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Jason Goldsack

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« on: June 08, 2011, 03:58:23 AM »

Last September I had to put a wheel bearing in my 1997 Sebring... 40 000 k ( 25 000 miles) I had to replace it again... grrrrrr...

It's not a press in either.. you have to buy the whole assembly... GRRRR

The car has 112 000 miles on it but wow.. you would think I could get more than 25 000 miles out of a replacement unit...



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« Reply #1 on: June 08, 2011, 04:30:58 AM »

Bet it was Chinese made... and have a feeling we're all going to be
replacing mechanical wear parts more often as time goes on and most car
parts are made by low cost manufactuers  in their perpetual race
to the bottom... sigh... 

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« Reply #2 on: June 08, 2011, 02:47:38 PM »

i agree..


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« Reply #3 on: June 08, 2011, 03:23:33 PM »

Agree, but if you think about it really hard, we (as in American continent countries) are doing it to ourselves most of the time. On second thought, the Japanese are doing the same thing (they make some pretty good parts, too, after we taught them how to do it).
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« Reply #4 on: June 08, 2011, 03:40:23 PM »

My Sebring is made by Itchybushy so it's is basically a Jap car anyways..


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« Reply #5 on: June 08, 2011, 03:48:00 PM »

Right, but we are talking about replacement parts. Heck, I ended up replacing the thermostat neck on the Dakota and it was made in China (which of course got filed off the housing).
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« Reply #6 on: June 08, 2011, 05:12:36 PM »

Next time the tire is off I'm gonna check the hub to see where it is made..


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« Reply #7 on: June 08, 2011, 10:48:58 PM »

Quote from: dana44
On second thought, the Japanese are doing the same thing (they make some pretty good parts, too, after we taught them how to do it).

Jap-parts never need the "clearancing" I had to learn to accept on US-made stuff LOL
But I agree with Roger, its a cost-issue. The Chinese CAN make very good parts (as do Germans, Japanese, Americans, etc) but its greed from parts suppliers that they dont want to pay half a dime more on the purchase of their parts, and we then get stuck with sub-standard parts from indifferent suppliers... Of course there's usually a decent alternative around, but not everybody is able (or willing) to pay more for the maintanance of his car.


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« Reply #8 on: June 09, 2011, 02:05:36 AM »

As a service advisor at my work,I deal with this issue on a daily basis.
I get it from both sides--customers that come back due to  short lived faulty parts,and mechanics who gripe having to do the job twice.
My experience is only certain cars you can install "offshore" or "whitebox" parts without problems.
We used to give our customers the option of economy part or quality part.
Now we stick with the quality part and stress the point to our customers that they do get what they pay for.Better fit,longer lasting and better warranty.
For wheel bearings,stay away from the AC Delco line.We now install SKF exclusively.
We use AC Delco and Raybestos rotors since the offshore ones are square right out of the box.
AC Delco alternators and starters are junk (made in Mexico) We use Bosch,Fenwick and Powerite.
For Imports only Beck Arnley or dealer  parts are used.
We had fitment and machining issues on water pumps and housings,etc.
Serpentine and timing belts we use Goodyear Gatorback for their quiet operation,fitment and lifetime warranty
My customers trust me when I tell them for the few extra bux,they will not be back for the same problem 6 months from now.
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« Reply #9 on: June 09, 2011, 03:52:29 AM »

How about front-end stuff? What's good?? 

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« Reply #10 on: June 09, 2011, 05:13:54 PM »

thats a good question. what front end parts would you recommend for value of quality AND price. tired of replaceing wornout ball joints and tie rods 2 or 3 times a year
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« Reply #11 on: June 09, 2011, 07:15:05 PM »

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« Reply #12 on: June 09, 2011, 07:58:53 PM »

Quote from: 1965Windsor361
My Sebring is made by Itchybushy so it's is basically a Jap car anyways..


 
Only if it's a 2-door.  4-door cars were not Mitsu-made.   To that, I have 190,151 miles on the Stratus (same car, unless yours is the 2-door) and have only replaced one front bearing.  If we do have the same car I'd say you have a problem that's wearing them early.
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« Reply #13 on: June 11, 2011, 12:25:38 PM »

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Quote from: 1965Windsor361
My Sebring is made by Itchybushy so it's is basically a Jap car anyways..


 
Wheel bearing up here in the snow belt take severe beatings of the road conditions caused by the freeze and thaw,salting and plowing .
During the spring thaw--or as wee call it pothole season--the roads are in their worst condition.
At my work,we see many wheel bearings getting replaced on all makes and models in the springtime.
 
 
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