of leaning towards just sending it in, mostly because we get bad rust around these parts, and supposedly, this will be the first time this car gets a new bearing. Dunno if I want to screw with a part that had 16 years worth of rust-welding...
...Plus, I got a time attack to attend on the 20th, and I'd rather have one project (replace fuel filter + strainer just in case) rather than two.