Join Date: Sep 2010
Location: Hagerstown MD
Drives: 2001 Kia Sportage, 1989 Mazda B2200
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929 bearing fits, still junk like the sportage part, found temp fix
I went to the wreckers today, they have two Mazda 929 sedans, one is an 89 model with 65k on the odometer, not wrecked, perfect body, and a 91 model with 97k on the odometer and a broken timing belt. I pulled the front section of the driveshaft from the 89 model with the center bearing attached and lined it up next to the sportage part. The center bearing mount is the exact same but the driveshaft section is 2 inches longer and has a larger transmission input shaft section, so the whole shaft cannot be used. the carrier bearing I pulled had more play than the one on my truck and made more noise when spun so I decided not to even bother with buying it. I pulled the carrier bearing and front driveshaft section from my truck to see if there was a way to lube it. There is a metal dust seal that covers the front side of the bearing that can be bent back slightly with a flathead screwdriver. Underneath you can see the actual bearing. The new bearings I have seen at the kia dealer have a rubber dust seal on the bearing, strangely this was not present on my bearing and may be why so many of these wear out quickly. I used a handful of hi temp bearing grease and smooshed as much of it into the bearing as I could, until it could be seen coming out the dust seal on the opposite side. Then I used a flathead screwdriver to bend the dust seal back into place and reinstalled the driveshaft. It still has some play but is much quieter while driving and should buy me some time til I get a replacement.