My Acura dealer does it again

32,000km after having the front left wheel bearings replaced, they are starting to make "that noise" again. Funny how the bearings on the other three wheels are still fine after 114,000km. I would have
understood if the bearings on any of the other wheels had gone bad, but give me a break! 32,000km?!?!
This is bullshit.
Crappy Acura replacement parts, perhaps.
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How do you know it's the front left again?
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On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 02:25:31 +0000 (UTC), Tegger said:

The sound is coming from the front left wheel.
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Honda-branded parts are the very best you can get, hands down. They can, however, be improperly installed.
Bearing noise comes and goes depending on steering input.
Under what /precise/ conditions does the noise occur and go away?
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On Mon, 16 Feb 2009 23:49:03 +0000 (UTC), Tegger said:

The noise is pretty much constant, and goes up in volume as I accelerate. It does not seem to change much with stearing input. I got to do a lot of hightway driving over the weekend, and at those speeds, it sounds like a truck tire. That is the exact same sound as when the bearings went bad the last time. When this happened three years ago, I though I was having a tire problem until they told me it was the bearings. So, of course, I'm making an assumption...
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At this point I suspect tires.
The correct step to take now is to swap the tires left-for-right or front- for-rear and see if the noise moves.
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On Tue, 17 Feb 2009 06:30:16 -0500, Venture Rider said:

It's been confirmed by an independant garage: The front-left bearing is making that noise. The one that was replaced by the Acura dealership only 32,000km ago. What did the dealership say? It normal, if you hit a bump or something.
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I replaced a ball joint on my old Accord with one purchased at a parts store. They have a shop in the back that pressed it in for me. Afterwards, the steering was just not right. It took me a while to get up the courage to take the knuckle back off and ask for replacement. I suggested it may have been installed badly, and was told that they can just be bad in the box. Who knows. The second one was great. At least somebody else has to do the work replacing it for you.
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It's NOT "normal".
It takes a specific assembly sequence and considerable force to install a front wheel bearing. Do it wrong and you wreck the bearing.
I'll bet this is due to a botched replacement. You're not getting the new bearing installed at the same place as the old, are you?
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Yeah, I agree with the Tegger. You need to take the car to another dealer. Let them know about the prior work. Most likely the idiots don't know how to do the work properly but there's a chance that there's some other problem lurking. In any event, it's time for a new set of eyes. No other dealer? Have the dealer's service manager call the district manager while you are present to explain the need for repeated repair.
Good luck.
Re. Honda replacement parts: my Integra needed wheel bearnings on a routine basis; about every 70K miles or so. It was the only car I've ever owned needing that work repeatedly. So either the parts or the design was marginal.
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On Thu, 19 Feb 2009 00:09:26 +0000 (UTC), Tegger said:

No. I've pretty much had it with my dealership.
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