Definitely the condition I was referring to, but I thaught the name of it
was a more unusual one.
Thanks for the interesting website.
I'll now be able to use more technical terms than just, 'It's buggered' :-)
It seems wheel bearing play is the same on every axis of the wheel. Without
applying much force there is a small movement which stops with a gentle knock.
I loosely clamped about a 1 metre stick to the wheel with an F clamp. I wobbled
the wheel (rear) with hands at 3 and 9 o`clock. The left wheel showed 2 mm
movement at the end of the stick, and the right wheel showed 1 mm, approx.
For a 13 inch wheel that must give about 0.13mm play for the left and 0.07mm
for the right. I did not use enough force to distort the tire and change the
Thanks for all the comments. Anyone prepared to give comparative data?
A small amount of play is perfectly in order with a fixed adjustment bearing
like this. Ideally there will be no play (just). If the wheel bearing is
quiet and there is a little play at the rim, then that is quite ok, ignore
Without the flywheel effect of brake drum and wheel I would not expect the
hub assembly to continue to spin. (the grease is thick and sticky and will
slow the bearing quickly)
Thanks. I suppose that if there is too much play in these dual ball
races that the balls will get hit a bit harder on bumps. With worn
bearings the wheel may attain a greater sideways movement relative to
the axle before the bearing suddenly has to arrest that.
Though that must happen with the adjustable bearings, too.
Porters manual says that the Uno sealed bearings usually last a long
time. Though this Uno 45 car is 1988 it has only done 75,000 Km. It
has not done much hard cornering, or indeed a great deal of cornering
at all in its last 40,000. I thought I had read that the Uno 60s will
wear out wheel bearings faster as they are the same bearings on a more
If the break had once been rubbing and so heating the bearing would it
have spoiled the lubrication and increase wear? If the grease had come
out then the bearing would be very noisy, I suppose.
Does extra torque on the securing nut deform a sealed bearing at all?
Would even the 160 lb ft in Haynes be squeezing the bearing enough to
make it overheat and wear?
Bottom of the doors go because often the window sealing strip (that rubs
against the wind up side windows) shrinks or is short to start with. Rain,
driven by the slipstream, moves rearward to the door upright, then is
forced down through the gap, and sprays around the unpainted lock
area, before draining into the bottom of the door, where it capillaries
into the door seam, as well as staying static in the not well ventilated
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