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    Also I've had a similar issue with the centre hub that's part of the rear brake discs,
    a new bearing I was fitting to the rear disc's, again it felt loose so had to purchase a new set of rear disc's, so possibly the rear hubs are similar in that you're only able to punch / press them in 2 to 3 times max ??

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    Won't the bearing expand as it heats up. Can't say I've encountered this issue and my hubs are the 230,000mile originals
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    I guess I was lucky with mine then . Mine are on 155k . I suppose the inside bore can get worn ?. It’s a lot of dough for a new pair .

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    I pressed a new bearing in my NSF, no issues, 95Kish miles, but it was an OE bearing.

    With nothing moving inside the actual housing I cant see how it can wear?

    Undersized bearings would be my guess

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    Quote Originally Posted by robrado974 View Post
    I guess I was lucky with mine then . Mine are on 155k . I suppose the inside bore can get worn ?. It’s a lot of dough for a new pair .
    My theory is that large, heavy wheels with incorrect offsets, combined with low suspension and excess camber can cause an issue with the wheel bearing housings where a tiny bit of play can develop between the bearing and the housing. My first Corrado had a very strange issue when I bought it where backing up and turning would cause a loud "crack" sound from both sides of the front of the car, almost like a gun shot. I could feel the vibration in my feet, and it had a slight springy sound as well, so I figured it was a loose suspension component, vibrating the spring.

    But replacing all that made no difference. It was a difficult problem to diagnose, since it was such a weird, unnatural problem that you likely would never see but for lowered vehicles with oversized wheels, which mine had when I got it. I got rid of those wheels, and put a normal suspension in the car, and swapped the housings for a pair of used Passat housings I found, and this instantly cured the problem. I think a lot of people make dumb modifications that result in bizarre failures you won't ever see otherwise, and these can be very difficult to diagnose, like worn/warped wheel bearing housing bores.

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    Can they be tapped in with a hammer? I have some new housing and bearings and not gotten round to taking them to a garage to get them pressed in. Would rather do it myself though
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bowen View Post
    Can they be tapped in with a hammer? I have some new housing and bearings and not gotten round to taking them to a garage to get them pressed in. Would rather do it myself though
    Its a bit "bush fix". Presses are cheap if you have room? My floor standing 20T was £90 delivered to my door.

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    I've run out of room, got 4 vr lumps in the garage at the moment ��
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    Quote Originally Posted by Jim Bowen View Post
    Can they be tapped in with a hammer? I have some new housing and bearings and not gotten round to taking them to a garage to get them pressed in. Would rather do it myself though
    You could with a hammer and appropriately sized socket or cup. Some people freeze the bearing to make it a bit easier to install. I'd rather press them in though, as hammering on round things tends to make them less round.

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    Quote Originally Posted by a_riot View Post
    You could with a hammer and appropriately sized socket or cup. Some people freeze the bearing to make it a bit easier to install. I'd rather press them in though, as hammering on round things tends to make them less round.
    Yeah as above it's better using a 10 tone or 15 tone press when fitting the cartridge type bearings, as using a hammer and socket can damage the seals, and there's a small risk of creating fine metal filings which could possibly get into bearing if the seal is damaged.

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